Air Vice Mashall Micheal Samson-Oje Chief of Air Staff (Right), handing over to Air Commodore Maxwell Mantsebi-Tei Nagai
Air Commodore Maxwell Mantsebi-Tei Nagai last week formally took over the command of the Ghana Air Force following his elevation by President John Mahama.
He took over from Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Michael Samson-Oje who has been appointed the Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS). The handing-over ceremony took place at the Air Force headquarters, Burma Camp, Accra last Friday.
The brief but colourful ceremony was witnessed by top brass military officers and members of the Air Force Wives Association.
Air Commodore Maxwell Mantsebi-Tei Nagai has to his credit more than 5400 hours in Helicopter piloting and has handled different models of helicopters in the fleet of the Ghana Air Force.
Prior to his new appointment as Chief of Air Force Staff, he was the base Commander, Air Force Base Accra, having earlier served in a similar capacity in Takoradi.
Air Commodore Mantse-bi Nagai has also held a number of top military management positions including Officer Commanding the flying wing of the Air Force and Director, Air Force Training among others.
In International Peace Keeping Operations, he served as Commander of the Ghana Aviation Unit of UN Peace Keeping Mission in Ivory Coast.
While congratulating the incoming Chief of Air Staff, the outgoing Chief of Air Force Staff AVM Samson-Oje called for diligent maintenance of aircrafts and equipment and other logistics so that the nation can derive maximum returns on the investments made.
Stressing on the need for team work and direction among all ranks of the Air force, he said “as we push for improvement in all spheres of our endeavour, there shall be challenges along the way and the way you tackle and manage these challenges will determine the pace of development of the service”.
The incoming Chief of Air Force Staff, Air Commodore Maxwell Mantsebi-Tei Nagai congratulated his predecessor for his yeoman’s work which has raised the service to an appreciable level.
While acknowledging the enormity of the task ahead, he assured that he will follow in his footsteps to secure further gains.
By Solomon Ofori