His Excellency Hon Uhuru Kenyatta President and Commander-in-Chief is received by the Chief of the Defence Forces General (Dr) Julius Karangi at KAF Air Moves as Cabinet Secretary Defence Amb. Rachelle Omamo looks on.
It was pomp and color at Moi Air Base (MAB), Eastleigh, Nairobi, when His Excellency and Commander-In-Chief of Kenya Defence Forces President Uhuru Kenyatta joined the Kenya Air Force (KAF) fraternity to commemorate its 50th Golden Jubilee on Wednesday 04 June, 2014.
The spectacular commemoration was aimed at paying tribute to Officers, Airmen and Women who had served in the past and those who are still at the service.
The ceremony highlighted KAF’s service in protecting Kenya’s air space since its establishment in 01 June 1964 under an indigenous Kenyan commander Major General (Retired) Dedan Gichuri. The ‘Tuko Imara Angani’ motto was put into practice when aircrafts displayed their aerial prowess in deterring enemy aggression from the air. The F5 fighter jets, Buffalo, Puma, MI 17 E, among other aircrafts’ air manoeuvres exemplified Kenya’s air readiness.
In his speech, the President thanked KAF for its hard work, innovation and determination in protecting Kenya’s sovereignty and borders. He also emphasized KAF’s secondary role of Aid to civil Authority and singled out last year’s successful December evacuation exercise of Kenyans from South Sudan. He praised the KAF and its sister Services of Kenya Army and Kenya Navy’s involvement in bringing peace into the war torn country of Somalia.
President Kenyatta laid a wreath in honour of the fallen heroes and afterwards unveiled KAF@50 Plaque and History Book. He also presented awards to KAF’s present and Former Commanders, General Officers and Sergeant Majors.
Present during the event were Her Excellency the First Lady Margret Kenyatta, Defence Cabinet Secretary Ambassador Raychelle Omamo, Chief of Defence Forces General (Dr.) Julius Karangi, Defence Principal Secretary Ambassador (Dr.) Monicah Juma, Service Commanders, Senior Officers, Retired officers, serving and former Service Members among other dignitaries and invited guests.
H. E. President Uhuru Kenyatta bows in respect after laying the wreath at the KAF monument as KAF Commander Salutes during the KAF@50 celebrations
Major David Mumo and Colour Officer Lieutenant Samuel Ndambuki with Kenya Air Force Soldiers match past the main dais during the KAFR@50 ceremony.
Pupils of Moi Air Base Primary school entertain the guests during the KAF@50 ceremony.
Defence Sergeant Major Warrant Officer 1 Kanato Khalif receives a memento from H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta during the KAF@50 celebrations.
Kenya Air Force Commander Maj Gen Joff Otieno receives a memento from H. E. President Uhuru Kenyatta for his leadership as KAF Commander during the KAF@50 ceremony.