The Chief of Defence Forces, Gen. Katumba Wamala, was recently inducted on the Hall of Fame of the United States Army War College, becoming the first in East Africa.
He becomes the first East African and fourth in Africa to be inducted on the wall, an accolade awarded to distinguished graduates.
The War College leadership, staff, faculty, students and distinguished visitors honored Wamala, a 2000 USAWC graduate and the 51stinternational fellow to be inducted. He is the 6thflag officer to be inducted from his USAWC class.
He was recognized for being at the pinnacle of the Ugandan army.
Wamala was commissioned in the Defence Forces after graduating from the Officers Cadet Training Course at the Tanzania Military Academy – Monduli in 1980. He is a graduate of the Nigerian Command and General Staff College. An infantry officer, Wamala has lead military campaigns, most notably Operation Safe Haven and Operation Iron Fist.
“Among the most important things I remember is the experience shared with the members of the class,” said Wamala. This is something you never find in the pages of strategy textbooks he said.
Gen. Wamala recounts his Army War College experiences after his induction into the International Hall of Fame.
“The course content prepares you for any appointment, in my case for example my next appointment was with the police. I was able to fit in to the police force and lead it for five years,” he said.
Wamala noted that he was a ‘geo-bachelor’ while attending the Army War College and thanked his wife for taking care of their family and supporting his career.