By Peter Chivhima
HUMAN Capital development has been described as key towards maintaining a competent Zimbabwe Defence Forces.
This was revealed by Air Force of Zimbabwe (AFZ) Chief of Staff Supporting Services, Air Vice Marshal Jacob John Nzvede at an Airforce of Zimbabwe graduation ceremony in Harare this Friday.
As the Airforce of Zimbabwe continues to spread its wings in moulding a professional and formidable force, 57 non-commissioned officers drawn from various AFZ directorates, graduated at Manyame Air Base in Harare this Friday.
The graduation ceremony of Management Course Number 63 and Basic Training Supply Course Number 23 was an opportunity for Air Force of Zimbabwe Chief of Staff Supporting Services Air Vice Marshal Jacob John Nzvede to stress the importance of training in the Zimbabwe Defence forces.
“The Airforce of Zimbabwe is premised on a resource base that is capable of effectively identifying and preparing appropriate individuals with specialised skill sets. The acquisition of knowledge and skills required to realise stated organisational goals is a process which organisations such as AFZ should continue to revere. The training trajectory that the AFZ has taken thus far, coheres aptly with the new strategy that the Zimbabwe Defence forces has embarked on since the dawn of the Second Republic. I therefore challenge the commandant and his team to continue interpreting and inculcate our vision and role in the new Zimbabwe,” he said.
Air Vice Marshal Nzvede also implored the graduands to maintain high standards of discipline.
“You must understand the Commander’s vision, organisation priorities quite clearly, interpreting and implementing instructions from your superiors and in setting tasks for your subordinates. You should adhere to setting of standards and the set time set or help set sound standards,” he added.
On behalf of the graduands, Sergeant Phumulani Ngwenya pledged to use the knowledge gained for the development of the nation.
“We are going to use the knowledge we have gained for the best of the organisation and the entire nation. Be assured that your efforts will be put into good use,” noted Sergeant Ngwenya.
The graduation ceremony was attended by senior AFZ commissioned and non-commissioned officers.
17 of the 57 graduands were women drawn from AFZ bases across the country.