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Ugandan-Born Captain Frank Musisi Assumes New Command Position In the US Army In New Orleans

Captain Frank Musisi has just taken a new Command as the Commanding Officer for Headquarters & Headquarters Company, 377th Theater Sustainment Command in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Dear friends and well wishers

Dear friends and well wishers

He celebrated his new position at a colourful ceremony held in New Orleans Louisiana on November 16, 2013.

Ugandans showed their support by personally attending the ceremony.

Among the attendees were; Dr. Abu Senkayi of Dallas, Texas, Mr. Sam Kiggwe of Atlanta, Georgia, and Mr. Abdulaziz Wasswa Ddamulira of Chicago, Illinois who represented the Katikiro of Buganda Kingdom, Charles Peter Mayiga.

The Ugandan delegation from Los Angeles, California was led by Pastor Robert Kayongo of the Revival Power Ministries and his wife Barbara Kayongo, together with Mr. James Nagenda.

The Ugandan Community from Dallas, Texas was led by the President of the UAA-DFW Mr. Patrick Ogwang; from Atlanta came the UNAA- Atlanta Vice Chairman Mr. Gerald Katongole; from Wisconsin/Chicago came Mr. Edwin Muwonge, then Ms. Susan Kalule Nakazibwe from Washington DC, Pastor Samuel Mutyaba of New Life Ministry from Boston, Massachusetts. 5

“It is this support that makes us unique as Africans and immigrants in this country,” Musisi pointed out as he welcomed them.

He quoted Prof Simeon Okpechi, a Nigeria currently lecturing at Southern University in New Orleans, “I am so happy to see so many Ugandans here supporting a fellow African, instead of the usual trend of PHD “Pull Him Down”.

Musisi acknowledged that this “reinforced my pride in our African culture which promotes the spirit of community service and that it takes a team to build a community”.

He vowed to continue serving his country upon which he called upon those in the Diaspora Community to work together because there is so much to achieve in this country “if we work as a team instead of fighting each other”.

“The business of tearing each other down is over, we need to support one another if not for us, but for the sake of our children and also, the people back home in Uganda,” he noted.

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Who Is Captain Frank Musisi? 

Frank Musisi was born at Bumangi Ssese Islands, Kalangala District, Lake Victoria, Uganda to the late Leopold Beekalaze and the late Mauricia Najjuma.

He went to Bumangi Primary School and completed primary at Kisubi Boys School in Entebbe.

He joined Kako Senior Secondary School for O-level, and completed A-levels (High School) at Caltec Academy, Makerere.

Frank left Uganda for the US in 1990 where he earned a BSc degree in Information and Computer Science, and a Minor in Management from University of California at Irvine.

He also obtained an Associate degree in Computer Science at Los Angeles Valley College in California.

Frank then joined the U.S Army in 2000 as an enlisted soldier.

Upon completion of Basic and Advanced Individual Training, Frank was assigned to the 31st Combat Support Hospital, 31st Air Defense Artillery Brigade at Fort Bliss, Texas from 2001 to 2005.

He served his first tour in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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In April 2005, Captain Musisi received a Direct Commission from the President of the United States in the US Army as 2nd LT.

Capt. Musisi graduated from the US Army Logistics University at Fort Lee, Virginia with diplomas; Quartermaster Officer Basic Course in 2006, Petroleum Management Course in 2007, Captain Career Advance Course in 2011, Theater Logistics Planners Course in 2013.

Similiarly, the International Society of Logistics awarded Capt. Musisi the Demonstrated Master Logistician (DML) Certification in June 2013

Soldierly Career 

From July 2006 to April 2012:  Capt. Musisi was assigned to the 311th Sustainment Command Expeditionary (ESC) as the Petroleum Officer in Los Angeles, California.

In 2008, he was deployed to the Middle East for the second time in Support of Operation Iraq Freedom where he was the Officer in Charge of Distribution Management of Bulk Petroleum for Kuwait and Southern Iraq for the 311th ESC Command.

In 2009, he was sent as a US/UK US Army Reserve Foreign Exchange Officer Program representative in London, England.

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Medals and Recognition

Capt. Musisi has earned two Service Medals, three Army Commendation Medals, four Army Achievement Medals, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, and several other awards.

In 2004, Capt. Musisi was admitted into the Association of the United States Army, the largest non-profit military organisation as a life-time member.

He also received the Certificate of Special Congressional Appreciation for Outstanding Community service.

As regards community service, in 2005, he started an Non Governmental Organisation in Ssese Islands called the Ssese Islands African Aids Project (SIAAP) to help the people of Kalangala district, in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

With its headquarters at Bugoma village, in Kalangala district, the organisation provides free HIV/AIDS and general medical services to people.

