Colonel Charles Nengite of the Nigerian Army made history at the weekend by beating 380 other postgraduate students to the top position at the United States War College in Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. His performance was the best by any foreigner in 38 years as confirmed on the college website.
With this sterling record, Nengite’s brilliance underscores the quality of training still available in the Nigerian Army despite the sordid tales of corruption by its most senior officers and the seeming initial defeat by Boko Haram. Like the army’s renewed vigour and professional prowess, Nengite’s news is good news for his home country.
In one of several letters conveying his choice for the various awards, the Commandant of the college, Major General William Rapp, described Nengite’s performance as “arguably one of the best in the international fellows programmes at the USAWC.”
Rapp also said at the graduation ceremony of the college that Nigeria should be proud of Nengite and his compatriot in the Masters of Strategic Studies class, Colonel Timothy Shipi.
He said “Shipi performed brilliantly.”
The breakdown obtained from the school’s website indicated that at the graduation of the 2015 class, Col. Nengite bagged six awards for outstanding performance in different courses.
He earned the ‘Distinguished Graduate Award’ reserved for the top five fellows in his class of 381 and also the ‘Commandant’s Award for Distinction in Research’.
Nengite also received the ‘USAWC Award for Innovation in SHARP’ – Sexual Harassment and Response Programme and articulated a seminal paper – “I am your friend campaign’’ – strategy under the SHARP, which is considered of significant importance to the US Army.
Nengite also received the second best speaker award in the speaking competition in the 2016 class made up of 302 Americans and 79 other nationals from 73 other countries.
The Chief of Staff of the US Army, General Mark Milley, who presided over the ceremony, told the audience that graduands of the college always proceed to occupy strategic leadership positions.
The USAWC was founded in 1901 to specifically cater for the strategic leadership training needs of the US military.
Some of the prominent servicemen who had gone through USAWC in the past were President Muhammadu Buhari, Collin Powell, Dwight Eisenhower, George Patton and Norman Schwarzkopf.
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