The Chief Of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar, says effective military communications is imperative for any successful military enterprise including the projection of air power.
Abubakar stated this during the graduation of 82 participants of Intermediate and Advanced courses in Communications and Information Systems at Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) on Tuesday in Kaduna.
He stressed that effective military communication was essentially the ability to promptly transmit messages, orders and reports without compromising the security of the information contained therein.
“This essential characteristic has played very important role in warfare from time immemorial.”
Abubakar explained that, from the beginning, the prime focus of this administration has been the development of human capacity for the effective and efficient employment of air power when required.
He said the Nigerian Air Force has consistently trained personnel both locally and abroad.
“The successful execution of air operations in theatres across our country is a testament of our capacity building initiatives under the broad initiative of repositioning the Nigerian Air Force into a highly professional and disciplined force that can respond in a timely manner to national security challenges.
“These technical courses conducted at the AFIT are crucial to reducing the dependence on foreign expatriates and building the confidence of our personnel.
“In recent times, the NAF’s effort in enhancing capacity of Communication and Information Systems personnel has led to the training of four Information Technology officers on Advanced Software Development at the Academy Computer Training Centre, Miami Florida, USA .
“And five others on Advanced Cyber Security at Institute of Information Security, Maharashtra Pune, India,”the chief of air staff said.
He disclosed that NAF had also trained four Communications personnel on Forward Looking Infra-Red Camera Intermediate Maintenance Course in the USA.
Also, the Chinese Electronics Import and Export Corporation had trained three officers and one Senior Non-Commissioned Officer in China on Radar systems.
Additionally, five Communication and Information System officers are currently undergoing various courses in China.
“A total of 20 others were trained by Forward Looking Infra-Red company USA on Airborne Tactical Observation Systems and are currently deployed in various theatres of operation across the country.”
He said it was expected that the knowledge acquired in these trainings would boost capacity of Communications and Information Systems personnel such that these courses could also be conducted at the AFIT in the near future to save scarce national resources.
“Additionally training facilities at this institute would be upgraded to ensure practical experience of future students is enhanced.
“Accordingly you will be deployed to support ongoing NAF operations either directly or indirectly. Therefore, you are to remain highly professional, focused and disciplined,”he said.
He charged them to bring to bear the skills they had acquired during their training at the prestigious institute in the discharge of their duties.
“It is therefore my sincere expectation that as you go to the field, you will be good and worthy ambassadors of AFIT as you join a long line of outstanding graduates of this prestigious citadel who through excellence and commitment have contributed to the success of the Nigerian Air Force.
“Let me seize this opportunity to remind you that discipline is the bedrock of any fighting force, without which, there can be no cohesion and team work.
“Also, be reminded that the country is still battling with the COVID-19 pandemic and the government is doing everything possible to combat it.
“We are equally obliged to support Government’s efforts by ensuring total adherence to the various guidelines issued by relevant and recognised health authorities,”Abubakar added.
The Air chief appreciated President Muhammadu Buhari for providing the enabling environment for air force personnel to effectively discharge their constitutional mandate professionally even in the face of harsh economic realities.
“I therefore use this opportunity to reiterate our total commitment to the restoration of peace and stability to all parts of Nigeria,”he said.
Earlier the Commandant, AFIT AVM Abdulganiyyu Olabisi said the Intermediate courses commenced about six months ago while the advanced courses commenced about three months ago.
Olabisi said the courses include advanced airmen electrical electronic/ communication course, advanced airmen information technology course and advanced airmen electrical electronics/radar course
Others include, intermediate airmen electrical electronic/ communication Course, intermediate airmen information technology course and intermediate airmen electrical electronics/radar course.
He explained that the objective of these courses was to improve on the skills acquired by the airmen and airwomen from their basic courses.
“Following the basic training, they will be posted to various units for hands on experience,”he said.
Edited By: Emmanuel Okara/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)
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