Kenya Army Mentors Young Aviators

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Sergeant Arthur Denje a KDF aeronautical technician at the Joint Helicopter Command taking through the students on the basic components of a helicopter.

Kenya Defence Forces, Joint Helicopter Command (JHC) today hosted students from the Alliance High School as part of KDF’s continuous mentorship programme where the military personnel in different career specialization interact and mentor students on career and other life skills. The students who are also members of the school’s aviation club had opportunity to interact with Kenya Army combat pilots and Army engineers from the aviation unit.

Speaking at the event, JHC Commander, Lieutenant Colonel Duncan Ndegwa Kabonyi, said the programme is one of the many ways the army exploits to reach out to the youth. “The Army has soldiers who undertake their tasks deeply rooted in professionalism, a trait that we want to share with these young minds.” He also encouraged the students to consider the military as a career choice, as it is a noble career. He further added that the programme has a correlation with security saying that some of security challenges the country is facing have been perpetuated by misguided and deviant use of the young people in the country.“This mentorship programme provides us an avenue to engage learners constructively and it is an initiative that is an additional arsenal in the fight against crime and insecurity, where young people are radicalised to engage in criminal activities,’’ added Lieutenant Colonel Ndegwa.

Speaking on behalf of the Alliance High School, the Aviation Club’s chairman Kevin Kinuthia, thanked KDF for the opportunity to visit the unit. He expressed confidence that the forum has indeed encouraged them as students and empowered them to pursue careers in aviation.

 Lt Col J Njuguna Commanding Officer Tech Wing at Joint Helicopter Command and other KDF Pilots interact with students from Alliance High School during their visit.Lt Col J Njuguna Commanding Officer Tech Wing at Joint Helicopter Command and other KDF Pilots interact with students from Alliance High School during their visit.
Maj S Obunga a KDF Instructor Pilot at the Joint Helicopter Command giving a lecture to Alliance Boys Aviation Club Maj S Obunga a KDF Instructor Pilot at the Joint Helicopter Command giving a lecture to Alliance Boys Aviation Club
Newman Kimuhu, Secretary Aviation Club (Alliance High School) asking a question during their visit. Newman Kimuhu, Secretary Aviation Club (Alliance High School) asking a question during their visit.