The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Hasan Abubakar, has unveiled his command philosophy that would enable NAF personnel have a clear understanding of his focus on the future direction of the Service.
The CAS revealed that his command philosophy is to, “To transform the NAF into an agile and resilient force that effectively meets the airpower demands of national security in all operational environments”.
He disclosed this at his maiden meeting with Branch Chiefs, Air Officers Commanding and NAF operational commanders held at NAF Headquarters Abuja on Thursday , August 10, 2023.
In framing his philosophy, Air Marshal Abubakar stated that he took cognizance of the current state of NAF fleet which has been enhanced with over 70 new aircraft types with more being expected as well as the current security environment.
According to the CAS, “Only a carefully thought-out strategy guided by a strong philosophy can adequately situate the NAF to address the Nation’s security challenges.”
To translate his philosophy into tangible gains on ground, the CAS stated that he will leverage on technology, innovation, lessons learnt as well as the personnel and fleets at his disposal to effectively checkmate the security threats confronting the nation. These are aside the 5 key enablers that he believed will drive his philosophy to fruition.
On the sideline of the meeting, the CAS handed out brand new Hilux Toyota vehicles to 7 Air Warrant Officers in honour of their selfless services to the NAF, the Armed Forces of Nigeria and the nation at large, having attained the pinnacle of their careers.
According to Air Marshal Abubakar, “This gesture was in line with one of the key enablers of my Philosophy to, ‘Maintain a highly motivated force by enhancing welfare and infrastructural renewal.’ He then hoped that the gesture would spur others to work harder and aspire towards contributing their best to the growth of the NAF.
The meeting brought together all Branch Chiefs, Air Officers Commanding as well as Commanders of Direct Reporting Units and Operation Units. Issues germane to enhancing ongoing air operations as well as welfare of NAF personnel are tops on the agenda.