NAF graduates more regiments to end terrorism

Martha Obi, Abuja

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The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has graduated another batch of Regiment personnel trained by the British Military Advisory and Training Team (BMATT) at the Regiment Training Centre (RTC), Kaduna.

The Director Public Relations and Information, Air Vice Marshal, Olatokunvo Adesanya noted that the combined graduation ceremony, witnessed the graduation of hundreds of additional Regiment personnel, comprising officers and airmen/airwomen, who had completed various specialized courses.

Also graduated along the Regiment personnel are about 200 personnel of Air Police and Air Intelligence Specialties.

Adesanya said with the graduation, the NAF’s combat readiness to meet the asymmetric and dynamic security challenges confronting the country would be further boosted.

Speaking at the graduation ceremony, the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, disclosed that NAF would continue to develop requisite capabilities to match its roles, whether conventional or asymmetric.

Air Marshal Abubakar further stated that “NAF would continue to build a highly sustainable and functional air force that would be highly responsive and decisive to have depth, flexibility and capability to operate either alone or in conjunction with surface forces.”

According to him, NAF would also continue to conduct a wide range of operations, from humanitarian assistance and peace enforcement to counter insurgency operations, in furtherance of national security and development objectives.

On the training package, Air Marshal Abubakar revealed that since November 2015, “NAF had commenced a 5-year training collaboration with the BMATT, aimed at training NAF Regiment personnel on Force Protection in Complex Air and Ground Environments (FP-CAGE).”

Recently, the Air Provost and Intelligence Specialties were incorporated into the course for better synergy in force protection and appropriate delineation of responsibilities for complementary roles in the Base Defence Architecture.

While congratulating the graduates for their commitment, self-discipline and determination throughout the course, Air Marshal Abubakar urged them to “imbibe the attributes of the military profession, which include absolute loyalty, discipline, honesty, intelligence, physical fitness, motivation, accountability, judgment, decisiveness, teamwork and courage among other values.” 

He therefore implored them to put all that they had learnt while on the course to maximum use to safeguard lives and properties within their areas of responsibilities.

“You must not allow yourself to be used by disgruntled elements in the society and you must also submit yourselves to the civil authority and protect our democracy,” he said.

The graduation ceremony was preceded by a field demonstration of some of the skills acquired by the graduates while on the course.

The highlight of the occasion was the presentation of awards to graduates that distinguished themselves during the course.