Mashujaa Day: Meet KDF’s first female Foreign Liaison Officer

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Kenyan Air Force Lt. Col. Rodah Mwasigwa, Kenyan Liaison Officer, Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), listens to an informational briefing by the Civil Affairs Battalion commander, Sept. 29, 2020, at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti.

The ability to work with various task forces and units is key to the success of an organization like the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA). – By Gerald Gekara and News Agencies.

The crucial task force is being headed by Kenya Air Force Lt. Col. Rodah Mwasigwa who was fronted by the Kenya Defence Forces to spearhead communication between the command and foreign militaries and strengthen the partnership between our African and other allied partners.

“My roles as a FLO are to facilitate timely and accurate communication between CJTF-HOA and Kenya Defense Forces (KDF), assist in the organization of key leadership engagements, and facilitate subject matter expert exchanges and participation in multinational exercises in East Africa,” said Lt. Col. Mwasigwa.

“I am glad to mention that I am the first female officer to be appointed as the KDF FLO at CJTF-HOA, and honored to be such since the inception of CJTF-HOA.” Lt. Col Mwasigwa said.

Her role is crucial in mitigating Kenya and the African Union Mission in Somalia, to ensure adequate flow of communication, and co-ordinate coalitions to execute military excellence.

“I liaise between KDF headquarters and CJTF-HOA on matters pertaining to operations and training, brief Joint Task Force headquarters on activities within Kenya or the African Union Mission to Somalia’s (AMISOM) area of responsibility, and liaise with coalition partners and nations represented at CJTF-HOA for a seamless, accurate flow of information.”

Since her arrival at CJTF-HOA, Mwasigwa has facilitated training for KDF personnel, coordinated multiple key leader engagements, and assisted CJTF-HOA leaders following the attack on Manda Bay, Kenya, on Jan. 5, 2020. 

Prior to her assignment to CJTF-HOA, Mwasigwa served as a staff officer in charge of welfare and compensation at the headquarters for the Kenya Air Force.

Lt. Col. Mwasigwa has facilitated training for KDF personnel and coordinated multiple key leader engagements, including a ceremony in which U.S. Army Maj. Michael Turello, commanding general of CJTF-HOA, presented six MD-530F helicopters to the KDF in late January.