Military and Strategic Journal
Issued by the Directorate of Morale Guidance at the General Command of the Armed Forces
United Arab Emirates
Founded in August 1971


A Well-Deserved Honour for Hamad Thani

From its inception, the UAE Armed Forces have received generous patronage from the wise leadership, which has given them infinite attention. They have been provided with state-of-the-art weapons and have become an advanced and well-trained military force. They own combat expertise based on a military doctrine that enables them to respond to various current challenges and future requirements.
They are also able to make peace, consolidate stability, maintain security, and actively join forces with various armies in state-building processes in post-conflict and crisis stages. The history of the Armed Forces abounds in achievements. They boast a group of leading officers who contributed to the excellent reputation attained by the Armed Forces in all its combat, humanitarian and relief tasks and roles both inside and outside the country, whether in peacekeeping or providing aid and humanitarian relief in various regions of the world. Therefore, the Armed Forces’ unification anniversary has always been an annual opportunity to commemorate prominent achievers and give them medals and certificates of appreciation and praise in honour of their great efforts during their years of service.
The UAE sets the perfect example in appreciating its loyal sons who dedicate their lives and efforts to its advancement and development. In this context, the late Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, may God have mercy on him, honoured His Excellency Lieutenant-General Hamad Mohammed Thani Al Rumaithi, Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces, with the ‘Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Military Medal’. This expressed the wise leadership’s appreciation for a bright career and an honourable record rich in achievements spanning more than 50 years of dedication and sincerity in serving the country.
It was a moment of pride and glory for all the personnel of the Armed Forces as they watched His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the State, may God protect him, award His Excellency Lieutenant-General Hamad Mohammed Thani Al Rumaithi the prestigious medal, in the same building ‘Abu Marikha’, which witnessed the signing of the agreement to unify the Armed Forces in 1976. This imparted a unique depth and symbolism to this honour, as the unification of the Armed Forces was one of the prominent developments in the journey of the Union.
The words of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the State, may God protect him, during the ceremony, were another medal on the chest of His Excellency Lieutenant-General Hamad Mohammed Thani Al Rumaithi. His Highness described him as “a great stature in ethics and military action, and an authentic model in leadership and planning.” He pointed out that the “generations have learned from his military and field experience, during his nearly 50-year military career, which was full of giving, continuous work, and dedication to duty.”  These immortal words will remain a guide for all the sons of the nation who the Armed Forces inspire.
Honouring His Excellency Lieutenant-General Hamad Mohammed Thani Al Rumaithi is undoubtedly a tribute to all members of the Armed Forces and a message of respect and reverence to the institution, which confirmed that the people of the UAE could fight the toughest battles with strict military discipline, courage without hesitation, and competence and professionalism that surpass the most prestigious armies and militaries in the world.

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