358 air force men to join UN Congo mission
08 November 2015, Nirapad News: Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) is going to deploy a contingent comprising 358 BAF members soon at the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in Congo.
A total of 358 BAF members of three contingents (Utility Aviation Unit, Airfield Services Unit, Air Transport Unit) along one C-130 transport plane, three MI-17 helicopters and several ground support equipments remained included in the mission.
A program was arranged on Sunday at BAF Base Bashar (Dhaka Cantonment) where Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal Abu Esrar briefed the contingent members.
He asked contingent members not to post any negative comment on social media like Facebook during the mission.
Urging all to show professionalism in their deputies, Abu Esrar said, ‘Earlier, some of UN peace mission members posted negative comments on social media. You must refrain from doing so. Firstly you problem would be shared with commander.’
Bangladeshi members in peacekeeping missions have achieved confidence and respect of governments of different countries and public by discharging their duties with professionalism and sincerity, he added.
The air force chief also said Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) had sent its first contingent to Bosnia in 1993. Then, 4,909 BAF members have worked and still working in different countries, including Kuwait, East Timor, Ivory Coast, Congo, Mali, Chad, Sudan and Haiti.
Air Force Headquarters principal staff officer, air officer (Dhaka) and others Senior Air Force officials were present at the program.