A triad of L39 Albatros advanced trainer/light attack jets fly past in tight formation at the Air Expo 2012
August 26, 2013
One hundred and forty-seven members of Direct Short Service Course 22 (DSSC) have been commissioned into the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) as Flying Officers. The Flying Officers went through rigorous cadet in Kaduna training for 6 months in various fields of endeavors.
In his address to the graduating cadets in Kaduna at the weekend, the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Alex S. Badeh called on them to key into the force strive to secure the nation, saying that, Nigeria deserves peace, adding that as an officer the responsibilities are demanding.
The Air Chief therefore charged the officers to contribute their best to the fight against ‘a few misguided elements amongst Nigerians’. According to Badeh, “as an officer, your responsibilities are many and demanding but the military training you have just received has provided you the fundamentals of the military profession. It has inculcated in you, basic leadership qualities,command awareness as well as physical attributes to enable you function as an officer and a junior commander.
“You will also be involved in joint training with sister services in order to be fully integrated into the overall national security architecture. In all this, you will apply yourselves maximally bearing in mind the need for precision and excellence which are the hallmarks of a highly technical and sophisticated organisation.
“You have the rare opportunity of joining the Nigerian Air Force at a crucial period in the history our country. I therefore charge you to contribute your very best in sustaining the tempo and gains recorded in the fight against a few misguided elements amongst us.
“Our country deserves peace so that the much needed development that would create employment opportunities for our unemployed youths could be achieved”, the Air Chief stressed.
Commenting on the Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) displayed during the passing out, Air Marshal Badeh said that the Nigerian Air Force(NAF)was working towards producing the (UAVs) for other security agencies in the country to help in their fight against terrorism.