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The Adjutant General California National Guard in United States of America Major General David Baldwin has described leadership as key to winning battles while delivering a lecture titled Strategies and Operation Leadership: Challenges to participants of Army War College Nigeria (AWCN) Course 2/2018 at the TY Buratai Main Lecture Hall of the College.
According to Major General David Baldwin, 3 things are essential in the business of war. These include leadership that has impact on decision making, spirituality to take care of things beyond control and care of the family who bears the brunt of the military profession as a result of the disposition of military personnel to the service of the nation. He said his engagement team was in Nigeria to dialogue and explore partnership opportunities in areas of building leadership capabilities, I Think and disaster response.
In his remarks, the Commandant AWCN Major General EJ Enenche said the college was conceptualised to develop the capacities of Nigerian Army officers in Operational Art including campaign planning management of war as well as the development of basic strategic military skills. He said prior to the establishment of AWCN, several committees were set up more than 10 years ago to come up with modalities for the establishment of the College. However, with the appointment of Lt Gen TY Buratai as the Chief of Army Staff, he took a bold and decisive step to speed-up the process as a result of the observed gaps in the Nigerian Army training curriculum, particularly at the operational level
Maj Gen Enenche further said to ensure that AWCN participants get optimum learning experience during the course programme, the newly purposed built and the fully furnished complex was constructed within 6 months. The new complex contains 29 offices, 8 syndicate rooms, library, work production centre, wargaming room and lecture hall with about 180 seating capacity supported with 250 K A standby generator and 350 standby generator for the participants respectively.
To achieve the objectives of the college, he said: “participants were exposed to 8 teaching modules comprising Foundation, National security, and Organisation of Defence, Inter-agency Cooperation and Coordination in military History, Operational Art and Campaigning and Peace Support Operation”. The knowledge gained is to enhance their capacity to function effectively in a joint environment he said.
The highlight of the visit include the inspection of the quarter guard, brief on activities of AWCN, interaction with participants of the college and group photograph