Grace Garba breaks 55-year-old jinx to become the Nigerian Air Force's first female Air Warrant Officer

Grace Garba is the Nigerian Air Force's first female Air Warrant Officer in 55 years (Nigerian Airforce)
  • The Nigerian Air Force (NAF), the air branch of the Nigerian Armed Forces, was officially established on April 18, 1964.
  • 55 years later, it finally has its first female Air Warrant Officer.
  • Her name is Grace Garba.

Grace Garba is the Nigerian Air Force's first female Air Warrant Officer in 55 years.

She is now the first female Senior Non-Commissioned Officer (SNCO) to be promoted to the highest rank in the Non-Commissioned Officers’ cadre since the force was established on April 18, 1964.

Reportedly, Garba joined the NAF back in 1986 as a member of the Basic Military Training Course (BMTC) 10. She was 20 years old at the time.

Over the years, she put in the work required while earning four certificates — a Nursing degree from the School of Nursing, Maiduguri, Midwifery from Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Public Health Nursing from the School of Health Technology, Kaduna and an Advanced Diploma in Public Administration at the Federal University of Technology, Yola.

She eventually became the Regimental Sergeant Major (RSM) of the Nigerian Air Force’s School of Medical Sciences and Aviation Medicine (NAFSMSAM), Kaduna which is her current position before this promotion.

Announcing the news, the Director of Public Relations and Information of Nigeria’s Airforce, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, said: “The promotion demonstrates the commitment of the current NAF leadership in paying adequate attention to the empowerment of female personnel to realize their full potentials.”

The force’s official Twitter handle also shared the news online adding that her promotion “is expected that this would serve as motivation & spur other airwomen to strive for excellence & aspire for such rare elevation. The promotion demonstrates the commitment of the current NAF leadership to empower female personnel to realize their full potentials.”

Garbe will be decorated with her new rank on October 15, 2019.

JOIN OUR PULSE COMMUNITY!

Unblock notifications in browser settings.

Eyewitness? Submit your stories now via social or:

Email: news@pulselive.co.ke

Recommended articles

Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote poised to overtake another Russian billionaire Vladimir Lisin on Bloomberg billionaires list

Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote poised to overtake another Russian billionaire Vladimir Lisin on Bloomberg billionaires list

Mzee Kibor's will made public, revealing how vast wealth and millions will be distributed

Mzee Kibor's will made public, revealing how vast wealth and millions will be distributed

Ini Edo posts new photos amid reports of welcoming a baby through surrogacy

Ini Edo posts new photos amid reports of welcoming a baby through surrogacy

Referee behind chaos at AFCON was rushed to hospital after match

Referee behind chaos at AFCON was rushed to hospital after match

Eddie Butita speaks on his fallout with Miss Mandi, offers her a job

Eddie Butita speaks on his fallout with Miss Mandi, offers her a job

Africa's richest man, Aliko Dangote, adds extra $915 million to his vast wealth in Q1 2022

Africa's richest man, Aliko Dangote, adds extra $915 million to his vast wealth in Q1 2022

Zuchu forced to apologize to fans after viral video raised eyebrows

Zuchu forced to apologize to fans after viral video raised eyebrows

Willy Paul wins against Diana Marua in court

Willy Paul wins against Diana Marua in court

KDF moves to forcibly acquire Sh 500M supermarket land in Nairobi

KDF moves to forcibly acquire Sh 500M supermarket land in Nairobi