Congo Kinshasa trained Chad paratroopers, the first group of 300 young men and women to be instructed in this specialised filed of warfare, were presented to their President, Francois Tombalbaye, recently in Fort Lamy at the end of their training.
GV Ext. Presidential residence, Fort Lamy
SV Int. President Tombalbaye receives instructors
GV Pan ext. instructors lined up
MV Three instructors
SV Women cadets
MV President meets instructors
MV President awards medals (2 shots)
SLV President and guests on dais with Major Tshikewa reporting
MV Major speaks
SV Tombalbaye on dais
SV Major explains training points on map
SV Another angle ditto
SV Para demonstrates break-fall
MV Guests applaud
Ground to Air mass parachute drop
LV Parachutist land
SV Another lands
SV Men away, carrying folded chute (2 shots)
MV President and others
SV Detachment of troops marching past
GV Detachment halts
MV Pan ditto leader forward reports to President
GV Saluting President
MV President shakes hands with officers
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Background: Congo Kinshasa trained Chad paratroopers, the first group of 300 young men and women to be instructed in this specialised filed of warfare, were presented to their President, Francois Tombalbaye, recently in Fort Lamy at the end of their training.
Senior Congolese army officers who have trained the Chad paratroopers were present at the formal ceremony during which several of them were awarded medals presented by the Chad President.
Among the newly trained paratroopers were ten young women.
Present at the occasion was General Doumro, senior Congolese officer in charge of the training programme. Another senior officer, Major Tshikewa outlined the training programme to the President and other officials present. He praised highly the training undergone by the paratroopers and the manner in which they had attained their proficiency.
A highspot of the occasion was an exercise mounted by the newly qualified paratroopers which consisted of a mass drop with precision landings.
The manner in which this exercise was performed gave an excellent indication of the high standard which had been achieved by the troops.
After the troops had landed and assembled, they marched past the official stand and were then introduced as the first Chadian Airborne Unit to President Tombalbaye.
The President paradised both the men and their instructors for the excellent manner in which they had achieved such a high standard.