ABU DHABI, 16th April, 2017 (WAM) -- His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, expressed his pride and appreciation for the country’s men who served in its national institutions since its establishment, who carried the message of its development and modernisation, and contributed in important ways to further establish dedicated national responsibilities in the souls of current and future generations.
During his meeting at the Armed Forces Officers Club today, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan praised the first generation of graduates from the Zayed II Military College, along with their efforts and hard work, as well as their expertise, ideas, and development projects that strengthen the performance of the UAE Armed Forces. His Highness also mentioned that the college, with its first bricks placed by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan as part of his strong vision to develop the military, contributed during the past years in preparing qualified national personnel who handled their responsibilities and performed their duties with dedication, while continuing its role with complete efficiency and professionalism.
His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan added that the first graduates of the Zayed II Military College have an important role in leading units and military formations, as well as placing development and modernisation plans in various areas, such as administration, organisation, training or armaments, with a professional reputation of giving and dedication, in order to strengthen military foundations and perform their duty in the fields of honour.
His Highness added that the Zayed II Military College has the supervision and care of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, making it one of the region’s major military colleges, while matching other international military colleges in scientific, military and training standards.
His Highness added that the UAE Armed Forces have proven their high standards in all military and field missions and operations, not only due the development and advancement of military colleges and other UAE Armed Forces units, but also due to the dedication of the nation’s sons in gaining the honour of becoming a soldier by joining the armed forces, as well as their proven excellence, dedication, loyalty and bravery in all fields and areas.
His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan wished the officers and members of the UAE Armed Forces, in all areas, with great success, and to spend further efforts to elevate their level of education, training and preparedness.
At the end of the meeting, retired Major General Khalifa Al Mazrouei presented, on behalf of the first group of recruits, a commemorative plaque to His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan with the names on the honour list of graduates, including a quote by Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, which said, "History is a connected chain of events, and the present is only an extension of the past, and he who does not know his past cannot live in his present and future."
The meeting was also attended by Lt. General Hamad Mohammed Thani Al Rumaithi, Chief of Staff of the UAE Armed Forces; Hamad Suhail Al Khaili; Mohammed Mubarak Al Mazrouei, Under-Secretary of the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince’s Court; Lt. General Obaid Ali Al Kaabi; and Staff Lt. General Juma Ahmed Al Bawardi Al Falasi, Adviser to the Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces.