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Kenya Appoints First Woman Air Force Head

Kenya’s President William Ruto has appointed the first female commander of the air force. Maj Gen Fatuma Gaiti Ahmed becomes the first woman in Kenya’s history to head one of the military services.

She was appointed alongside other leaders including a new head of the armed forces, following the death of the military chief and others in a helicopter crash last month.

Gen Charles Kahariri was promoted to take the vacant position. Maj Gen Ahmed has previously held other firsts in the military leadership that is dominated by men – she was the first woman to rise to the rank of brigadier and major general, reports the BBC.

She joined the military in 1983, serving under the Women Service Corps, a woman-only outfit that operated as a separate entity from the other arms of the defence forces. They were an auxiliary service offering support duties such as administrative work, logistics, medical and communication.

The unit was disbanded in 1999 and it was only then that its members were allowed to join the main military services – the navy, air force and army.

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