The Nigerian Air Force has graduated 414 Special Forces of its personnel of which 396 are airmen and women with 18 officers.
The Chief of Air Staff, Sadiq Abubakar, made the disclosure during the combined graduation of basic regiment officers, airmen and Gunnery II Course and Special Forces course 2017, at the Military Training Centre NAF base in Kaduna.
The Air Chief was represented by Air Officer Commanding, Ground Training Command, Samson Akpasa.
Abubakar said the 414 personnel had undergone various special courses, which include intermediate regiment airmen course and Special Forces course. Others are basic regiment officers course and basic regiment airmen, and airwomen course.
“All these culminated to the force protection in complex air ground environment course.
“The knowledge you have acquired couple with the practical exercise in basic field tactics, weapon training, map reading and airfield defence training are designed to prepare you for prompt deployment as the need arises.
“I am sure you have imbibed the attributes of the military profession absolutely loyalty discipline, honesty, intelligence, accountability, teamwork and courage among other values.
“I want you to note that it is the possession of these virtues that binds all ranks in the service,” he said.
Abubakar reminded the personnel that the service invested enormous resources in accomplishing the training, saying “it is therefore desirable that you reciprocate the good gesture.”
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