Commander Kenya Army Visits Soldiers in Nakuru Region

Commander Kenya Army Lieutenant General Walter Koipaton salutes in honour of the fallen KDF heroes during his visit to Gilgil Garrison.

Commander Kenya Army Lieutenant General Walter Koipaton visited Kenya Army units based in Nakuru region on Friday 17 July 2020. He visited soldiers based at Lanet Barracks and Gilgil Garrison where he reaffirmed the critical role played by the soldiers in defending the Republic of Kenya.

Commander Kenya Army Lieutenant General Walter Koipaton having a word with one of the soldiers upon arrival at Lanet Barracks, Nakuru.

Commander Kenya Army Lieutenant General Walter Koipaton having a word with one of the soldiers upon arrival at Lanet Barracks, Nakuru.

Commander Kenya Army Lieutenant General Raria Koipaton making his address during his visit to Lanet Barracks, Nakuru.

Commander Kenya Army Lieutenant General Raria Koipaton making his address during his visit to Lanet Barracks, Nakuru.

Kenya Army’s Engineers Brigade soldiers painting Larisoro Dispensary when they were carrying out renovation works in the facility.

Kenya Army Troops Conducts Cimic Activities In Samburu

Kenya Army’s Engineers Brigade soldiers painting Larisoro Primary School during renovation of the school.

The Kenya Army troops led by the Engineers Brigade conducted several Civil Military Cooperation (CIMIC) activities in areas neighbouring the Samburu Military Training Area (MTA). In Archers Post town, the troops repaired Archers Post-Larisoro main water supply line that supplies water to residents in the town and its environs. The water line was destroyed by floods at the Ewaso – Nyiro Bridge that connects Isiolo and Samburu Counties.

The troops also repaired the water line and carried out several repair works of the classrooms in Larisoro Primary School to assist improve the learning environment for the pupils. Larisoro Dispensary also received infrastructural face lift following the exercise.The Kenya Army also have future plans of constructing a football pitch at the Samburu Technical and Vocational Training College to encourage youths to take part in recreational activities.

These CIMIC activities were carried alongside a Command Post Exercise (CPX) that was conducted by the troops in the Samburu MTA. The CPX is a training exercise aimed at improving and maintaining proficiency and combat readiness of the troops to carry out their mandate of defending the republic from land based aggression.

Kenya Army’s Engineers Brigade soldiers carrying out piping works at the Larisoro Primary School when they were carrying out renovation works in the school.

Kenya Army’s Engineers Brigade soldiers carrying out piping works at the Larisoro Primary School after finishing renovations.

Kenya Army’s Engineers Brigade soldiers painting Larisoro Primary School when they were carrying out renovation works in the school.

Kenya Army’s Engineers Brigade soldiers painting Larisoro Primary School during renovations of the class blocks.

Kenya Army’s Engineers Brigade soldiers connecting destroyed water pipes along the Archers Post-Larisoro water supply line at the Ewaso Nyiro bridge.

Kenya Army’s Engineers Brigade soldiers connecting destroyed water pipes along the Archers Post-Larisoro water supply line at the Ewaso Nyiro bridge.

Kenya Army’s Engineers Brigade soldiers connecting destroyed water pipes along the Archers Post-Larisoro water supply line at the Ewaso Nyiro bridge.

Kenya Army’s Engineers Brigade soldiers connecting destroyed water pipes along the Archers Post-Larisoro water supply line at the Ewaso Nyiro bridge.

Kenya Army’s Engineers Brigade soldiers connecting destroyed water pipes along the Archers Post-Larisoro water supply line at the Ewaso Nyiro bridge.

Kenya Army’s Engineers Brigade soldiers connecting destroyed water pipes along the Archers Post-Larisoro water supply line at the Ewaso Nyiro bridge.

