As part of efforts by the Ministry of National Defense to enhance the airlift capabilities of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), two officers, Second Lieutenants Varney A. Sirleaf and Jerrick J. Dwanah, Jr., are presently under going pilot training at the Nigerian AirForce (NAF) 301 Flying Training School in Kaduna, Nigeria.
They are pursuing training in Aerodynamics, AirNavigation, Aircraft Systems, Meteorology, Air Traffic Control, Mass and Balance and Human Preference Limitations. The pilot training of the two AFL Air force officers alongside twenty-three of their allied Nigeria Air Force counterparts commenced on schedule in December of 2013 using the Beetle ABT-18 Trainer Aircraft.
Meanwhile Liberia’s Defense Minister Brownie J. Samukai, Jr., has expressed gratitude to the AFL High Command for the impressive report emanating from the Nigeria Air Force Training School regarding the performances of the two AFL officers.
The Defense Minister has therefore, authorized an increment in the monthly allowances of the student pilots so as to keep them focused in their training for a successful completion.
According to Minister Samukai, the ongoing training is part of the Commander-In-Chief’s vision to prepare the new AFL for an all rounded task in order to respond to humanitarian operations other than war in an expeditious manner. See full text inside.