U.S. Ambassador to Uganda Deborah Malac, Executive Director of Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA), Sam Mwandha officiated the graduation of the Counter Illicit Trafficking Junior Leadership Course (CIT JLC) in Queen Elizabeth National Park on Friday, October 11, last week.
The Counter Illicit Trafficking Junior Leadership Course was a program lead by U.S. Soldiers with the 403rd Civil Affairs Battalion, designed to develop a leadership training capability within UWA to help develop mid-grade park rangers.
According to a statement issued by the US mission in Uganda, the combined U.S. and Ugandan leadership had a chance to witness firsthand the developing skills that the 25 students displayed in a culminating exercise.
The exercise consisted of realistic scenario-based training events that assessed the Rangers’ ability to put into practice all the skills they learned during the course.
The Rangers planned and executed simulated missions that assessed their ability to navigate, conduct small unit tactics, respond to wildlife crimes, and treat a casualty.
This graduation also attended by the Deputy Commanding General from Combined Joint Task Force, Horn of Africa, Brigadier General James R. Kriesel and UWA Chief Warden Queen Elizabeth Conservation Area, Edward Asalu marked the end of the third iteration of the CIT JLC course.
For future courses, the UWA Ranger Instructors, developed through this program, will serve as the primary instructors with U.S. mentorship. This graduation also marked the development of another 25 students, leading to a new total of 74 Rangers that are ready to continue the sustainable Counter Illicit Trafficking Junior Leadership Course (CIT JLC) for Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA).
The UWA Rangers are assigned to six different national parks in Uganda that include Queen Elizabeth Conservation Area, Lake Mburo National Park, Kabale National Park, Murchison Falls National Park, Mount Elgon Conservation Area, and UWA HQ Conservation Area.