By Auwalu Birnin Kudu
The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, instructed the service personnel to demonstrate a high sense of discipline, civil-military relations and to respect the rules of engagement in the performance of their duties.
Amao gave the charge to Bauchi on Friday, during the graduation of 171 graduates of the 2021 Nigerian Air Force Special Forces-9 course.
“I urge you to show a high sense of ethical values, courage, commitment and loyalty in the performance of your constitutional duties.
“Our efficient air and ground operations have neutralized many insurgents,” he said.
He said the service was always ready to tackle contemporary security challenges facing the country through an effective response to distress calls.
The CAS said the service under his command would continue to contribute effectively to joint operations, stressing that “my vision is to maintain effective and efficient operations.”
The service, he said, will continue to build the capacity of its personnel by engaging them in modern military training to be able to face current and future challenges.
He congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari for his unwavering support for the Nigerian Air Force.
“We will continue to justify the trust placed in us by showing loyalty and bravery in the conduct of our operations,” he said.
In his remarks, AVM Frank Oparah, Commander Air Officer, Ground Training Command, warned graduates of laxity and other hostile practices that could damage the service’s reputation.
Oparah said the special training was designed to provide the NAF with highly trained and determined personnel, combat-ready at all times.
He said the special force would be deployed to fight terrorism and other criminal activities that could threaten peace and stability in the country.
Also speaking, the squadron commander Kahinde Akinyonsade, commander of the NAF regiment’s training center, said 342 officers, airmen and women had been appointed for the special training.
“Only 197 have been scaled up, of which 171 are graduating today,” he said.
He said the training exercise that began in January 2021 exposed personnel to weapon handling, combat drills, swimming, obstacle clearance and how to counter ambush attacks.
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