His Excellency H.E (Dr.)William Samoei Ruto, President of the Republic Kenya and Commander In Chief of the Defence Forces has today, Saturday 8th June 2024 presided over the KAF@60 Celebration at Moi Air Base Stadium in, Eastleigh, Nairobi County.

Speaking during the event, the president lauded the men and women of the Kenya Air Force for their continuous dedication to service. He reminded them of the continuous responsibility that rested on their shoulders to keep the nation’s airspace safe from external aggression.

“Today, we pay tribute to the heroes of the Kenya Air Force—those who have soared above the clouds, facing immense challenges with courage and professionalism,” He added.

To build the capacity of the aviation capabilities in the country the Commander in Chief committed to training 200 pilots annually, from 2025, drawn from the national security agencies, national aviation sector and the region.

Additionally, the president addressed flight safety concerns with regards to the location of the Eastleigh Base and the Vertical structures in its surroundings.
Acknowledging the security and safety risk they may pose to the Base. He committed to working together with the County of Nairobi to ensure flight safety regulations are observed.

“All buildings that have been built beyond the heights that are provided for in law, we will work with Nairobi City County to make sure that all the developers keep to the standards that we have agreed with the Kenya Air Force and the Kenya Defense Forces,” he added.

Chief of Defence Forces General Charles Kahari described the commemoration as not just a six decade anniversary but a testament with of the resilience, dedication and commitment that the men and the women that Kenya Air Force show with each passing day.

“The Kenya Air Force has continually demonstrated excellence in its core mandates: defending our nation, providing critical humanitarian assistance during emergencies, and supporting national development initiatives,” He added.

Also speaking during the event was Kenya Air Force Commander, Major General Fatuma Ahmed, who pinpointed the distinguished tasks of Kenya Air Force.

“The Kenya Air Force has distinguished itself as a beacon of hope and compassion in times of crisis and adversity. From conducting humanitarian missions to delivering relief aid to communities in need, the Air Force has exemplified the spirit of selflessness and solidarity that defines our national character. Whether evacuating stranded citizens from foreign lands or providing critical medical assistance to remote regions of our nation, the KAF has consistently answered the call of duty with humility and grace,” She stated.

Entertainment during the KAF@60 ceremony included demonstrations on insertion of para role medics, administration of medical care and casualty evacuation. Inaddition to diverse music and play performances showcasing great talent, by the religious choirs, highschools, primary and nursery schools domiciled at Moi Air Base.

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