Commander Kenya Army Lieutenant General Raria Koipaton Inspects a Guard of honour at the Headquarters of the Indian Armed Forces in Delhi India

Commander Kenya Army Visit To India

Commander Kenya Army Lieutenant General Raria Koipaton Inspects a Guard of honour at the Headquarters of the Indian Armed Forces in Delhi India

Commander Kenya Army Lieutenant General Raria Koipaton accompanied by other Senior Army Officers on the 19th November 2019 visited India to discuss issues of mutual interest pertaining Army training, innovation and combat in furtherance of the Memorandum of Understanding on Defence Cooperation.

The one-week visit hosted by the leadership of various India Army’s establishments entailed presentations and discussions including Riffle Training Centres, India College of Military Engineering, National Defence Academy, Armoured Corps School, Mechanised Infantry regimental Centre, Junior Leaders School of Infantry among others.

 Training on explosive ordinance disposal and counter Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) was identified as key to defeating the current asymmetric threat facing both states. With emphasis on IED mechanisms and neutralization procedures, detection, disposal process and developed infrastructure for post blast investigation. Accordingly, a Kenya – India work force to provide instructors to assist in curricular modernization for Kenya army training instuitions was among the key discussions noting Indian Army’s vast experience in asymmetric warfare and counter terrorism as a result of operations in Jammu, Kashmir and other troubled areas.

In the resent past Kenya – India bilateral relations have been marked by the Indian Army Chairman Chief of staff committee and Chief of Army Staff visit to Kenya in December 2018 and the Assistant Chief of Defence Forces Operations &Training visit in February 2019.

Commander Kenya Army Lieutenant General Raria Koipaton during a visit at the India College of Military Engineering.

Commander Kenya Army Lieutenant General Raria Koipaton during a visit at the India College of Military Engineering.

Commandant India Armoured Corps Centre and School, Maj Gen N Kaour takes Commander Kenya Army Lieutenant General Raria Koipaton on a guided tour of the School

Commandant India Armoured Corps Centre and School, Maj Gen N Kaour takes Commander Kenya Army Lieutenant General Raria Koipaton on a guided tour of the School

A group photo of the visiting delegation from Kenya Army and staff of the Mechanised Infantry Regimental Centre of the Indian Armed Forces

A group photo of the visiting delegation from Kenya Army and staff of the Mechanised Infantry Regimental Centre of the Indian Armed Forces

Kenya Army soldiers issuing drought pallets to the residents in drought stricken areas

Kenya Army Provides Relief to Drought Stricken Areas

Kenya Army soldiers issuing drought pallets to the residents in drought stricken areas

In fulfillment of KDF’s secondary role, Kenya Army in collaboration with other Kenyan Government Ministries, embarked on a relief exercise to supply water and drought pallets to drought stricken counties of Marsabit, Isiolo, Tharaka Nithi and Meru North. The ongoing relief programme began on the 26th of September 2019 and will continue in efforts to alleviate the residents of the adverse effects of the drought. The relief programme has seen the provision of at least a million liters of clean water and over twenty thousand bags of 50 KGs drought pallets to Moyale, Beregesh, Garfasa, Maua, Laisamis, Lukenya, Tigania East, Marsabit, Isiolo, Beregesh and Garfasa.

The Kenya Army formations and units involved in the relief programme include Kenya Army Corps of Engineers who ensured water purification, Kenya Army Corps of Transport who facilitated the movement, Kenya Army medical personnel providing medical services with the Joint Helicopter Command on standby in case of any medical emergencies.

Kenya Army has in the past provided support to Kenyans during emergencies and disasters including the Solai Tragedy rescue, flood evacuation operation in Lamu, Tana Belt rescue mission, and have also conducted several free medical camps.

Regionally, Kenya Army was extensively engaged during the Mozambique Cyclone Idai search and rescue operation. In Somalia, Kenya Army troops in collaboration with other agencies continue to provide relief food, free medical services and water to the people of Somalia.