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Musisi also served as Volunteer Special Mobiliser for the Buganda Kingdom in the US from 2010 to 2013.

Capt Musisi also served as the President of the Ugandan North American Association, UNAA from 2007 – 2009.

Capt Musisi served as a Founding member and President of the Ugandan Community Organisation in California, UCOC from 1998 to 2000.

Frank Musisi is married to Betty and is a father of five; Mirembe, Malaika,  Mutenza, Suubi and Valentine.

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Dear friends and well wishers

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT DURING MY CHANGE OF COMMMAND CEREMONY IN NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA:

Greetings from New Orleans, Louisiana.

I write this message filled with joy and optimism to thank you for the wonderful support given to me during my Change of Command ceremony on 16th November 2013. It was so touching to see many of you clad in Busuuti and Kanzu dress amongst the military when I took Command as the Commanding Officer for Headquarters & Headquarters Company, 377th Theater Sustainment Command in New Orleans, Louisiana. My wife Betty and my children Valentine, Suubi, Mutenza, Malaika and Mirembe, and I send you all our appreciation. We were very honored by your presence. Thank you for your overwhelming support.

Dear friends and well wishers

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT DURING MY CHANGE OF COMMMAND CEREMONY IN NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA:

Greetings from New Orleans, Louisiana.

I write this message filled with joy and optimism to thank you for the wonderful support given to me during my Change of Command ceremony on 16th November 2013. It was so touching to see many of you clad in Busuuti and Kanzu dress amongst the military when I took Command as the Commanding Officer for Headquarters & Headquarters Company, 377th Theater Sustainment Command in New Orleans, Louisiana. My wife Betty and my children Valentine, Suubi, Mutenza, Malaika and Mirembe, and I send you all our appreciation. We were very honored by your presence. Thank you for your overwhelming support.

The Ugandan Community in Atlanta led by UNAA- Atlanta Vice Chairman Mr. Gerald Katongole we were blessed to have you around. The Ugandan Community from Wisconsin/Chicago led by Mr. Edwin Muwonge thank you for your support. The Ugandan community from Washington DC led by Ms. Susan Kalule Nakazibwe your support is well appreciated. Boston, Massachusetts Community represented by Pastor Samuel Mutyaba of New Life Ministry your presence made a difference.

Students from President Clinton Graduate School of Public Service in Little Rock, Arkansas led by Ms. Angela Bukenya we thank you for inviting your friends. And finally, to the leadership of the Uganda North American Association (UNAA) led by the organization President, Mr. Brian Kwesiga, and the UNAA Executive Secretary Mrs. Isha Musoke Ogwang thank you for your wonderful support and for representing UNAA.

The support you all gave me and my family with your presence was so touching that up day Soldiers are asking as to how I was able to have over forty people from the different parts United States to attend the ceremony. The joke going around is, “Captain Musisi’s tribe took over the Command for a day”! It is this support that makes us unique as Africans and immigrants in this country.

We all remember the words of Professor Simeon Okpechi originally from Nigeria currently with Southern University in New Orleans during the dinner, when he commended and encourage us to continue working together in order to achieve the American dream. His words were, “I am so happy to see so many Ugandans here supporting a fellow African, instead of the usual trend of PHD “Pull Him Down”, what a wonderful message!

For those of you who could not make it here for the event but sent congratulatory messages from across the globe, thank you. My family and I want to thank you from the bottom of our heart for this support. Words alone can’t express how we feel but we were very touched by your overwhelming support. This reinforced my pride in our African culture which promotes the spirit of community service and that “It takes a team to build a community”. All I can say is, I promise to continue serving my community and country.

Ladies and gentlemen, let me take this opportunity to encourage you especially those in the Diaspora Community to work together because there is so much to achieve in this country if we work as a team instead of fighting each other. The business of tearing each other down is over, we need to support one another if not for us, but for the sake of our children and also, the people back home in Uganda. To this I pledge my support to anyone who needs it where I can legally and ethically help you out.

For the photos covering the event, Mr. Gerald Katongole of Atlanta, Georgia is compiling the Album and once he completes it we will share it.

Finally, ladies and gentlemen I also want to thank Dr. Peter Nkedi-Kizza and Mr. Raymond Mugalu of Gainesville, Florida, Mr. James Nagenda of Los Angeles, California and Dr. Abu Senkayi of Dallas, Texas for sponsoring the dinner for the event. What a wonderful gesture.

Thank you and May God bless you.

Sincerely,

CPT Frank Musisi, DML
Captain, Logistics
Commanding
Headquarters & Headquarters Company
377th Theater Sustainment Command
400 Russell Ave., Bldg. 22
Belle Chasse, LA 70143

Phone: 504-558-5690
Email: frank.m.musisi.mil@mail.mil

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