September 22nd – General Dahir Adan Elmi, the new Somali Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) visited the European Union Training Mission Somalia (EUTM-S) for the first time.

The most senior officer in the Somali Armed Forces began with a visit to General Dhagabadan Training Centre (GDTC) in Mogadishu, where the European Union Training Mission trains Somali National Army companies and Somali instructors. At GDTC he was welcomed by the EUTM-S Mission Force Commander Brigadier General Matteo Spreafico and the EUTM-S Head of Training Colonel Guerrero

The CDF, took the opportunity to inspect the upgrade of the new main gate of GDTC, a EUTM-S funded project, before moving to observe the training facilities at GDTC.

Afterwards, Gen.Dahir Adan Elmi visited the EUTM-S HQ, in Mogadishu, where he received a briefing and signed the mission’s “Book of Honor”.

At the end of the visit the CDF gave his thanks and appreciation to the EUTM-S Mission Force Commander and to all EUTM-S personnel for the support they provide the Somali Armed Forces.