Nigerian Air Force Wings New Female Combat Pilot, Kafayat Sanni and 5 Others
The Nigerian Air Force has winged a new female combat pilot officer Kafayat Sanni, following the death of Tolulope Arotile at the combined ceremony of Basic Flying Course 19 Batch A/ Tactical Fighter Course 24 Batch B, at NAF Headquarters, Abuja. Five other pilots who have completed the Tactical Flying Training Course on the Alpha Jet aircraft were also winged during the ceremony.
The Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, while speaking at the cermeony said that the ceremony was one in the series of remarkable strides of the Nigerian Air Force towards capacity building to reposition the service into a highly professional and disciplined force that would respond swiftly to Nigeria’s security imperatives.
“Today, we have witnessed the decoration of four pilots with their basic pilot wings on completion of their Basic Flying Course and the award of Combat Rating to operational pilots who have completed the Tactical Flying Course on the Alpha Jet aircraft. As you are aware, human capacity development is one of the key drivers of the service vision and has indeed received much attention. This is evident in the number of personnel that have been trained in various courses, both locally and overseas. Indeed, today’s graduation brings the total number of new pilots winged since 2015 to 118,” he said.
“It is therefore, pleasing to note that 403 Flying Training School, Kano and 407 Air Combat Training Group, Kainji where the graduands were trained have continued to set the pace in the provision of high-quality fighter pilot training,” he added.
“I therefore, urge you to continue to give your best to the service and the nation. NAF cannot be strong and effective without our collective contributions no matter how modest they may be. You must be confident, courageous and patriotic in the discharge of your duties in the theatre of operations that you may be deployed to.
“For the operational pilots, I know the past 18 months have been particularly tedious with series of training sorties and several tactical manoeuvres executed to the high standards expected of NAF fighter pilots. All these were aimed at giving you the requisite skills necessary to prepare you for the tasks ahead.
“I must emphasize, now that you have earned your combat rating, you will be required to work harder and fly with more precision to meet up with the expectations of Nigerians in the various operational theatres,” he continued.