A Kenya Army soldier coordinating water distribution to the residents in drought stricken areas

A Kenya Army soldier coordinating water distribution to the residents in drought stricken areas

Kenya Army water bowzer dispensing water to the residents in drought stricken areas

Kenya Army water bowzer dispensing water to the residents in drought stricken areas

Kenya Army water bowzer dispensing water  to the residents in drought stricken areas

Kenya Army water bowzer dispensing water to the residents in drought stricken areas

Kenya Army water bowzer dispensing water to the residents during the ongoing relief exercise in drought stricken areas that began on 26th September 2019

Kenya Army water bowzer dispensing water to the residents during the ongoing relief exercise in drought stricken areas that began on 26th September 2019

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Commander Kenya Army Visit to Engineers Brigade

Commander Kenya Army Lieutenant General Raria Koipaton salute in honour of the KDF fallen heroes during his visit to 12 Engineers, Thika on 24th September 2019.

Commander Kenya Army, Lt Gen W. R. Koipaton, on Tuesday 24th September 2019 visited the Engineers Brigade in Thika as part of the routine visits to various military facilities.

The Engineers Brigade a vital entity within the Kenya Army as it is tasked with the critical role of enhancing mobility and survivability of troops deployed in hostile localities as well as routine maintenance of barrack facilities during peace time. This is not forgetting that they are infantry soldiers first.

Lt Gen Koipaton appreciated the secondary role of the Kenya Army Engineers that illuminates the KA and KDF as a whole in support of the National Goals. These include but not limited to mounting of the Military Bailey bridge in Narok County, borehole drilling in Vurungani Primary School in Kwale as well as in Kinango and enhancing mobility for supply of relief to Turkana, Mandera and Garissa counties.

During the Baraza, The Commander KA underscored the importance of additional training for the newly graduated infantry soldiers to include counter-IED and reverse osmosis water purification and unit maintenance. In his remarks he applauded the troops efforts citing, “I commend your innovation and efforts towards the support of the war in Somalia through the fortifications of our fighting positions, anti-VBIED weapon enhancement and construction of efficient firing range for all caliber weapons. However, with the ever evolving nature of the enemy we are facing, I charge you to work even harder to counter remote controlled and directional IEDs.” He added.

The Commander KA further urged the Engineers Brigade leadership to strive towards fostering a congenial relationship and association with other security agencies such as the National Police Service in the unified efforts of maintaining peace and security in our area of responsibility.

Also in attendance was the Engineers Brigade Commander, Brig Radina, Chief of Personnel Army Headquarters Brig Hassan, Commanding Officer 12 Engineers Battalion Lt Col Masai, Commanding Officer 10 Engineers Battalion Lt Col Muchira and Commandant School of Combat Engineers Lt Col Said, Officers and Service Members from the brigade.

Commander Kenya Army Lieutenant General Raria Koipaton addressing Soldiers in a Baraza at Thika Barracks .

Commander Kenya Army Lieutenant General Raria Koipaton addressing Soldiers in a Baraza at Thika Barracks .

WO1 Stephen Muli from Engineer’s Brigade interact with Commander Kenya Army Lieutenant General Raria Koipaton during his visit at 12 Engineers.

WO1 Stephen Muli from Engineer’s Brigade interact with Commander Kenya Army Lieutenant General Raria Koipaton during his visit at 12 Engineers.

Major John Wainaina explains to Commander Kenya Army Lieutenant General Raria Koipaton how water purification machine works.

Major John Wainaina explains to Commander Kenya Army Lieutenant General Raria Koipaton how water purification machine works.

Commander Kenya Army Lieutenant General Raria Koipaton being taken through a house plane in a contraction site in Thika Barracks by Lieutenant Colonel Gabriel Kibuchi.

Commander Kenya Army Lieutenant General Raria Koipaton being taken through a house plane in a contraction site in Thika Barracks by Lieutenant Colonel Gabriel Kibuchi.

Commander Kenya Army meets up with Best International Cadet from the Royal Military Academy

Commander Kenya Army Lieutenant General Raria Koipaton at his office with 2Lt Stephen Keiya.

