The Nigerian Air Force, NAF, has deployed airwomen and female air officers, known as Women of War, for military operations in the North-East.
The female military personnel, according to Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Sadique Abubakar are actively involved in the on-going counter-insurgency operation with special forces against Boko Haram terrorists and other criminal elements.
Air Marshal Abubakar told PRNigeria that NAF is a gender-sensitive service that encouraged its personnel to explore their potentials without inhibition in the armed forces.
“The Women of War have continued to showcase their professional capacity as fearless and courageous military personnel as pilots, loadmasters, aircraft maintenance engineers, aerospace engineers, armament specialists, squad leaders, combatants, loadmasters, Military police, and air traffic controllers among others.”
While the NAF’s Women of War are productive and adding value to the service in critical specialties, some of them are currently undergoing various studies in combat operations and aircraft maintenance.
PRNigeria gathered that a Nigerian female officer is currently undergoing training in the United States of America to become the first female fighter pilot in the history of the NAF and another female officer is undergoing training in South Africa to become the first NAF female helicopter gunship pilot.