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Air Force gets first female Air Warrant Officer, Grace Garba

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has approved the promotion of Master Warrant Officer, Grace Garba, to the exalted rank of Air Warrant Officer.

The Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, confirmed the appointment in a statement on Tuesday.

With the promotion, MWO Garba becomes the first female Senior Non-Commissioned Officer to be promoted to the highest rank in the Non-Commissioned Officers’ cadre in the Armed Forces of Nigeria.

“The promotion demonstrates the commitment of the current NAF leadership in paying adequate attention to the empowerment of female personnel to realise their full potentials,” Daramola said.

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“It is expected that the promotion of MWO Garba to AWO would serve as a motivation and spur other airwomen in the Service to strive for excellence and aspire for such rare elevation,” he added.

Garba holds a Certificate in Nursing from School of Nursing, Maiduguri, Certificate in Midwifery from Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, a certificate in Public Health Nursing from School of Health Technology in Kaduna State respectively.

The newly-promoted MWO also holds an Advanced Diploma in Public Administration at the Federal University of Technology, Yola.

She is currently the Regimental Sergeant Major of the NAF School of Medical Sciences and Aviation Medicine, Kaduna. She will be decorated with the new rank on October 15.

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