The chief of the Defence Forces General J W Karangi, on 29 th of February 2012, commissioned twenty four specialists' cadets after completing four months of vigorous training at Kenya Military Academy in a colorful passing out parade held at the Academy's Parade square. This was the first time the Chief of the Defence forces was gracing a passing out parade ceremony.
The specialists' cadets began their four months training in November 2011 after being selected from various professional fields. This included, three nursing officers, seven Doctors, four Lawyers, one Dentist, two Pharmacists and seven Chaplains (three Imams, two Roman Catholic Priests and two Anglican Church Priests)
During the Ceremony, four specialist cadets out of the twenty-four were awarded for excelling in various fields in the four months training at the academy. The four included:
- Senior Under Officer Kennedy Muindi Kithome of the Kenya Navy: The best cadet in Leadership and Command and winner of Leadership and Command Trophy.
- Cadet Adjutant Joshua Wanderi Ndungu of Kenya Army: The second best cadet in Leadership and Command and winner of Leadership and Command Shield.
- Junior Under Officer Angela Wanjeri Githua of Kenya Army: The best cadet in character development and winner of Commandant's Trophy.
- Officer Juma Guni Muttah of Kenya Army: The second best cadet in character development and winner of commandant's shield.
In his speech, the Chief of Defence Forces, congratulated the specialist cadets for being commissioned and reminded them that the Defence force is a symbol of the country's Nationhood. He reminded them that discipline in the military is paramount. The Chief of Defence Forces further commended KDF for its high standards of professional training which saw it being recognized by the United Nation. He thanked the people of Kenya for their continued support to the KDF as they are committed in the battle field in Somalia against the Al Shabaab. He further commended KDF for joining AMISOM. Lastly, the Chief of the Defence Forces wished the new officers all the best as they begin their military career.
Also in attendance during the ceremony were the three service commanders; Commander Kenya Army, Lt Gen J K Kasaon, Commander Kenya Air Force, Maj Gen J Otieno, and Commander Kenya Navy, Maj Gen N Mukala. Other senior military officials present during the occasion were, KMA Commandant Brig S W Nandwa, Camp Commandant, Lt Col J A Ouda, Officer Commanding, Maj J I Kariara among others.