Commander Kenya Army Lieutenant General Raria Koipaton on Tuesday 20th August 2019, received 2Lt Stephen Githongo Keiya and 2Lt Sally Jeruto Chebii. The two Officers who have just completed their military training from the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst met up with the Commander at the Kenya Army Headquarters.

The Officers performed exemplary well with 2Lt Keiya receiving the Hodson’s Merit Award for the best overall performance by an International Cadet, becoming the first recipient of the award from Kenya. He was honoured on Friday 9th August during the Sovereign’s Commissioning Parade at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst.

Commander Kenya Army congratulated the two and endeared them to continue to uphold their training values so as to become Officers of character, “the tenets of Leadership and Command should always be your guide as you take up your new roles as officers.”

The Kenyan Officers were among 33 international cadets out of 243 who underwent a rigorous training programme that involved Basic Military skills and Leadership at the Academy. 2Lts Keiya and Chebii are alumni of Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology with Bachelor of Science degrees in Disaster Management and International Diplomacy and Civil and Structural Engineering respectively.

Commander Kenya Army Lieutenant General Raria Koipaton at his office with 2Lt Sally Chebii.

Commander Kenya Army Lieutenant General Raria Koipaton at his office with 2Lt Sally Chebii.

2Lt Stephen Keiya during a field training exercise in Wales.

2Lt Stephen Keiya during a field training exercise in Wales.

2Lt Sally Chebii during a field training exercise in Wales.

2Lt Sally Chebii during a field training exercise in Wales.

2Lt Stephen Keiya and 2Lt Sally Chebii during rehearsals for their commissioning parade at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst.

2Lt Stephen Keiya and 2Lt Sally Chebii during rehearsals for their commissioning parade at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst.

Kenya Army Band receives its Unit Flag

Deputy Army Commander Major General Thomas Chepkuto presents Kenya Army Band Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Clement Nyakundi with the unit’s flag during the presentation of the Kenya Army Band flag and rebranded musical equipment at Lang’ata Barracks.

The Deputy Army Commander Major General (Maj Gen) Thomas Chepkuto presented the Kenya Army Band (KAB) and School of Music with their new flags and rebranded musical equipment in an event full of pomp and colour held at Lang’ata Barracks on 07th August, 2019.

In his speech, Maj Gen Chepkuto hailed the KAB for their dedication noting their presence in all national and military events entertaining guests with well-crafted musical tunes.  He further commended them on their vital role not only in the military but in the society citing “by playing music you not only entertain but honour our country by promoting culture through music, you also contribute towards the memorable moments shared by the guests in these national events.

The KAB play a variety of music styles to inspire soldiers, foster the support of citizens and promote national interests at home and abroad. The KAB was started in 1930, and operated under the British Protectorate within the jurisdiction of Kings African Rifles (KAR). The band has over the years progressively evolved adapting to the current trends of music whilst maintaining the professional military standards required.

KAB was later upgraded to a full unit on 11th August 2018 with Lt Col Clement Nyakundi as its first Commanding officer, Lt Col Nthiga Njagi as the the commandant of the Defence Forces School of Music and Lt Col Namboka Makadia as the Director of Music.

Kenya Army Roman Catholic Chaplain Lieutenant Colonel (Fr) George Maingi prays for the rebranded musical instruments during the presentation of the KAB flag and rebranded musical equipment at Lang’ata Barracks.

Kenya Army Roman Catholic Chaplain Lieutenant Colonel (Fr) George Maingi prays for the rebranded musical instruments during the presentation of the KAB flag and rebranded musical equipment at Lang’ata Barracks.

Deputy Army Commander Major General Thomas Chepkuto presents Kenya Army Band Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Clement Nyakundi with the Defence Forces School of Music flag during the presentation of the Kenya Army Band flag and rebranded musical equipment at Lang’ata Barracks.

