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NAF Graduates186 SF, ICO Forces In Bauchi

NAF Graduates186 SF, ICO Forces In Bauchi

By Ahmed Ahmed

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has graduated 186 Special Forces (SF) and Integrated Combat Operations (ICO) personnel that have successfully completed their course in Bauchi

Our Correspondent reports The Nigerian Airforce (NAF) had a combined graduation ceremony of 147 Special Force course 8/ 2021 and 39 Integrated Combat Operations Personnel course 1/2021 trained at regiment training centre Annex Bauchi.

The Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Isiaka Amao while addressing the graduands at the combined graduation ceremony on Friday in Bauchi

Represented by Air Vice Marshal James Gwani, the Chief of training and operations noted that the Regiment Training Centre has remained a centre of excellence in the pursuit of ground combat skills training for the Nigerian Air Force.

“It is our deliberate policy to train personnel of regiment, air police and intelligence specialties together for complementary roles in the Base Defence Architecture.

“In this light, let me acknowledge the contributions of the Ground Training Command and training Team for the great jobs that they are doing.

“ we have so far trained 1,415 personnel in this regard. I am therefore happy to note that the collaboration between our organisations and other security agencies are mutually beneficial.

He said the Nigerian Air Force would continue to build a sustainable and functional air force that will be highly responsive to our contemporary security challenges.

“We have continued to invest in capacity building aimed at generating combat forces capable of securing their bases against all forms of hostile elements.

“With the desire to make the Nigeria Air Force the best in the sub region necessitates new platforms, equipment and specialized training.

“To continue to support Federal Government policies and continue to provide peace enforcement to counter insurgency operations in furtherance of our national security and developmental objectives,” he said.

The CAS urged the graduates to submit themselves to the provision of security and combat the security challenges in the country.

Amao Commended President Mohammadu Buhari for continuing supporting the Programme and programme of the Nigerian Airforce.

Earlier, Wing Commander Kehinde Akinyosade, the Commander training
trained at regiment training center Annex Bauchi said 503 personnel were nominated for the training.

After the screening only 165 certified the screening ,while 18 withdrew and 147 graduated for the special forces course 8/2021.

“40 are nominated for the Integrated Combat Operations Personnel course 1/2021 trained 1 personnel was screened out for medical reasons and 39 graduated,” he said

Akinyosade said the personnel for the special forces includes 5 officers,141 airmen/airwomen and for the integrated Combat operations 35 male 4 female.

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