Kashopola retires as 21 Brigade commander

25 Jul 2019 16:10pm
WINDHOEK, 25 JUL (NAMPA) – Commander of 21 Motorised Infantry Brigade, Brigadier General Erastus Kashopola on Thursday handed over the reins to incoming Brigadier General Martin Shikomba after serving the Namibian Defence Force for 29 years.
He handed over command to Shikomba at Tobias Hainyeko Garrison in Windhoek.
In his speech, Kashopola said he was delighted to bid farewell to the military environment after 40 years in uniform.
He wished the incoming commander well and encouraged commanders at all levels especially the appointing authorities, the Minister of Defence and Chief of Defence to work with him, adding he has no doubt in Shikomba to command and lead 21 Brigade as he is a tested leader.
In his acceptance speech, Shikomba thanked the appointing authorities for entrusting him with such a challenging task to lead the men and women in uniform under 21 Brigade.
Shikomba said he is well acquainted with the task ahead of him and assured the men in uniform that he will carry on from where his predecessor has ended.
“I am ready as the third incoming commander of 21 Motorised Infantry Brigade to serve as one of your subordinate commanders. I must now focus my attention on new horizons,” he stated.
Shikomba said he is optimistic and confident that together, 21 Brigade will achieve what is required including training, discipline and commitment.
The event was attended by high ranking officers from the Ministry of Defence and Namibian Police including Minister of Defence, Penda ya Ndakolo and Acting Chief of Defence, Air Vice Marshal Martin Pinehas.