The President of the Republic of Somaliland HE Muse Bihi Abdi awarded medals of valor to army officers including Colonels, Lieutenant colonels and one Brigadier General. According to the announcement, this is the first time in Somaliland’s history medals of valor ara awarded.

President Bihi inspecting tank regiment at Dararweyne Military training Academy

In his 18 May speech, President Bihi praised Somaliland’s armed forces for their high moral, superior training and unwavering commitment to the security of the nation.

The recipients of Somaliland first ever Medals of Valor are:

  1. Brigadier General Ali Bare Hussein
  2. Colonel Ismail Farah Awale Dolal
  3. Colonel Ahmed Hurre Hariye
  4. Colonel Mahad Farah Elmi (Anbaashe)
  5. Colonel  Abdillahi Sufi Ahmed
  6. Colonel  Yusuf Iman Diriye
  7. Colonel  Faisal Abdi Botan
  8. Colonel  Abdillahi Ibrahim Hassan
  9. Lieutenant colonel Kayd Osman Mohamed
  10. Lieutenant colonel Ibrahim Ali Sabir
  11. Lieutenant colonel Mohamed Abdillahi Artan (Rujiye)
  12. Lieutenant colonel Abdillahi Mohamed (Dhaga-weyne).

The award ceremony was held during the 18 May celebration held at the Presidential Palace which was closed to the public and broadcast live.

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