17 Kenya Rifles Hold Its First Unit Day

Chief Guest Commander 6 Brigade, Brigadier William Shume preside over quarter guard mounted by 17 Kenya Rifles during 17KR Unit day held in Nyali Barracks, Mombasa.

Chief Guest Commander 6 Brigade, Brigadier William Shume preside over quarter guard mounted by 17 Kenya Rifles during 17KR Unit day held in Nyali Barracks, Mombasa.

Commander 6th Brigade, Brigadier William Shume graced the inaugural Unit Day for 17 Kenya Rifles that was held on 13th July 2017 at the Nyali Barracks, Mombasa.

17th Kenya Rifles whose Motto is ‘DESERT RANGERS’, is one of the Units in the Kenya Army. It was formed in 2009 as a result of the then Kenya Army Commander’s medium term modernization program and is the senior most Unit of 6 Brigade. After the idea of the formation of the Unit was mooted, personnel were immediately posted, among them being the first Commanding Officer – Lieutenant Colonel Hussein Dida from 3 Kenya Rifles, his Battalion 2nd in Command Major Chivatsi from 7 Kenya Rifles and Unit Regimental Sergeant Major Warrant Officer One James Akanga from 50 Air Cavalry Battalion. The Unit was initially collocated with the Brigade Headquarters at Embakasi Garrison.

In 2010, Lieutenant Colonel Paul Njema and Major Ngeny were posted in and appointed as Commanding Officer and Battalion 2nd in Command respectively, Captain Shankata became the first appointed Unit Adjutant and Warrant Officer One William Ogutu, now the Army Sergeant Major, the Unit Regimental Sergeant major. The Unit’s official colour was also approved to be Burlywood. Personnel were then posted in from other Units who then concentrated at Stony Athi Rifle range to form up and train in preparation to move to Nyali Barracks (Mombasa) between 03-07 January 2012 to take over from 15 Kenya Rifles that relocated to their current location at Mariakani.

The 17th Battalion which has since changed its official colours from Burlywood to purple in 2017,is expected to receive its Presidential Color on 12th December 2018.  The ceremony will be officially presided over by the Commander-In-Chief of Defence Forces His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta.

17KR held its first Unit day as a way to enhance its espirit de Corps. The event, which saw former 17KR Commanding Officers, current Army Sergeant Major, former 6 Brigade Sergeant Majors, serving officers and service members come together, was a day meant to mark the long and great journey the Unit has gone through since its inception 9years ago. It was an event that was characterized with sharing of fond memories by the former commanding officers of the unit and Sergeant Majors who have overseeing the transition of the Unit into now a fully established, dependable and capableUnit like the rest in Kenya Army.

After the main event, there was a tree planting exercise that was led by the Chief Guest alongside other invited guests followed by a luncheon.

Brigadier William Shume escorted by 17KR Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Emmanuel Ptiony, greeting Warrant Officers formed up to receive him

Brigadier William Shume escorted by 17KR Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Emmanuel Ptiony, greeting Warrant Officers formed up to receive him.

A word of prayer for the Unit during the event.

A word of prayer for the Unit during the event.

Chief Guest Brigadier Shume addressing invited guests and 17KR personnel during the event.

Chief Guest Brigadier Shume addressing invited guests and 17KR personnel during the event.

A group photo of the Chief Guest, 17KR officers, Warrant officers and invited guests.

A group photo of the Chief Guest, 17KR officers, Warrant officers and invited guests.

17KR service members perform three cheers to the Guest of Honor.

17KR service members perform three cheers to the Guest of Honor.

Retreat of the flags to mark the end of the ceremony.

Retreat of the flags to mark the end of the ceremony.

Retired Warrant Officer 1 Francis Mulandi, the first 6 Brigade Sergeant Major, waters a tree during a tree planting exercise that took place immediately after the main event.

Retired Warrant Officer 1 Francis Mulandi, the first 6 Brigade Sergeant Major, waters a tree during a tree planting exercise that took place immediately after the main event.