Africa-Press – Angola. The Deputy Commander of the National Air Force (FAN) for Patriotic Education, Lieutenant General Baltazar Pimenta, said Saturday, that this branch of the Angolan Armed Forces (FAA) gained more staff and improved technique and the level of knowledge to work with resilience and determination to guarantee the inviolability of the national airspace.
The general officer presided over the central act of the 47th anniversary of the creation of the FAN, which took place in Saurimo, Lunda Sul province, under the motto “National Air Force 47 years, maintaining the sovereignty of the airspace”.
He stressed that despite the difficulties that the branch has experienced over time, there has been growth in terms of staff, technique and knowledge.
He recalled that after 47 years of existence, the institution’s vision and focus are turned to the formation of the new man and transmission of combative legacies to the new generations, which have the obligation to absorb all the accumulated experience and maturity.
For Baltazar Pimenta, it is necessary to believe in the strength of youth, in its innovative will and in the spirit of initiative, to imprint the motricity that every modern organization needs.
He added that alongside the challenge of creating and transmitting legacies, high levels of discipline and organization should be maintained, to ensure the preservation of the technique recently acquired within the framework of the ongoing restructuring and rebuilding programme.
He added that in terms of strengthening, the FAN is following good paths, as evidenced by the new talents that have left the Troops Instruction Center, located in the city of Saurimo.
The act was witnessed by the vice-governor for the political and social area, Mendes Gaspar, by the archbishop of the archdiocese of Saurimo, Dom Manuel Imbamba, and by senior officers of this branch of the FAA.
The Air Force was founded on January 21, 1976, by the first President of Angola, António Agostinho Neto.