Deputy Army Commander Major General Thomas Chepkuto presents Kenya Army Band Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Clement Nyakundi with the Defence Forces School of Music flag during the presentation of the Kenya Army Band flag and rebranded musical equipment at Lang’ata Barracks.

Deputy Army Commander Major General Thomas Chepukuto addresses the soldiers during the presentation of the flag and rebranded musical equipment to Kenya Army Band at Lang’ata Barracks.

Deputy Army Commander Major General Thomas Chepukuto addresses the soldiers during the presentation of the flag and rebranded musical equipment to Kenya Army Band at Lang’ata Barracks.

The Kenya Army Band performing during the presentation of the flag and rebranded musical equipment at Lang’ata Barracks.

The Kenya Army Band performing during the presentation of the flag and rebranded musical equipment at Lang’ata Barracks.

A display of the Kenya Army Band rebranded musical instruments.

A display of the Kenya Army Band rebranded musical instruments.

Commander Kenya Army Lt Gen Walter Koipaton interacting with the soldiers in a defensive position during his visit to Kenya Army troops operating under AMISOM.

Commander Kenya Army Visits Kenya Army Troops at Operational Areas

Commander Kenya Army Lt Gen Walter Koipaton interacting with the soldiers in a defensive position during his visit to Kenya Army troops operating under AMISOM.

Commander Kenya Army Lieutenant General (Lt Gen) Walter Koipaton visited Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) troops deployed in close operations and those serving under the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). This was under his routine visits that the commander makes to monitor and motivate troops in the field.

As the troops continue to defend the territorial integrity of the Republic of Kenya, such visits accord the commander an opportunity to interact and share experiences with the soldiers at their areas of operation.

The Commander was accompanied by several senior officers including Chief of Operations and Training Brigadier William Shume, Artillery Commander Brigadier David Tarus and Engineers Brigade Commander Brigadier Stephen Radina among others.

Commander Kenya Army Lt Gen Walter Koipaton being received by Lt Col Meshack Kishoiyan upon his arrival at Kismayu FOB during his visit to Kenya Army troops operating under AMISOM.

Commander Kenya Army Lt Gen Walter Koipaton being received by Lt Col Meshack Kishoiyan upon his arrival at Kismayu FOB during his visit to Kenya Army troops operating under AMISOM.

One of the soldiers conversing with the Commander Kenya Army Lt Gen Walter Koipaton during his visit to Kenya Army troops operating under AMISOM.

One of the soldiers conversing with the Commander Kenya Army Lt Gen Walter Koipaton during his visit to Kenya Army troops operating under AMISOM.

Artillery Brigade Commander Brigadier David Tarrus addressing soldiers during the Commander’s visit to troops deployed in close operations and those serving under AMISOM.

Artillery Brigade Commander Brigadier David Tarrus addressing soldiers during the Commander’s visit to troops deployed in close operations and those serving under AMISOM.

Commander Kenya Army Lt Gen Walter Koipaton, General Officers, Senior Officers and Commanding Officer’s in a group photo during this year’s COs seminar held at Kahawa Garrison.

Kenya Army Commanding Officers (COs) Seminar at Kahawa Garrison

Commander Kenya Army Lt Gen Walter Koipaton, General Officers, Senior Officers and Commanding Officer’s in a group photo during this year’s COs seminar held at Kahawa Garrison.

Commander Kenya Army Lt Gen Walter Koipaton and other officers observe a moment of silent at Kahawa Garrison Monument in honour of fallen heroes during this year’s COs seminar held at Kahawa Garrison.

Commander Kenya Army Lt Gen Walter Koipaton and other officers observe a moment of silent at Kahawa Garrison Monument in honour of fallen heroes during this year’s COs seminar held at Kahawa Garrison.

Commander Kenya Army Lt Gen Walter Koipaton giving his remarks during the 2019 Kenya Army CO’s seminar at Kahawa Garrison.

Commander Kenya Army Lt Gen Walter Koipaton giving his remarks during the 2019 Kenya Army CO’s seminar at Kahawa Garrison.

