The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has inaugurated the Force Protection in Complex Air Ground Environment Course (FP-CAGE Cse) 7/2018 aimed at equipping NAF personnel with necessary skills to tackle asymmetric and dynamic security challenges in the country.
The inauguration of the Course, comprising 701 participants, took place on Tuesday, 6 November 2018, at the Regiment Training Centre (RTC), NAF Base Kaduna.
Speaking during the event, the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, who was represented by the Air Officer Commanding Ground Training Command, Air Vice Marshal Idi Amin, expressed profound appreciation to the British Military Advisory Training Team (BMATT) for its contributions and commitment in ensuring that the RTC remains a centre of excellence.
Air Marshal Abubakar charged the students to remain dedicated, focused and disciplined throughout the Course to enable them get the best from the Instructors’ wealth of knowledge and experience.
He also expressed his immense appreciation to the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, for his support towards ensuring that the NAF is better equipped to fulfill its statutory responsibilities.
The CAS reiterated NAF’s commitment to ensuring the security of lives and property of Nigerians and upholding democratic ideals for the progress and collective prosperity of the nation.
Earlier in his welcome remarks, the Commandant RTC, Wing Commander Steven Sekegor, stated that the one-month Course would incorporate drills in a complete array of both combat and non-combat scenarios in offensive and defensive operations, enabled by information superiority.
He said it had been deliberately structured to be very intensive to make it effective and efficient in training personnel to meet the ever changing complexities of military operations during war and peace time, while also furnishing them with the requisite skills and competencies to effectively carry out their duties of securing NAF assets for sustained operations.
The RTC, in partnership with BMATT, has ensured that modern training techniques are incorporated in the FP-CAGE curriculum to meet the asymmetric and dynamic challenges confronting the nation. The Centre has so far trained 2,208 personnel in FP-CAGE.
Air Commodore, Director of Public Relations and Information, Nigerian Air Force
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