On 4 November 2016, the President of the Republic of Rwanda and Commander-in-Chief of Rwanda Defence Force, HE Paul Kagame was the Guest of Honor at the culmination of the Combined Arms Field Training Exercise 10/16, codenamed “Exercise Hard Punch”, that had been going on at RDF Combat Training Centre, Gabiro. The event was marked by a final operational demo on how different military capabilities are integrated and synchronized, during a military operation at the level of an Infantry Division.
Thereafter, HE the President of the Republic and RDF Commander in Chief met and held discussions with RDF Generals, Senior Officers, officers and other ranks, all totaling 830. He was welcomed to the meeting by the RDF Chief of Defence Staff, Gen Patrick Nyamvumba and Hon Minister of Defense, Gen James Kabarebe.
During the meeting HE President Kagame reminded RDF officers and other ranks to keep in their mind that due to scarce resources, Rwandans in general and RDF in particular should always strive "to create value, i.e something big, from little".
He emphasised that reality requires us some sacrifices others do not have necessarily to make, such as maintaining a high level of discipline, training hard and in short time, etc. "RDF member should always stand out wherever they are, and to achieve this we have to keep on making the right choices which are costly", HE the President said.
Finally, the RDF CiC, HE Paul Kagame met the troops that had been undergoing the Combined Arms Field Training. He congratulated them for the professionalism they demonstrated during the Exercise and urged them to keep it up.
He also told them that the challenges they face such as low salaries, lack of accommodation and sufficient equipment, etc, are well known by the Government. He promised them that everything will be done to overcome those challenges within the scarce resources of the country.
The meeting of HE the President of the Republic and RDF CiC with the troops ended with songs and dances (’Morale’) as it is traditional within RDF.