German Armed Forces get new commandant

f. l.t.r. Lieutenant Colonel Andreas Moeller, Ambassador Onno Hückmann and Lieutenant Colonel Rainer Hoch.

Late last month, Lieutenant Colonel Rainer Hoch took over the command of the Technical Advisory Group of the German Armed Forces in Namibia (GAFTAG) from his predecessor Lieutenant Colonel Andreas Moeller.

After almost seven years in Namibia, Lieutenant Colonel Moeller is now following a posting to NATO in Turkey.
Ambassador Onno Hückmann cited the achievements of Lieutenant Colonel Moeller, highlighting successful projects such as the“ Mobile Field Hospital UN Level II“ and the Motor Vehicle Training Workshop, Namibian Qualifications Authority (NQA) – Level. He also praised the efficient co-operation with the Namibian Defence Force, which also contributes financially to all the projects.
In its Federal Government Policy Guidelines for Africa adopted last year, the German Federal Government has declared “Promoting peace and security, supporting the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA)” one of its top priorities.
The aim is to make possible actual and complete African ownership of conflict management through tailored support in the sphere of training, advice and equipment for the armed and security forces and to help African partners to build up capacities here as well as in the fields of conflict prevention and civilian conflict resolution.
Ambassador Hückmann said that the Namibian Defense Force has performed impeccably whenever it participated in regional peacekeeping and stabilisation operations.
The mission of GAFTAG is to enhance Namibia’s capacity to contribute to peace and stability in Africa even better.
Meanwhile, Lieutenant Colonel Andreas Moeller, successor, Lieutenant Colonel Rainer Hoch, received best wishes for his new command and for the implementation of present projects.


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