Deputy Army Commander (DAC) Major General David Tarus has today officiated the closing ceremony of the Parachute Basic Course at Laikipia Air Base (LAB), in Nanyuki.
The parachute course saw participants from the three Services of the Kenya Defence Forces undergo a one-month training to qualify.
The three-phase course began with a one-week physically and mentally challenging selection test, followed by three weeks of ground training at Special Operations Training School (SOTS) in Gilgil, and culminated in parachute live jumps.
Speaking during the ceremony, Maj Gen Tarus congratulated the participants for their resilience and determination in partaking the training.
“Indeed, it is an honor to witness your parachute live jumps and urge you to pick every challenge you have faced during the training as an opportunity to echo the airborne chant; Airborne all the way,’’ he said.
DAC further recognized the participation of female service personnel refuting the widely held notion that parachute training is a venture for the male gender.
“There is no military course for either male or female service personnel. I want to recognize 2nd Lieutenant Jossy Kinya who now becomes the first female Officer in KDF to have completed this training,” Maj Gen Tarus noted.
He assured the Regiment of his support to ensure that the training continues for the attainment of one force one mission in enhancing efficiency and effectiveness in KDF.
Present during the ceremony were Commander Army Special Operations Brigade Brigadier Ahmed Saman, Base Commander LAB Brigadier Mohamud Farah, Chief of Training Headquarters Kenya Army Brigadier Benedict Mzee, Senior Officers, Officers, and Service Members of the Regiment.