H.H. Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, attended Monday the graduation ceremony of the 31st batch of the Joint Command and Staff College in Abu Dhabi.
Sheikh Saif was shown a short video that reviewed the course from its inception to the graduation stage. This was followed by the announcement of the course's general result, and the distribution of certificates to the top achievers and graduates of other friendly countries, after which His Highness took a group photo with the graduates, UAE national news agency WAM reported.
The honouring ceremony was attended by Lt. General Hamad Mohammed Thani Al Rumaithi, Chief of Staff of the UAE Armed Forces; Mattar Salem Ali Al Dhaheri, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Defence; along a number of senior officers from the Ministry and Armed Forces.
The Joint Command and Staff College (JCSC) is one of the colleges of the UAE armed forces that specialize in teaching the art of war in general and the operational art in particular. The JCSC combines theory and practice as a basis for its instructional methodology and aims to develop leadership qualities in the students.
The JCSC contributes to forming the concept of employment for the armed forces in joint operations and military operations in peacetime, such as peacekeeping and peace support operations.
On September 28, 1991, the UAE Federal Decree Law No. 9 was issued, founding the JCSC as the highest military college in the country, to handle the responsibility of preparing select officers to occupy command positions in the headquarters and units of the armed forces. On October 15, 1991, the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces decided on the Statute of the JCSC.
In 1994, the Chief of Staff of the UAE Armed Forces issued a decree turning all the courses held at the college from general command and staff courses to joint command and staff courses, effective from Course 8, and the curricula were modified to joint curricula to serve all services of the Armed Forces.