Change of Command at Military School

OKAHANDJA: Colonel Wilbard Shikongo of the Namibian Defence Force on Tuesday took over as the new Commandant of the Military School, replacing Brigadier-General Frederick Siluzungila with effect from 01 April 2014.

Siluzungila, the 7th Commandant of the School who has been in that position for three years, has been appointed as Deputy Army Commander at the army headquarters in Grootfontein.

Shikongo, 57, pledged to continue building on the strong and durable foundation laid by his predecessor.

“Brigadier-General Siluzungila’s bold leadership skills and vision to develop the Military School as well as his clear directives, motivation and guidance made it possible to bring the school where it is today,” he noted.

Shikongo said the Military School acknowledges the legacy left behind by the outgoing commandant, and he will strive to ensure that all training objectives are accomplished to the end of the current training calendar and into the future.

He thus encouraged all officers, warrant officers and the men and women of the Military School to continue showing utmost discipline, teamwork and commitment towards the realisation of the school’s training objectives.

“In fulfilling my duties, I will rely on the support and assistance of all officers and members placed under my command. Be assured that my office will be open to all so that you give ideas and advice which will ensure the success of this great institution,” he stated.

Shikongo was born at the Iikango village in the Oshikoto Region.

He joined the then-People’s Liberation Army of Namibia (PLAN) in 1977 in Angola, and received military training at the Tobias Hainyeko Training Centre, where he specialised as a telegrapher.

He graduated as an Officer Cadet in the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) with a diploma, and also attended the Military Academy in the USSR.

Shikongo then participated in a Junior Staff Course with a British Military training team in 1994, and also attended a peacekeeping course in Zimbabwe, as well as a peacekeeping, negotiation and mediation technics’ course in Canada in 1995.

He received a Namibia Defence Force Medal for 10 years’ service, and an African Union medal.

He is married to Monica Shinangolo-Shikongo, and they are blessed with children.