His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, the Supreme Commander, deputized the Commander-in-Chief of the Bahrain Defence Force (BDF), Field Marshal Sheikh Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, to attend the 11th graduation ceremony of the Joint Command and Staff session.
Held under HM the King’s patronage at the Royal Command, Staff and National Defense College, the ceremony was attended by the Defence Affairs Minister, Lieutenant-General Abdulla bin Hassan Al-Nuaimi, Bahrain News Agency (BNA) reported.
Some holy Quran verses were recited, and then the Commandant of the Royal Command, Staff and National Defense College, Rear Admiral Abdulla Said Al-Mansoori, delivered a speech in which he extended deepest thanks, gratitude and loyalty to HM King Hamad for patronizing the graduation ceremony.
He expressed pride in the scientific stride made by the Royal Command, Staff and National Defense College thanks to HM the King’s vision on the importance of knowledge and science in developing peoples and countries, highlighting the advanced level of distinction and professionalism reached by the BDF.
He also praised the unwavering efforts exerted by His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister, in supporting the BDF’s development and modernization process.
He also paid tribute to the commander-in-chief for his keenness to provide the latest modern educational methods for national competencies.
He highlighted the importance of the session in grooming and honing the intellectual and military skills of the graduates, congratulating them on their graduation. He also urged them to continue their quest for knowledge to keep abreast of the latest developments in the military field.
Then, the BDF Commander-in-Chief and the audience watched a short documentary on the session.
After that, a Bahraini graduate and another representing participants from Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait, Oman, Jordan, Egypt and Yemen, delivered statements on behalf of the graduates in which they praised the Royal Command, Staff and National Defense College, and stressed the importance of the session in their military career.
They also extended thanks to the BDF commander-in-chief for attending their graduation ceremony, wishing the kingdom ever-lasting security and stability, under its leadership.
Then, Lieutenant-Colonel Hammad Dhaifullah Al-Shalawi read a poem on behalf of the participants from brotherly countries.
Then, the Defence Affairs Minister honored the outstanding graduates, and presented graduation certificates to participants from the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait Jordan, Egypt and Yemen. He congratulated them on their graduation, wishing them every success in serving their countries.
Education Minister, Dr. Majid bin Ali Al-Nuaimi, National Security Agency President, Lieutenant-General Adel bin Khalifa Al-Fadhel, Public Security Chief, Major-General Tariq bin Hassan Al-Hassan, Staff Director of the National Guard, Major-General Sheikh Abdulaziz bin Saud Al Khalifa, Foreign Ministry’s Undersecretary and Board of Trustees Chairman of the Bahrain Center for Strategic, International and Energy Studies (DERASAT), Dr. Sheikh Abdulla bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, ambassadors and military attachés of the participating countries, senior BDF officers and officials also attended the graduation ceremony.