On Thursday, the British Army Training Unit Kenya (BATUK) Officers’ Mess held a Hail and Farewell event, to say “jambo” to the new arrivals, and “badai” to those moving on from Kenya to other parts of the Army.
Hail and Farewell (a translation of “ave atque vale”, the last words of the poem Catullus 101) is a traditional military event whereby those coming to and departing from an organisation are celebrated.
This may coincide with a change in command, be scheduled on an annual basis, or be prompted by any momentous organizational change.
It is a time to honour those who have departed the unit and thank them for their service. At the same time it is a welcome to those who are joining and introduces them to the special history and traditions of their new organization.
This celebration builds organizational camaraderie and esprit de corps as well as supporting a sense of continuity through change.