Air force base under new command

2017-06-07 06:00

The Air Force Base Bloemspruit conducted a dual change of command parade on Friday (02/06), during which the previous officer commanding, Col. Oscar Mkhize, handed over the command of the Air Force Base Bloemspruit to Col. Padi Khoase.

At the same event, the officer ­commanding of the Flying School within the base (87 Helicopter Flying School), Lt.Col. Robbie Buys, handed over the baton to Lt.Col. Clarita Freylinck.

In addition, the parade itself was one of the biggest milestones in the history of the base and the South African Air Force (SAAF), as Freylinck is the first woman to take command of the flying school (the only helicopter flying school in the South African Air Force).

Khoase was confirmed in the SAAF in February 1997 and was commissioned immediately after integrating into the South African National Defence Force. He did his integration, as well as officer orientation course, at the Air Force Gym.

From 1998 onwards, he did the electronic warfare (EW) operators course. Within EW he held various posts.

He did his junior staff course and senior air power course at the SAAF.

During his tour of duty, Khoase held several appointments, including instructor in C47-TP (EW), instructor in Oryx Communication and Radar Jammer, as well as the manager of the EW Centre.

In February 2016 he was appointed as temporary base commander at the Air Force Base Bloemspruit and was officially appointed officer commanding on Friday.

He is married to Jennifer Mamorongwa Khoase and they have three children.

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