Technician Graduates To Enhance KDF Equipment Serviceability

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Commander Kenya Air Force (KAF) Major General John Omenda, on October 27, 2022, presided over the 18th Defence Forces Technical College (DEFTEC) graduation Ceremony at Embakasi Garrison, Nairobi.

DEFTEC's mission is to Train Technical and Information Technology Human Resources, Conduct Research and Development for the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF), and Support and Sustain Industrialization Strategy, is a Tri-Service constituent College of the National Defence University of Kenya (NDU-K).

Commander KAF was briefed on the college's progress thereafter; he was taken through various ongoing projects that included: Vaccinations Management App, Military Smart Card Identification System, Pneumatic Sheet Metal Cutting Machine, and Hydraulically Angled Rocket Launcher, which are among the innovations initiated by DEFTEC students.

The 18th graduation saw graduands comprised of the Kenya Army, Kenya Air Force, and Kenya Navy, who graduated with Diplomas in various engineering fields, also conduct a colourful parade.

Speaking during the event, Maj Gen Omenda Congratulated the College for progressively registering commendable academic performance in Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) Exam Series for the past three years. He noted that in the 2022 July KNEC Exam, the college registered a 100 percent pass rate.

Commander KAF also encouraged the research department to focus on industrial sectors and recognized the outstanding performance of the college witnessed during the 2022 Nairobi International Trade Fair (NITF).

Consequently, he congratulated the graduands for their hard work and urged them to remain loyal and disciplined as KDF members.
"I am pleased to inform you that my office shall continue providing the necessary support that the College requires in attaining excellence," added Maj Gen Omenda.

His words were echoed by DEFTEC Principal Brigadier Mohamed Ali, who expressed satisfaction over the graduands.

"I wish to affirm that the graduands before you have been properly trained, educated, and examined. I, therefore, have no doubt whatsoever that they are qualified and competent enough to manage, service, repair, and maintain all Equipment in the KDF inventories," he stated.

Through NDU-K, the College endeavors to collaborate with Institutions and other organizations in supporting and sustaining the Industrialisation Strategy. Additionally, the college is preparing to host KDF Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) Symposium, which aims to showcase contributions by KDF Formations/Units, participating Companies, and Institutions to the National agenda.

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