CHANGE OF BATON: AIR VICE MARSHAL UZEZI ASSUMES OFFICE AS 11TH AIR OFFICER COMMANDING MOBILITY COMMAND

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Sequel to the recent redeployment of senior officers in the Nigerian Air Force (NAF), a formal change of baton in the leadership of Mobility Command (MC) was conducted on 25 January 2019 with Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Peter Uzezi assuming office as Eleventh Air Officer Commanding (AOC) MC. In a colourful Handing and Taking Over Ceremony conducted at the Headquarters (HQ) of the Command in Yenagoa, the immediate past AOC MC, AVM Napoleon Bali, remarked that the he had done his best. AVM Bali, who is being redeployed as AOC Special Operations Command Bauchi, congratulated his successor and implored personnel of MC to work assiduously for his success.

In his response, the new AOC MC, AVM Uzezi, expressed his gratitude to the CAS for finding him worthy of being entrusted with such an onerous responsibility. He stated that the Command, under his leadership, would continue to strive to fulfill its mandate of providing tactical and strategic airlift in support of military operations, whilst also providing assistance to civil authority whenever required. He reminded the personnel of the Command of their role in securing lives and property of all Nigerians, especially as the 2019 Elections draw closer. The AOC also called on the personnel to give him the same support which was enjoyed by his predecessor.

The Handing and Taking Over Ceremony was rounded off with the Command 2019 First Quarter Regimental Dinner Night (RDN) at the NAF Officers’ Mess Yenagoa. The Special Guest of Honour at the Dinner, Executive Governor of Bayelsa State, Honourable Seriake Dickson, represented by his Deputy, Rear Admiral John Jonah (rtd), commended the NAF for sustaining the culture of regimentation, for which the military is known. He explained that the essence of RDNs is to foster comradeship and deepen solidarity among the military and other institutions. The Dinner Night was well attended by Heads of Sister Services such as the Commander Operation Delta Safe, Flag Officer Commanding Central Naval Command and General Officer Commanding 6 Division Nigerian Army, among others.

IBIKUNLE DARAMOLA
Air Commodore
Director of Public Relations and Information
Nigerian Air Force

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