The Nigerian Army Infantry Corps (Queen of the Battle) shone like a million stars at the just-concluded Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) 2022 Merit Awards.
The infantry emerged the best as it came first among all others.
This is contained in a statement on Friday in Kaduna by Capt. AS Ajibola, the Assistant Director, Army Public Relations, Headquarters Infantry Corps Centre Jaji, Kaduna.
He said the Infantry Corps and its officers performed outstandingly and had the highest recipients of awards in various categories.
Ajibola said that the Commander Infantry Corps, Maj.-Gen. Victor Ezugwu, received the corps commendation award, also known as the Chief of Training Award as the best overall Corps of Nigerian Army.
He added that the Infantry Corps, whose officers performed commendably well at the various promotion examinations conducted within 2022, was remarkable and outstanding.
“Infantry Divisions (1, 6 and 82 Division,) cleared the first, second and third positions respectively in Combat Readiness.
“Officers of the Corps turned out in their numbers as recipients of the various individual awards for outstanding academic excellence in different promotional examinations conducted by TRADOC in 2022,” he said.
He said Maj. AA Auwal and Maj. MS Mashi, emerged first and third position in 2022 Senior Staff College Qualifying Examination while Maj. B Bala, and Maj. HA Yussuph, bagged awards for best overall results in Admin and Logistics, Military History and Military Law in same examination.
Ajibola also said in Captain to Major practical promotion examination, the Infantry Corps had a clean sweep as Capt. AM Fasasi, Capt. AO Ejembi and Capt. RO Salau emerged first, second and third positions in order of merits.
He also said Capt. AO Ejembi and Capt PK Yuguda emerged overall best in map reading and French language in same examination.
“For the Lieutenant to Captain Practical Promotion Examination, Lt. N Shehu and Lt. GS Udoh emerged first and second positions in order of merits.
“Lt. N Shehu also bagged two additional awards for best overall in tactics and D&M while Lt. LA Abdulkarim bagged best overall in French language,” Ajibola said.
He noted that, all the exploits and achievements of infantry officers in various promotional examinations justified the efforts and early preparatory cadre organised by the Headquarters Infantry Corps Centre for officers and soldiers of the Corps and others at various intervals throughout 2022.
Also, Brig.-Gen. RS Omolori, the Commandant of Amphibious Training School Calabar, received the award for the best Nigerian Army Training School in administration category during the evaluation of Army’s Training Schools Exercise 2022 conducted by the TRADOC.
Ajibola said the Commander, Infantry Corps, Ezugwu while congratulating the recipients of the year’s awards, thanked the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen Farouk Yahaya, for providing all the resources required for the Corps to excel in administrative, logistics, infrastructure and human capacity development.
He said Ezugwu promised that the infantry Corps would continue to raise the standard in the following year, to justify the confidence reposed on it by the COAS.