Kenya Defence Forces troops majorly drawn from the Army Special Operations Brigade (ASOB) which are based at Kenyatta Barracks in Gilgil, Nakuru County on 05 August 2022 marked the Airborne Day celebrations.
The event attended by serving, retired airborne personnel and their families was marked with pomp and colour and it began with a colourful parade and thereafter laying of wreaths at the Brigade’s monument in honour of soldiers who paid the ultimate price in defence of the country’s territorial integrity and sovereignty. Soldiers from the 20 Parachute Battalion also showcased the Unit’s Regimental Colour as the attendees were later taken through the ASOB’s rich history.
Speaking during the celebrations, Commandant Defence Headquarters Brigadier Seif Rashid who represented Commandant Kenya Military Academy Major General John Nkoimo he commended the ASOB troops for their professionalism and commitment in undertaking all assignments they are tasked.
‘‘As we celebrate this special day for the special breed of men and women from the Airborne fraternity, I want to recognise your fearless acts during operations. Your conduct during operations has been exemplary,’’ said Brigadier Rashid.
Brigadier Rashid also commended the families of the Airborne fraternity for supporting them in their honourable task of defending the territorial integrity and sovereignty Republic of Kenya that requires them to be away from their families for long periods.
ASOB Deputy Brigade Commander Colonel Francis Cheret reiterated that the commemorations are important for the Brigade as they offer an opportunity for the serving service personnel to interact with the Airborne veterans who in turn share their experiences during their tours of duty.
This year’s commemorations are a culmination of various activities that have been undertaken by the Brigade including visits to the widowed families, visits to the sick and injured Airborne soldiers and payment of schools to the orphans.
Airborne Day is observed annually on 05 August to honour Airborne soldiers who lost their lives in North Horr during jumps on 05 August 1979. Over the years, the day has also been used to honour Airborne soldiers who have lost their lives in various operational engagements.