Nigerian soldier breaks record at U.S War College

David Adekunle, Lagos


A colonel in the Nigerian Army, Charles Nengite has made an outstanding performance at the US war college (USAWC), Carlisle Pennsylvania.

Nengite who bagged six awards in different courses beat 380 other postgraduate students to the top position, the best by any foreigners in 38years in the college.

The breakdown obtained from the school’s website indicated that at the graduation of the 2015class,Col. Nengite earned the distinguished graduate award reserved for the top five fellows in his class of 381 and also the commandant’s award for distinction in research.

He received the USAWC recognition award for innovation in Sexual Harassment and Response Programme, SHARP and articulated a seminar paper “I AM YOUR FRIEND CAMPAIGN “a strategy under the SHARP.

Col. Nengite received the 2nd best speaker award in the speaking competition in the 2016 class made up of 302 Americans and 79 other nationals from 73 other countries.

Describing Nengite’s performance, the Commandant of the College, Maj. Gen. William Rapp in one of several letters conveying his choice for the various awards, referred to him as ” arguably one of the best in the international fellows programmes at the USAWC”.

Mr. Rapp said at the graduation ceremony that Nigeria should be proud of Mr. Nengite and his compatriot in the masters of strategic studies class, Col. Timothy Shipi.

The chief of staff of the US Army, Gen. Mark Millet, who presided over the ceremony, told audience that grandaunts of the college proceeded to occupy strategic leadership positions.

Some of the prominent servicemen who attended the college in the past were president Muhammadu Buhari, Collins Powell, Dwight Eisenhower, George Patton and Norman Schwarzkopf.

The USAWC was founded in 1901 to specifically cater for the strategic leadership training needs of the US military.