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Military officers from the African Union Transitional Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) complete induction training prior to service to Somalia

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  Forty one military staff officers who will serve with the African Union Transitional Mission in Somalia ATMIS have completed a week long training in Mogadishu with the aim of facilitating their integration into the mission With a range of diverse educational and military skills the staff officers will be stationed at ATMIS Force Headquarters in various roles with the core mandate of supporting the Somali led peace process including capacity building of the forces Somali security In this critical phase of ATMIS high standards of operational readiness are paramount to the delivery of the mandate The mission relies heavily on a competent efficient and dedicated staff officer corps to manage the daily tasks that collectively count toward the achievement of the strategic objectives of the mission said Maj Gen William Shume Deputy Force Commander of ATMIS Operations and Planning who represented the ATMIS Force Commander at the end of Friday s training He then urged the newly dispatched officers to familiarize themselves with the mission s mandate and maintain professionalism which is the foundation of ATMIS operations in Somalia I am pleased to note that the training objectives have been achieved I am officially introducing you to the realm of mission personnel one where professionalism ethics military values high standards and competence go hand in hand added Maj Gen Shume During induction training officers were taken through the mission s Standard Operating Procedures Concept of Operations and an overview of Somalia s social political cultural and religious context They were also trained in human rights law and international humanitarian law Training facilitators included officials from the United Nations Support Office in Somalia UNSOS and the United Nations Mine Action Service UNMAS ATMIS Military Gender Officer Maj Mary Kaonga of Zambia said the training had provided important insights into how best to work with female Somali security force officers to restore peace and security to the country The training has been fantastic because it gave me the opportunity to learn more about the Somali context the dos and don ts of this mission said Maj Kaonga who served in the medical field she corp as a nurse for 23 years in her country of origin She also served in the United Nations Mission in South Sudan UNMISS for a year in 2010 The training course was attended by military officers from Burundi Ethiopia Ghana Kenya Sierra Leone Uganda and Zambia
Military officers from the African Union Transitional Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) complete induction training prior to service to Somalia

1 Forty-one military staff officers who will serve with the African Union Transitional Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) have completed a week-long training in Mogadishu, with the aim of facilitating their integration into the mission.

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2 With a range of diverse educational and military skills, the staff officers will be stationed at ATMIS Force Headquarters in various roles with the core mandate of supporting the Somali-led peace process, including capacity building of the forces Somali security.

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3 “In this critical phase of ATMIS, high standards of operational readiness are paramount to the delivery of the mandate.

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4 The mission relies heavily on a competent, efficient, and dedicated staff officer corps to manage the daily tasks that collectively count toward the achievement of the strategic objectives of the mission,” said Maj. Gen. William Shume, Deputy Force Commander.

5 of ATMIS Operations.

6 and Planning, who represented the ATMIS Force Commander, at the end of Friday’s training.

7 He then urged the newly dispatched officers to familiarize themselves with the mission’s mandate and maintain professionalism, which is the foundation of ATMIS operations in Somalia.

8 “I am pleased to note that the training objectives have been achieved.

9 I am officially introducing you to the realm of mission personnel, one where professionalism, ethics, military values, high standards and competence go hand in hand,” added Maj. Gen. Shume.

10 During induction training, officers were taken through the mission’s Standard Operating Procedures, Concept of Operations, and an overview of Somalia’s social, political, cultural, and religious context.

11 They were also trained in human rights law and international humanitarian law.

12 Training facilitators included officials from the United Nations Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS) and the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS).

13 ATMIS Military Gender Officer, Maj. Mary Kaonga of Zambia, said the training had provided important insights into how best to work with female Somali security force officers to restore peace and security to the country.

14 “The training has been fantastic because it gave me the opportunity to learn more about the Somali context, the dos and don’ts of this mission,” said Maj Kaonga, who served in the medical field.

15 she corp as a nurse for 23 years in her country of origin.

16 She also served in the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) for a year in 2010.

17 The training course was attended by military officers from Burundi, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Uganda and Zambia.

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