- The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) held its third quarter route march exercise on Saturday, August 18
- The exercise is a quarterly routine aimed at keeping the personnel of NAF fit and for bonding
- It is also aimed at enhancing the physical and mental alertness of officers and men of NAF
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Saturday, August 18, held its 2018 third quarter route march exercise for personnel serving in Abuja.
The exercise, which was held simultaneously in all NAF Units across the country, was led by the chief of policy and plans, Air Vice Marshal Muhammadu Muhammed, who represented the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, at the event in the nation;s capital.
The aim of the routine exercise is to keep officers and men of the service physically and mentally fit for the effective performance of their various duties towards fulfilling NAF’s constitutional roles as an effective military arm of Nigeria.
While speaking at the end of the exercise, the representative of the CAS commended personnel for demonstrating high level of physical fitness, stating that officers and men of the NAF have proved beyond reasonable doubt that they are willing, able and ready to serve the nation and defend its territorial integrity.
He urged the personnel to sustain the military culture of regular exercise in order to maintain their personal physical fitness to enable them carry out assigned tasks and perform their jobs more efficiently.
He said the huge number of personnel that turned up for the exercise “are available to serve this nation,” adding that “these are men and women that fight for people that cannot fight for themselves.”
“You have given us reason to believe that the men and women we have are physically fit and you are reassuring this country, that they have very fit men and women in the Nigerian Air Force,” he added.
National Youth Service Corps members serving with the NAF as well as journalists also participated in the 10km march, which kicked off from Mogadishu Military Cantonment to Niger Barracks and back.
Meanwhile, in its bid to curtail armed banditry and other security challenges in Zamfara state, NAF has constructed and commissioned 2 new helipads at 207 Quick Response Group (207 QRG) in Gusau.
The 2 helipads, would enable NAF combat helicopter gunships to operate from Gusau thereby increasing their reach during air operations within Zamfara state and environs.
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