AFRD: Nigerian Air Force Organises Inaugural Veterans Outreach Programme

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In observance of the 2024 Armed Forces Remembrance Day (AFRD), Air Marshal Hasan Abubakar, the Chief of the Air Staff, has given the green light to initiate the inaugural Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Veterans Outreach Programme.

The Director of Public Relations and Information at NAF, Air Vice-Marshal Edward Gabkwet, announced this development in a statement released on Friday in Abuja. The Armed Forces Remembrance Day, observed annually on January 15, commemorates the conclusion of the Nigerian Civil War, spanning from July 6, 1967, to January 15, 1970.

The Veterans Outreach Programme is scheduled to take place on January 12, and January 13, at the three oldest NAF Commands situated in Makurdi, Kaduna, and Lagos. Gabkwet outlined the program’s objectives, which encompass medical outreaches, health support talks and lectures, and interactive sessions with the respective Air Officers Commanding (AOCs) as well as Base Commands.

He affirmed that the outreach is designed to give back to retired NAF officers, airmen, and airwomen; fostering a sense of belonging and addressing their welfare challenges. The programme also aims to uplift the spirits of the veterans, conveying appreciation for their dedicated services and sacrifices to the nation.

Furthermore, it serves as a platform to discuss and resolve challenges unique to retirees’ welfare; offering an opportunity to reinforce the value the NAF places on the ongoing efforts of its personnel in safeguarding the lives and properties of Nigerians. The outreach, in essence, delivers a positive message of care to both serving and retired members, encouraging continued dedication to the nation’s service.

 

 

 

 

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