Commander Kenya Army Lt Gen Walter Raria hands over a present of a portrait to outgoing Army Sergeant Major William Ogutu and his family.
After forty years of distinguished service to the country through Kenya Defence Forces, Kenya Army Sergeant Major (ASM) Warrant Officer Class One (WO1) William Ogutu finally hanged his boots in a colourful farewell ceremony at the Headquarters Kenya Army Ngao gardens on 15th February 2019.
This is the first time Kenya Army has accorded such a farewell party for a retiring ASM and it confirms the kind of positive impact that WO1 Ogutu has had in the Kenya Army Service and KDF as a whole.
Born in 1959, and enlisted into KDF in 1979, WO1 Ogutu has risen through the ranks up to three years ago when he was promoted to ASM, which is the top most rank for Kenya army service personnel with a huge responsibility of ensuring high military standards in matters discipline among army service members, drill and ensuring a continues passage of Kenya Army doctrines and traditions for the future generations.
The ceremony was graced by the Commander Kenya Army Lt Gen Walter Raria, his Deputy Maj Gen Thomas Chepkuto, senior officers, officers, Kenya Air Force and Kenya Navy Sergeant Majors, Kenya Army soldiers and his family.
Many speakers during the event painted a picture of a man who has taken every opportunity to showcase military professionalism, integrity, gusto and discipline throughout his military career.
Speaking during the event, the Commander Kenya Army Lt Gen Raria thanked the outgoing ASM for his dedicated service for the Kenya Army and bid him farewell on his retirement.
The event also amalgamated with the promotion of WO1 Elijah Aspro Koranga as the new ASM to fill-in Ogutu’s Army Sergeant Cap.
Commander Kenya Army Lt Gen Raria during promoting WO1 Elijah Aspro Koranga as the New Army Sergeant Major.
Commander Kenya Army Lt Gen Walter Raria gives the new Army Sergeant Major Elijah Aspro Koranga a cane stick as a symbol of power to his new appointment.
Warrant Officer 1 William Ogutu who is outgoing Army Sergeant Major and his family during the farewell party at Army Headquarters.
Outgoing Army Sergeant Major William Ogutu congratulating incoming Army Sergeant Major Elijah Aspro Koranga.