Nigerian Air Force says it has carved out a vision to reposition the service into a highly professional and disciplined force through capacity building initiatives for effective and timely employment of airpower in response to national security imperatives.
Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar stated this at the passing out parade ceremony of basic military training course forty recruits held in Kaduna.
Air Marshal Abubakar explained that the establishment of the special operations command was carefully considered to address the challenges of asymmetric warfare, such as the one posed by Boko Haram.
He noted that in the last four and a half years, the federal government has facilitated an increase in the number of aircraft available for the forces’ operations, stressing that such effort has complemented intensive training and re-training of aircraft maintenance engineers and technicians.
The Air chief charged the recruits to embrace the core values of integrity, service before self and excellence in all they do as essential ingredients of high reputation which the service has earned over the years.
He also reminded them of the need to respect, protect innocent and law-abiding civilians as well as submit themselves to civil authority in accordance with democratic tenets, as well as remain apolitical.
About three thousand recruits passed out after undergoing a six month intensive training.
Highlight of the occasion was the commissioning of some projects by the Air chief in honour of some fallen heroes of the force.
Usman Sani/ Kaduna