15 Feb 2015 11:30am
WINDHOEK, 15 FEB (NAMPA) President Hifikepunye Pohamba has on Friday advised the Namibian Air force Command to ensure continuous development of Air Force human resource capacity in the interest of the Air Force
This will enable the Air Force to effectively and efficiently support, protect and defend the air space of Namibia.
Pohamba said this at the inauguration of the first Air Force School of Air Power Studies in Namibia, at Namibia Defence Force headquarters in Grootfontein, north-east of Namibia in the Otjozondjupa Region.
The school was established to ensure that the air force personnel are equipped with skills that can match the technological and technical developments in military aviation.
The Commander in Chief of the Namibian Defence Force has also expressed his happiness that the School of Air Power Studies will not only equip members of the Namibian Air Force, but it will also provide training to cadets from other countries in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC).
This is a great achievement and a clear demonstration that with hard work and proper planning, we achieve our goals, said the president.
It is a demonstration that we are able to successfully train and equip our people with the necessary skills to become professionals who serve our country and its people with pride and dignity, he added.
The Head of State said that the establishment of the Namibian Air force School of Air power Studies is another paramount step taken in strengthening the capacity of members of the Air force and the professionalism of its members.
The school will not only train students for career in military but they will also be trained to become leaders outside the military.
Students will undergo a rigorous training six months training programme in order to be introduced to the military life, culture and the traditions in the Air Force.
The president said for the past 10 years, the Air Force has proven its capacity and professionalism by providing assistance to civilian authorities in times of need such as being an instrumental in airlifting supplies to outlying areas during floods.
It has also played a significant role on airlifting some citizens who were stranded in flooded areas and assisted in delivering drought aid supplies to outlying areas.
The President further congratulated the Ministry of Defence Force for establishment of the Namibia Air Force School of Air Power Studies.
I am confident that the school will achieve the objective of giving our Air Force additional capacity to strengthen its combat capabilities and readiness, said the Head of State.
The Air Force Commander, Air-Vice Marshall Martin Kambulu Pinehas said that the establishment and subsequent inauguration of the Air Force School of Air Power Studies is a step in the right direction and a measure that has being taken to ensure that Air Force personnel are equipped with proper skills so that they can work in any part of Namibia.
'This achievement demonstrates our strategic initiative to position the Air Force on the path to professionalism,' said Pinehas.