PROFILE: Who is Gen. Wilson Mbadi, the new Commander of the Defence Forces

General Wilson Mbasu Mbadi Wilson Mbadi joined the Uganda military in 1986. In 1991, he was commissioned, following the completion of a one-year Officer Cadet course at Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, in the United Kingdom. While at Sandhurst, he graduated at the top of his class. In 1992, he attended the Platoon Commander’s Course at the Uganda School of Infantry, at that time located in Jinja. In 1994, he attended the Uganda Junior Staff College, also at Jinja.

In 1998, Mbadi attended the Mobile International Defence Management Course, in Lusaka, Zambia. Also in 1998, he attended the Company Command Course in Tanzania. In 2001, he attended the Combat Group Command Course at Armored Corps Center and School, in Ahmadnagar, India, doing very well. In 2004, he attended the Senior Command and Staff Course at National Defence College, Kenya (NDCK). Also in 2004, Wilson Mbadi completed the Peace Support Operations Course (PSTC) at Karen, Kenya.

In 2005, he successfully completed a Diploma course in Strategic Studies at the University of Nairobi. In 2007, he graduated with a master’s degree in Strategic Studies from the Air War College at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama, United States of America.

Mbadi has served the UPDF as,
– Junior Non commissioned Instructor at Kaweweta and Kabamba Recruit Training Schools.
– Officer in charge of Career Planning.
– Director of Supplies in 1997/8.
– Armoured Brigade Logistics Officer and Brigade Administrative Officer in 1999 and 2000 respectively.
– Directing Staff, at the Uganda Junior Staff College in Jinja.
– 503 Infantry Brigade Operations and Training officer in 2001/2002.
– Armoured Brigade Operations and Training Officer.
– Commander Armoured Brigade, in an acting capacity.
– Commander of the 507 Brigade.
– Principal Air Staff Officer (Pers and Admin) at Uganda Peoples Defence Air Force HQs in 2006.
– Aide-de-Camp (ADC) to the President of Uganda, serving in that capacity until December 2012.
– Commander of the 4th Infantry Division of UPDF, based in Gulu.
– Joint Chief of Staff of the UPDF.

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