Fatuma Gaiti Ahmed: Kenya's first female Air Force Chief

May 3, 2024

Major General Fatuma Gaiti Ahmed was named the new head of Kenya's Air Force.

Not only is it the first time Kenya's air force will be led by a woman, but it is also the first time that a woman will head any of the three services of the armed forces – navy, army and air force.

She replaces John Mugaravai Omenda who was promoted to Vice Chief of the Defence Forces and the rank of lieutenant general.

Her appointment as air force chief is being hailed as a big win for Kenyan women, according to Kenyan newspaper The Star.

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