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When Air Force commissioned 195 officer cadets



When Air Force commissioned 195 officer cadets

In continuation of its avowed commitment to enhancing manpower needs and professionalism through training, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has commissioned a total of 195 officer cadets of Direct Short Service Commission (DSSC) Course.
Interestingly, 16 of the newly-commissioned officers were females.

According to the Director of Public Relation and Information (DOPRI), Air Vice Marshal Olatokunbo Adesanya, three sets of DSSC officers had been commissioned since the coming on board of the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar.
“Since the inception of the current administration in 2015, 3 sets of DSSC officers have been commissioned.

“The intensified enlistment of more officers into the NAF is part of the capacity building efforts of the current NAF leadership towards further positioning the NAF to meet the nation’s security imperatives”, Adesanya said.
During the six months training, the cadets were exposed to military regimentation as well as NAF operations and administration, covering subjects such as Drill, Weapon Training, and Airpower in addition to officership, leadership and command.
One of the high points of the colourful event, was a Passing Out Parade (POP), which saw the cadets file through in stylised slow and quick marches, to the admiration of guests, including the Minister of Defence, Muhammed Mansur Dan-Ali, who was the Reviewing Officer at the parade.

In his speech, the minister observed that the NAF had been at the vanguard of efforts to protect the territorial integrity of the nation, in addition to internal security operations.
That was as the Reviewing Officer reminded the cadets that they were subject to both military and civil laws, and must subordinate themselves to civil authority.
Dan-Ali further enjoined the cadets against allowing themselves to be used by some retrogressive elements in the society.

Some of the graduands, who had distinguished themselves in the course of the training, were presented with awards.
The award recipients were Cadets MG Saleh, SS Yikwe and I.O Alum, who won the President’s Award, Minister of Defence Award and Chief of Defence Staff Award for coming first, second and third in order of merit respectively.
Cadet J.O Olayinka also received the Chief of the Air Staff Award for demonstrating exceptional skills in field exercises.

Five medical consultants were commissioned as Squadron Leaders, while others were commissioned as Flying Officers.
Meanwhile, the NAF’s Combat Sports Competition, which held in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital, has come to a close.
The DOPRI, while commenting on the competition, said: “Team Ground Training Command (GTC) has emerged the overall champion, as the third edition of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Inter-Command Combat Sports Competition.
“Team GTC was able to edge out the six other teams drawn from the five remaining NAF Commands and the Headquarters NAF (HQ NAF) in a keenly contested competition.

“The winner snatched six gold and one silver medals. Team Logistics Command (LC), which came second, had 5 gold medals, 6 silver medals and 9 bronze medals while team Tactical Air Command (TAC) came third with 5 gold medals, 6 silver medals and 3 bronze medals.
“The fourth, fifth and sixth positions went to HQ NAF, Air Training Command (ATC) and Special Operations Command (SOC) respectively. Team Mobility Command (MC) came sixth with 2 silver medals and 7 bronze medals.
“As part of events to mark the end of the games, an invitational Combat Relay Race was held. Out of the three security agencies that participated, the Nigerian Army (NA) Team carted away the gold medal while the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and the Nigerian Police came 2nd and 3rd respectively.”

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