Kenya Air Force personnel led by Base Commander LAB Brig John Omenda and officials from the aviation fraternity in a group photo during the flag handover.
The Kenya Air Force (KAF) supported the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in hoisting the ICAO flag at point Lenana, Mt Kenya. The event was part of many activities coordinated by Capt Mercy Mutua, the President and founder of Young Aviators Club of Africa (YACA) to commemorate ICAO 75th Anniversary.
The International Civil Aviation Organization is a specialized agency of the United Nations. It codifies the principles and techniques of international air navigation and fosters the planning and development of international air transport to ensure safe and orderly growth.
The event kicked off on 21st August 2019 at Laikipia Air Base (LAB) where a delegation from the aviation fraternity led by ICAO East and South Regional Director, Mr. Barry Kashambo joined KAF personnel in a tree planting and flag handover session. During the flag handover ceremony, LAB Commander Brigadier John Omenda wished the team – composed of 10 KAF personnel – well as they embarked on the journey to Lenana peak, Mt Kenya. Brig Omenda emphasized the need for a mutual relationship between the military and civil aviation. “The Kenya Air Force is delighted to work in collaboration with civil aviation stakeholders”, he said.
Mr. Barry Kashambo underscored the importance of mutual cooperation between the military and civilian aviation players. His sentiments were echoed by Capt Mercy Mutua who added that Kenya was the only country to conduct a joint military and civilian aviation event to mark ICAO 75th anniversary. “This will go a long way in bolstering the military-civil aviation cooperation”, she added.
The flag handover event was attended by KAF Senior Officers, Officers and service members and Officials from ICAO, KCAA and YACA.
After the flag handover the KAF team led by Lieutenant Macmillan Msungu embarked on the expedition to hoist the ICAO flag at peak Lenana which is 4985 m above sea level. The assignment took the KAF team 6 days and involved acclimatization at Kenya School of Adventure and Leadership (KESAL) on the slopes of Mt Kenya, hiking to Point Lenana and descending back to LAB.
KAF Team at Peak Lenana after hoisting ICAO flag to commemorate ICAO 75th anniversary.
Ms. Moreen Isika a Kenya Civil Aviation Authority Air Traffic Controller assist Lt Col Humphrey Lang’at to water a seedling.
Base Commander LAB Brig John Omenda, Col Stephen Sane, Mr. Barry Kashambo, Director East & South Africa Region ICAO and Capt. Mercy Makau President YACA interact during the tree planting session at Laikipia Air Base.