The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has approved the promotion of Master Warrant Officer , Grace Garba , to the exalted rank of Air Warrant Officer .
NAF Director of Public Relations and Information , Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, announced this in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja .
He said with the promotion, MWO Garba becomes the first female Senior Non- Commissioned Officer to be promoted to the highest rank in the Non- Commissioned Officers’ cadre in the Armed Forces of Nigeria.
“ The promotion demonstrates the commitment of the current NAF leadership in paying adequate attention to the empowerment of female personnel to realise their full potentials, ” he said.
Daramola recalled that one of the NAF ’ s female officers was sent to the United States of America for training to become the first female fighter pilot in the history of the NAF .
“ Similarly , for the first time in NAF history , another female pilot is on the verge of completing training to become the first female helicopter pilot in the Service .
“ It is expected that the promotion of MWO Garba to AWO would serve as a motivation and spur other airwomen in the Service to strive for excellence and aspire for such rare elevation, ” he said.
Born on February 14 , 1966 in Garkida, Gombi Local Government Area of Adamawa State , MWO Garba joined the NAF in 1986 as a member of Basic Military Training Course 10 .
She holds a Certificate in Nursing from School of Nursing , Maiduguri ; Certificate in Midwifery from Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital , Zaria , Kaduna State .
The officer holds a Certificate in Public Health Nursing from School of Health Technology , Kaduna; and Advanced Diploma in Public Administration at the Federal University of Technology , Yola .
She is currently the Regimental Sergeant Major of the NAF School of Medical Sciences and Aviation Medicine , Kaduna.
She will be decorated with the new rank on October 15