In­sur­gency: Air Chief asks NDA cadets to be pa­tri­otic, coura­geous

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Chris­tiana T. Alabi, Kaduna

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Mar­shal Sadique Baba Abubakar, has asked grad­u­at­ing cadets of the Nige­rian De­fence Acad­emy (NDA) to be pa­tri­otic and coura­geous, as they join the armed forces in the fight against in­sur­gency next month.

The 64 Reg­u­lar Course Army and 65 Reg­u­lar Course Navy and Air Force cadets were at the week­end tested in the act of war­fare af­ter they were sub­jected to three weeks of prac­ti­cal war­fare train­ing where live am­mu­ni­tions of var­i­ous weapons were fired. The fi­nal bat­tle in­oc­u­la­tion ex­er­cise, which in­volved fir­ing of live am­mu­ni­tions of var­i­ous weapons at Com­bat Team Level on se­lected tar­gets was de­signed to ex­pose the of­fi­cer cadets to real bat­tle sit­u­a­tions.

Speak­ing at the clos­ing of the 3-week train­ing at Kachia in Kaduna State at the week­end, Abubakar said the train­ing had ad­e­quately pre­pared the cadets to con­trib­ute ef­fec­tively to the fight against in­sur­gency and other threats con­fronting Nige­ria.

The Chief of Air Staff who was rep­re­sented by the Air Of­fi­cer Com­mand­ing (AOC), Train­ing Com­mand, Kaduna, Air Vice Mar­shal C. E Okoye, said, “The train­ing you have re­ceived has pre­pared you to ad­e­quately con­trib­ute ef­fec­tively to this fight. There­fore, I urge you to be pa­tri­otic and coura­geous as you dis­charge your duty to the coun­try in what­ever way you may be called to do so. As you look for­ward to pass­ing out from the Acad­emy come Septem­ber 16, 2017, per­mit me to re­mind you of zero tol­er­ance to ev­ery act of in­dis­ci­pline. As such, you must ex­er­cise ex­tra cau­tion and re­main dis­ci­plined for the days ahead, so that your hope of earn­ing a pres­i­den­tial com­mis­sion is not dashed.”

Ear­lier, the Acad­emy’s Direc­tor of Mil­i­tary Train­ing (DMT), Bri­gadier Gen­eral M. G Kangye de­scribed the train­ing code-named ‘Ex­er­cise Camp High­land’ as the fi­nal field train­ing ex­er­cise for pass­ing out army cadets, ad­ding that it was de­signed to ex­am­ine their un­der­stand­ing of op­er­a­tional, ad­min­is­tra­tive and lo­gis­tic con­cepts. “The ex­er­cise is used for the assess­ment of the cadets’ suit­abil­ity for com­mis­sion into the armed forces as com­bat­ant of­fi­cers,” he stressed.

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