South African Air Force Prestige Day Parade 2016
By Garth Calitz
The South African Air Force Held their annual Prestige Day Parade on Friday 29th of January At Air Force Base Waterkloof . This year it was combined with the Base Military Training Course 02/2015 Passing out Parade. Lieutenant General F.Z Msimang was the revue officer for this prestigious occasion. The Wing accompanied by the SAAF Band marched on as the guests were being seated; the parade was attended by many dignitaries including Lt Gen Mosondo Chief of the Army, Former Chief of the SAAF Lt Gen Carlo Gagiano and many of foreign Military Attaches.
March on of Parade accompanied by the SAAF Band
Skydiving Display by SA Special Forces
General Salute Fly past
Chaplain Zolani Makalima
Albatros and Harvards
Bosboks, Kudu and Cessna 185
Col. Moonsamy and Parade Inspection
Colours Squadron Salute
Male and Female Top Shots
Fittest Male and Female
Einstein and Top Gun Awards
Prestige unit of the year..................Confidence Builder Award
In his address Lt Gen Msimang mentioned that despite the chronic below global accepted defence budget allocations the SAAF members are requested to not lose national priorities. Gen Msimang praised all on parade for the level excellence, professionalism, discipline and commitment displayed. He also paid tribute to all members that are currently deployed in peace keeping missions.
Gen Msimang reiterated that Discipline is paramount to all aspects of military and private lives quoting from section 200(1) of the constitution, "The defence force must be structured and managed as a disciplined military force".
The Mandate of the air force was mentioned, "Our National Defence Force remains consistently conscious of its role in a constitutional democracy and by its very nature continues to attract allies and competitors alike."
The SAAF furthermore will focus on the development of its members by partaking in various foreign learning opportunities, having sent many members to Cuba, Zimbabwe, Russia, United Kingdom, Bangladesh and the United States of America for functional and development courses. These engaments are meant to ensure that the SAAF continues to maintain the momentum in force preparation and capacity building endeavours.
Gen Msimang assured all South Africans of the readyness and commitment of the South African Air Force towards national security and defence of the country.
Focus areas for the coming year will be:
· African Aerospace and Defence Expo 2016
· Building reserve force capacity
· Building capacity in every respect
· Foreign learning opportunities
· Restructuring the SAAF
· Transformation of cockpit and line specific training
· Honouring the collective heritage
· Career planning
· Partnership on youth outreach programs
· Accommodating Air Force children through on base crèches and primary schools
Gen Msimang concluded with offering thanks to everyone that made the day possible .The Wing then marched off the parade ground with a 2 squadron Gripen flight and fireworks display.
To All the members of the South African Air Force Past and present may you celebrate the 96 birthday of the SAAF in grand style.
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