Top US-Based Gambian Army Officer retires with Honor 

Sergent Major Ebrima Manneh (Rtd)
Gambian Born US Military officer, Sergeant Major Ebrima Manneh has officially retired from the United States army after more than two decades of service with honor.
Manneh, retired as a Sergeant major, the highest enlisted rank in the United States Army where he served in the 832nd Transportation as Battalion Commander under the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC) at Fort Eustis, VA. 
He told Alkamba Times from his home in  Virginia that he is proud to serve the U.S. Army to the best of his ability. 
“I have  served in various leadership positions and responsibilities under the influence of great leaders and strong collaboration from teammates who always valued each other and made missions doable and easier despite the challenges.” 
He said: “attributes such as value and competence, especially for servitude and patriotism, championing people as the most important asset have always been emphasized. But, because leaders gave me so much and empowered and believed in me, I found it all embracing, and passing it on essential. Hopefully, that is enough.” 
Reacting to Manneh’s retirement, Nanama Kieta, a Gambian serving as a Special agent with the U.S. Army Criminal Investigations Department, told Alkamba Times: 
“Manneh was a great mentor and an inspiration for all of us. I’ve never hesitated to proudly invoke his name anytime I have to reassure someone, especially someone of Gambian descent, that joining the U.S. military could be one of the best decisions they’d ever make. 
He came, he saw, he conquered, and the process inspired countless others to one day hope to achieve in their career all that he has achieved in his wonderful and accomplished career.” 
Ebrima Manneh grew up in The Gambia, West Africa, and enlisted in the United States Army in 1997. He attended Basic Combat Training (BCT) at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and Advanced Individual Training (AIT) at Fort Eustis, Virginia. Upon completion of training, he was appointed as a Military Occupational Specialist (MOS) 88N, Transportation Management Coordinator.
SGM Manneh went through the all Non-commissioned Officer Education System level in the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy. 
He also completed additional courses and certifications including the Master Resilience training, Army Security Cooperation Course, Commander’s and First Sergeant’s Course, Rear Detachment Commander’s and First Sergeant’s course, Automated Airload Planner Course, Strategic Deployment Airlift Course, Movement Control Course, HAZ 11 and HAZ 12 Courses, Equal Opportunity (E.O.) Leaders Course, and the Army Safety Course. 
SGM Manneh holds a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from Excelsior College, New York. 
SGM Manneh served in various leadership positions and staff assignments including Transportation Management Supervisor in the 626th Movement Control Team, 27th Transportation Battalion in Hanau, Germany, Transportation Management Supervisor in the 491st Automated Cargo Detachment, 24th Transportation Battalion, Fort Eustis, Virginia, Senior Movement NCO (Detachment Sergeant) in the 497th Movement Control Team, 14th Transportation Battalion, Camp Darby, Italy, Instructor/Writer, United States Army Transportation School, Staff and Faculty, Fort Lee, Virginia, Enlisted Staff Assistant to the G4, H.Q., ISAF Joint Command, Kabul, Afghanistan, Senior Truckmaster, 515th Transportation Company, Turley Barracks, Germany, Operations NCO, HHBN, Wiesbaden, Germany, Senior Logistics NCO, 53rd Movement Control Battalion, Fort Eustis, Virginia, Operations SGM, 25th Sustainment Brigade, 25 Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, Senior Logistics Supervisor, and HHC, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, Fort Shafter, Hawaii before being reassigned to the 832nd Transportation Battalion, 597th Transportation Brigade, Fort Eustis, Virginia. 
SGM Manneh’s awards include a Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, Army Achievement Medal, Army Meritorious Unit Award, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NCO Development Ribbon, Army Overseas Service Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, and the NATO Medal.
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Sainey M.K. Marenah
Mr. Sainey M.K. Marenah is a Prominent Gambian journalist, founding editor The Alkamba Times and formerly head of communications at the Constitutional Review Commission (CRC) and Communications and PR Consultant for The Gambia Pilot Program, under Gamworks. Mr. Marenah served as the Social media Strategist and Editor at Gambia Radio and Television Services. He is also the Banjul Correspondent for Voice of America Radio. Sainey is a human rights and developmental journalist who has carved a strong niche particularly in new media environments in the Gambian media industry. Mr. Marenah began his career as a junior reporter with the Point Newspaper in the Gambia in 2008 and rose through the ranks to become Chief correspondent before moving to The Standard Newspaper also in Banjul as Editorial Assistant and head of News. He is a household name in the Gambia’s media industry having covered some of the most important stories in the former and current government. These include the high profile treason cases including the Trial of Former military chiefs in Banjul in 2009 to 2012. Following his arrest and imprisonment by the former regime of President, Yahya Jammeh in 2014, Marenah moved to Dakar Senegal where he continues to practice Journalism freelancing for various local and international Media organization’s including the BBC, Al-Jazeera, VOA, and ZDF TV in Germany among others. He is the co-Founder of the Banjul Based Media Center for Research and Development; an institution specialized in research and development undertakings. As a journalist and Communication Expert, focused on supporting the Gambia's transitional process, Mr Marenah continues to play a pivotal role in shaping a viable media and communications platform that engages necessary tools and action to increase civic participation and awareness of the needs of transitional governance to strengthen the current move towards democratization. Mr. Marenah has traveled extensively as a professional journalist in both Europe, Africa and United States and attended several local and international media trainings.


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