Gen. Bargie is new CDS: Masaneh Kinteh goes to the Foreign Service
Monday, July 09, 2012
Major General Ousman Bargie, deputy chief of Defence Staff of the Gambia Armed Forces has been appointed as the new Chief of Defence Staff (CDS). A media dispatch from State House on Friday revealed that Major General Ousman Bargie replaces Lt. General Masanneh Kinteh, who has been deployed to the Foreign Service.
The release reads:
Excellency Sheikh Professor Dr Alhaji Yahya Jammeh, president of The Gambia and
commander-in-chief of the Gambia Armed Forces (GAF) on Friday 6th May 2012
relieved Lt. Gen. Masanneh Kinteh, chief of Defence Staff of GAF, of his
command responsibilities and discharged him from GAF with immediate effect.
A State House news release revealed that LT. Gen. Kinteh has now been deployed to the Foreign Service as a civilian while Major General Ousman Badjie, deputy chief of Defence Staff has been appointed as Chief of Defence Staff, the release concludes.
Who is Gen. Bargie?
Major General Ousman Bargie was born on the 15th November, 1967 in Sibanor , Foni Bintang Karanai of the West Coast Region. He did his primary school education in Sibanor from 1976-1982. Heproceeded to Nusrat High School where he sat to the General Certificate Examination (GCE O’Level).
enlisted into The Gambia National Army on the 4th of January 1987 and was
commissioned to the rank of Second Lieutenant in November 1995. This marked the
beginning of his achievements and regular promotions in the army.
several military courses both local and overseas, prominent among these
included Cadre courses, Instructional Cadre courses, Tactical Cadre courses,
Weapon Training Course, Range Management Course, Infantry Officer course in
Pakistan and Junior and Senior Staff courses in Nigeria. He also
attended several civilian courses, workshops and seminars on wide range of
issues relevant to his career.
General Bargie also served in various capacities and held several command and
staff appointments. He served almost in all units of GAF, Among them were
platoon commander, Company Commander, Commandant Gambia Armed Forces training
School (GAFTS), Aid -De- Camp (ADC) to President Jammeh ,Commander State Guards, Commanding
Officer Fajara Barracks, Contingent Commander to Darfur, director of
Administration and Logistics of GAF, Chief of Army Staff, United Nations Peace
Support Operations (PSO) in Sierra-Leone and Camp Commandant of UNAMID Force
Headquarters, and a host of other command responsibilities that he has
The general is well decorated and among his decoration and awards are Good Conduct, Distinguished Service, Long Service, UNAMSIL, UNMIL and UNAMID medals respectively.
Author: Daily Observer