The opening ceremony of the second edition of Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Inter-Command Combat Sports Competition, tagged ‘Jos 2017’ showcased a practical demonstration during internal security operation when troops encountered the enemies and the roles of the NAF in causality and medical evacuation in support of the ground forces.
As usual, invited guests at the occasion were anxious to witness display of sporting capabilities among the competing teams drawn from the Headquarters NAF and the 5 Commands. It was actually kick-started with a combat match pass and jogging to demonstrate the physical fitness and mental alertness of the personnel toward discharging the constitutional role of defending the nation. This followed by a combat relay in which the team Training Command and team Headquarters NAF came first and second respectively.
The event was however, climaxed by a combat scenario that simulated a situation whereby the surface forces came under the enemy’s fire while advancing in the frontline. This resulted into causality on the part of the troops as some were critically injured while others sustained degree of injuries with one killed in action. The exercise saw the rapid deployment of the NAF medical team to rescue the wounded and offered medical care in the frontline as well as evacuated the dead employing the air and surface ambulances. The causality/medication evacuation simulation was an aspect of the air combat support roles of the NAF in the ongoing counterinsurgency and other internal security operations across the country.
The Plateau State governor, Bar Simon Lalong who was the special guest of honour at the occasion eulogized the visionary leadership of the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar for introducing the combat sports competition as one of the annual event of the NAF. The governor noted that the exercise is not only capable of enhancing the physical fitness of the NAF personnel but would also enhance their mental alertness and further boost their combat capability. Speaking further, Lalong thanked the NAF for its immense contribution to the restoration of peace on the Plateau and assured the force of the state government support at all times.
In his opening remarks, the CAS said that the NAF was mindful of the fact that maintaining high level of physical fitness and mental alertness would no doubt help the personnel in discharging the professional task effectively. He noted that the Service before now has put in place series of physical training activities for personnel to keep fit and the subsequent introduction of the combat sports competition to boost physical training.
Air Marshal Abubakar thanked the President Muhammadu Buhari for his unflinching support to the NAF and assured Nigerians of the full commitment of his administration in ensuring adequate security of the nation while adding values to the society.