NAF has announced its first ever female Air Warrant Officer, following the promotion of Mrs. Grace Garba from Master Warrant Officer to the rank of Air Warrant Officer by the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar.
The NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, made this announcement in a statement issued in Abuja, on Tuesday afternoon.
He informed newsmen that the promotion of MWO Garba makes her 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 to paying adequate attention to the empowerment of female personnel to realise their full potentials," he stated.
“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.”
Daramola also recalled how NAF sent one of their female officers to the United States of America (USA) for training to become the first female fighter pilot in the history of NAF.
“Similarly, for the first time in NAF history, another female pilot is on the verge of completing training to become the first female helicopter pilot in the service," he said.
MWO Garba was born on February 14, 1966, in Garkida, Gombi Local Government Area of Adamawa State. She joined the NAF in 1986 as a member of Basic Military Training Course 10.
She holds a certificate in Nursing from the School of Nursing, Maiduguri, and also a certificate in Midwifery from Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Zaria, Kaduna State.
According to close sources, MWO Garba is currently the Regimental Sergeant Major of the NAF School of Medical Sciences and Aviation Medicine, Kaduna.