MEDIA INVITATION BY SOUTH AFRICAN AIR FORCE:
CHANGE OF COMMAND PARADE TO BE HELD AT AIR FORCE
Date of release 23 February 2011
On Friday 25 February 2011, The South African
Air Force will host a parade at Air Force Base
(AFB) Makhado where a change of command will be
take place amongst four different Air Force
units simultaneously at 10:30.
The units are: 2 Squadron, 85 Combat Flying
School, 3 Air Servicing Unit and 515 Squadron.
Transformation in the Air Force has come full
circle with the appointment of Lieutenant
Colonel (Lt Col) Musa Mbhokota as the first
Black pilot to assume command of 2 Squadron
which is the host to Gripens and Hawks.
Colonel Silumko Vaaiboom, Lt Col Kevin Ogden
and Lt Col Iris Joan Owen will also officially
assume command of 5 Air Servicing Unit, 85
Combat Flying School and 515 Squadron
85 Combat Flying School is primarily
responsible for producing air crew for Gripens
and Hawks while the 3 Air Servicing Unit and 515
Squadron deal with technical support and
protection services respectively.
As the Air Force’s prime fighter base, AFB
Makhado boasts state of the art facilities which
are meant to sustain the government’s priority
of ensuring that the people of South Africa are
and feel safe. It is in this vein that the Air
Force has entrusted this mammoth responsibility
to the officers mentioned above to be the
drivers of this endeavour.
You are cordially invited to send a
journalist and/or a cameraperson/photographer to
cover the event. Please RSVP as indicated below
on or before 12:00 on Thursday 24 February 2011.
Air transport has been arranged to ferry
assigned journalists on a one-day-return trip to
Air Force Base Makhado. Kindly be advised that
space is offered on a first-come-first-serve
basis and please provide your contact details
and RSA Identity Document Number.
Departure: Air Force Base Waterkloof
Arrival in Makhado: 09:00
Departure in Makhado: 12:00
Arrival at Waterkloof: 13:00
Issued by: Department of Defence
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