REPUBLIC OF SIERRA LEONE ARMED FORCES 2023 INTER-BRIGADE DRILL COMPETITION ENDS WITH 4 INFANTRY BRIGADE CROWNED CHAMPIONS.............
One of the Guards on the match pass
As part of the 14th Annual Armed Forces Week Celebrations 2023, the Ministry of Defence and the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces organised an inter Brigade Drill competition, on Saturday 4th February 2023, at the Hockey Pitch Wilberforce Barracks, Freetown. In welcoming the invited guests and participants during the opening ceremony, the Assistance Chief of Defence Staff Personnel and Military Secretary- Air Commodore MS Kamara stated the purpose of the Inter-Brigade Drill Competition which he said was to test the basic function of regimentation in the RSLAF and to serve as a pool to select suitable guards for the Armed Forces Military Parade on 22nd February 2023 with the Theme “Building a Professional RSLAF for the New Security Environment.”
Chief of Defence Staff- RSLAF receiving
salute prior to the commencement of the
Inter- Brigade Drill Competition
The Armed Forces Day Celebration is an annual traditional event celebrated to allow the public to show support and gratitude to active Officers, Men and Women of higher calling in the RSLAF serving in defence of their great country Sierra Leone as well for their families and Ex-Service Personnel. Thus, several events have been planned for this years’ celebration of which the Inter-Brigade Drill Competition is key, “drill is the hallmark of regimentation and bedrock of discipline in the military,” he said. Therefore, the competition will be a keenly contested event of which impressive performances are required from the participating teams.
Also, the Inter-Brigade Drill competition as a regimental activity was designed to produce service men and women who are professionals, discipline, alert and obedient in the discharge of their military duties and constitutional mandate. The Inter-Brigade Drill competition provided the basis for team work, steadiness as part of the beautification and mandate of the parade, but more importantly to maintain set standard of discipline.
5 Infantry Brigade – 3rd Position
The Commander Joint Force, Major General D Alpha delivering his remarks onbehalf of the Chief of Defence Staff of the RSLAF- Lieutenant General PK Lavahun (as guest of honour), stated that the vision of the Chief of Defence Staff was rolled out in which he wants to see an Armed Force that is diligent, accountable, mission oriented and deeply rooted in in professionalism. Hence, what they are there to witness is an emolument of how the Chief of Defence Staff and all Generals want to see the RSLAF. “That is why Military parade all over the world emanates from the formation of soldiers which enhances discipline, “he said.
Joint Support Unit -5th Position
The occasion was grace by the Chief of Defence Staff- RSLAF Lieutenant General PK Lavahun, Joint Force Commander, Major General D Alpha, Senior Military Officers (both serving and retired), Civilians Staff of MoD and other dignitaries from MDAs. There were 6 competing units which includes, 2 Infantry Brigade (Kenema), 3 Infantry Brigade (Freetown), 4 Infantry Brigade (Makeni), 5 Infantry Brigade (Bo), Joint Units and Force Troops. The competition was judged by some retired officers, warrant officers and a serving female Senior Non-Commissioner Officer from the Armed Forces Training Canter.
Chief Judge- Lt Col (Rtd) ABS Kamara
announcing the final results for the
The Chief of Defence Staff in his closing remarks as the Guest of Honour stated that all participating units are winners because of their display of professionalism through the public performances they put and that they met the desired end state of organising the competition. He finally thanked the participating units, as well as personnel and guests.
The grand breaking event spontaneous left the audience captivated. At the end of the parade competition, 4 Infantry Brigade with 84.15 % emerged as champions of which they were awarded with a trophy, a flag of victory, a plaque and a special certificate supported by the Chief of Defence Staff. The second position was 3 Infantry Brigade with 78.2% whilst 5 Infantry Brigade clinched the third position with 76%. Also, 2 Infantry Brigade, Joint Support Unit and Force Troops occupied the 4th, 5th, and 6th positions with 74%, 72%, and 70% respectively.
Directorate of Public Relations and Information
Ministry of Defence