As part of efforts to further enhance discipline, regimentation, professionalism and efficient service delivery in the Nigerian Air Force (NAF), the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Hasan Abubakar on Wednesday chaired a Retreat held for Air Warrant Officers (AWOs) and Regimental Sergeant Majors (RSMs) serving in various units across the nation.
In his opening remarks, Air Marshal Abubakar emphasized the significance of mentorship in the NAF through sharing of knowledge, skills, and experience, in view of the vast experience and knowledge that the AWOs, RSMs and other Senior-Non-Commissioned Officers (SNCOs) possess.
Expressing concern over the observed decline in mentoring within the Non-Commissioned Officers’ (NCO) cadre over the years, the CAS urged AWOs and RSMs to revive the culture of mentorship in their various units.
He also reminded the AWOs and RSMs that as the link between the Officers’ Cadre and the Other Ranks, they must be impartial in the discharge of their responsibilities.
Speaking further, the CAS underscored the importance of maintaining and upholding the high standards of discipline and noted that AWOs and RSMs have the responsibility to ensure that airmen and airwomen under their commands remain disciplined in the discharge of their duties.
While highlighting the upward trend of indiscipline being exacerbated through drug abuse, offenses related to sentry duties, and cases of Absence Without Leave (AWOL) across various units, Air Marshal Abubakar called for a cessation of this trend and identified the crucial role AWOs and RSMs could play in checkmating it. He then urged them to establish mechanisms for constant interaction with their subordinates to address personal and service-related issues.
The CAS also emphasized the need for them to take ownership of service properties with the same passion and care as personal items. Emphasizing the importance of regular cleaning, sanitation, and maintenance of NAF buildings, hangars and operational facilities, he underscored the role AWOs and RSMs can play in fostering a robust maintenance culture within their units.
On safety, the CAS stated that the outcome of the recently held 2023 Safety Review Board (SRB) can only be realizable if all personnel take ownership of the safety of operational and personal environment.
He then emphasized the need for a relentless pursuit and internalization of safety culture among airmen and airwomen, noting that personnel must consistently adhere to all safety standards and regulations to prevent mishaps in various operations as well as preventing fire hazards within barracks.
Highlights of the Retreat included brief by the AWOs and RSMs on activities in their various Areas of Responsibility.
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Nigerian Air Force