The Regiment Training Centre (RTC) over the weekend graduated four batches of trainees comprising 209 students who successfully completed different brigade training organised by the Centre in collaboration with the British Military Advisory Training Team (BMATT).
The latest courses include Basic Regiment Officers’ Course and Basic Regiment Airmen/Airwomen Course, both of which are designed to expose participants to theoretical and practical training in Force Protection, Weapon Handling, and Marksmanship. Others are Rigger Course for Paratrooper Instructors, and Rappelling Course specifically conducted for members of the Defence Special Force.
Speaking at the combined graduation ceremony, the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar urged the graduand to continue to exhibit the expertise acquired during the training and to take advantage of the wide range of opportunities offered by the NAF to continuously sharpen their skills and knowledge in order to be adequately prepared to meet any challenge.
The CAS thanked the British Government for her support to Nigeria towards fighting insurgency and other internal security challenges in the country, noting that the partnership with BMATT has continued to add value to RTC, and thus expressed the desire for greater collaboration in other areas.
Meanwhile, the Commander BMATT, Wing Commander John Rees MBE, in his response, has expressed the willingness by his team to extend the existing frontier of partnership with RTC in building the capacity of instructors and students at the Centre.
Since its establishment in April this year, the RTC has been into partnership with BMATT to conduct various regiment training for NAF personnel, and those of other sister Services. Before now, the Centre had graduated rappellers for the Nigerian Navy, as well as trained 4 officers and 100 airmen and airwomen in airfield defence and force protection in collaboration with the BMATT.