Kenya Makes History with First Female Air Force Commander, Major General Fatuma Gaiti Ahmed

By Duchess Magazine

Kenya’s President William Ruto has appointed Major General Fatuma Gaiti Ahmed as the first female commander of the Air Force, marking a significant milestone in the country’s military history. This appointment comes as part of a series of leadership changes following the tragic helicopter crash that claimed the lives of the previous military chief and others.

Major General Ahmed has a distinguished military career, having joined the military in 1983 and rising through the ranks. She previously made history as the first woman to achieve the ranks of brigadier and major general in the male-dominated military leadership.

In an interview, Major General Ahmed attributed her decision to join the military to her uncle, a military man whose discipline and hard work inspired her from a young age. She started her military journey in the Women Service Corps, a separate entity within the defense forces for women.

Her appointment as the Air Force commander is reemphasises Kenya’s commitment to gender equality and the recognition of women’s capabilities in traditionally male-dominated fields. Major General Ahmed’s leadership is expected to bring a fresh perspective and contribute to the continued growth and modernization of Kenya’s Air Force.

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