2, January 2017
Francophone tradition was respected on the 1st January 2017, as some service men and women nationwide received recognition for their services to the state. The epaulets and medal award were organized nationwide. In the North, Adamawa, East and South West Regions the ceremonies were highlighted by military parade and the usual congratulatory songs accompanied by bouquet of flowers from family members and love ones.
Officers from the Navy, Army, Gendarmerie, and the Air force commissioned and non-commissioned received their epaulets and medals in respective ceremonies chaired by the administrative authorities of the regions. In Garoua the ceremony was organized at the independent square, under the Chairmanship of Governor Abate Edi Jean. Some 20 Military officers were promoted to new ranks.
In the Adamawa Region 52 military personnel were promoted to the grade of Warrant Officers, Staff Sergeants and Corporals in a colourful ceremony presided over by the Governor Kildadi Taguiéké Boucar. In the East region, 57 men and women in uniform were also upgraded. Governor Gregoire Mvogo who chaired the ceremony also handed Agro pastoral equipment including wheelbarrows, cutlasses, water cans to some 9 military officers who retired from active service.
The Special Amphibious Battalion in Tiko in the South West region stole the show. It was the Divisional Officer for Tiko, Patrick Ngwashi who handed the distinctions, praising the battalion for their acts of bravery demonstrated over the years in the defense of the nation. Epaulets were received by some 30 lucky recipients.