Kenya Army Chief of Operations and Training Brigadier William Shume giving his address during this year’s COs seminar held at Kahawa Garrison.

Kenya Army Chief of Operations and Training Brigadier William Shume giving his address during this year’s COs seminar held at Kahawa Garrison.

Kenya Army School of Signals Commandant Lieutenant Colonel SM Kinyanjui gives his contribution during this year’s COs seminar held at Kahawa Garrison.

Kenya Army School of Signals Commandant Lieutenant Colonel SM Kinyanjui gives his contribution during this year’s COs seminar held at Kahawa Garrison.

Deputy Commander Kenya Army Major General Thomas Chepkuto makes his address during the official opening of the Kenya Army Senior Commander’s HIV conference at International Peace Support Training Centre, Karen on 26 June 2019.

Decentralization of HIV/AIDS Care/Treatment in the Kenya Army

Deputy Commander Kenya Army Major General Thomas Chepkuto makes his address during the official opening of the Kenya Army Senior Commander’s HIV conference at International Peace Support Training Centre, Karen on 26 June 2019.

Kenya Army Medical Corps (KAMC) in partnership with the US Medical Research Department Kenya (USAMRD-K) successfully conducted a two days KA Commanders’ HIV-AIDS conference on 26th and 27th June 2019 at IPSTC Karen. The conference was aimed at bolstering commanders’ involvement at different levels in the KA, to achieve UNAIDS 90-90-90 treatment target by 2020. This is where 90% of all people living with HIV know their HIV status, 90% people with diagnosed HIV infection receive care and treatment and 90% of all people receiving antiretroviral therapy achieve viral suppression

During his opening remarks, Deputy Commander Kenya Army, Major General Thomas Chepkuto underscored the gains achieved through the Kenya Army-US Army partnership in sustaining a healthy and capable workforce in the Kenya Army. He however emphasized that this war must not be burdened on the medic only. “HIV/AIDS support programmes will be part of every Commander’s score card and performance contract. Be innovative and change your tactics to sustain and scale up prevention, care and treatment services in your formations.” He added.

Among the key topics covered included; the law and HIV, alcohol and substance dependence in HIV and Operation Triple Zero (OTZ) that focuses on scourge control amongst adolescents and young adults. Also of major concern was how best to deploy infected and affected personnel to deep and close operations, not forgetting family therapy.

The seminar culminated with the participants being provided with HIV Oral Self-Test kits that would facilitate testing at one’s own convenience. The kits would be made available across the country at the various Medical Reception Stations, Regional Comprehensive Care Centers as well as at Defence Forces Memorial Hospital.

The Director of Medical Services Major General (Dr.) George Nganga address participants during the Kenya Army Senior Commander’s HIV conference at International Peace Support Training Centre on 26 June 2019

The Director of Medical Services Major General (Dr.) George Nganga address participants during the Kenya Army Senior Commander’s HIV conference at International Peace Support Training Centre on 26 June 2019

Lieutenant Colonel Njoki Waititu and the Director General of United State Army Medical Research Department- Kenya (USAMRD-K) Dr. Dorothy Njeru moderate a discussion during the Kenya Army Senior Commander’s HIV conference at International Peace Support Training Centre on 26 June 2019.

Lieutenant Colonel Njoki Waititu and the Director General of United State Army Medical Research Department- Kenya (USAMRD-K) Dr. Dorothy Njeru moderate a discussion during the Kenya Army Senior Commander’s HIV conference at International Peace Support Training Centre on 26 June 2019.

Commandant School of Artillery Lieutenant Colonel Shadrack Musau, contributes to a discussion during the Kenya Army Senior Commander’s HIV conference at International Peace Support Training Centre on 27 June 2019.

Commandant School of Artillery Lieutenant Colonel Shadrack Musau, contributes to a discussion during the Kenya Army Senior Commander’s HIV conference at International Peace Support Training Centre on 27 June 2019.