BANGLADESH AIR FORCE IN NATION BUILDING ACTIVITIES
Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) has significant roles in relief operation and disaster management at national and international levels besides its primary duties. Bangladesh Air Force rendered its ceaseless service to the destitute after the tidal surge in 1991, devastating floods in 1998 and in 2004. BAF carried out relief operations to the earthquake-affected people of Gujrat, India in 1999.
In 2005, a severe tidal wave (caused by shifting of tectonic plates of earth surface) devastated the coastal belt of South, South-East Asian countries. Right after the disaster, Bangladesh Air Force participated in the relief operation in the ravaged region. A team of 28 members of Bangladesh Air Force with two C-130 transport aircraft and two Bell-212 helicopters carried out the mission named ‘Operation SAARC Bandhan’ in Sri Lanka & the Maldives. They projected a high level of expertise and professionalism by transporting relief materials and carrying out VIPs to the affected areas. Besides, the team was also involved in search & rescue operations in the region despite infrastructural limitations and non-availability of operational facilities in the affected countries. This mission has strengthened the ties among the SAARC countries. Various international media have extolled the role Bangladesh Air Force.
The members of Bangladesh Air Force have a glorious role in assisting different national elections of Bangladesh. People of all walks of life applauded the performance of the personnel of Bangladesh Air Force in the Parliamentary Elections.
Medical teams of Bangladesh Air Force always extend cooperation and helping hand to the people affected by different natural calamities like flood, cyclone, tidal serge etc.
Traffic Jam in Dhaka city is a severe problem for the city dwellers. The members of Bangladesh Air Force, along side the traffic police, participate in easing the problem in the busy thoroughfares of the capital.
Bangladesh Air Force Women’s Welfare Association was established in 1977 to improve the social, cultural, educational and other welfare oriented aspects of its family members. This welfare body generates employment opportunity for the family members through various vocational courses like cutting, knitting, embroidery, confectionery, cooking etc. As a result, the members of Bangladesh Air Force are not only financially benefited; they are also contributing significantly to eradicate the national unemployment problem. Besides, this welfare body extends its helping hand to the destitute during the time of need.
Bangladesh Government is always determined for expanding quantitative and qualitative aspects of education at national level. Bangladesh Air Force is also putting its best as a concurrent agent for implementing the decision of the government. The BAF Shaheen schools and colleges are providing quality education to the students in order to make them competent persons so that they can shoulder greater responsibility in future. The quality education is not only confined to the book-based curriculum, but also includes co-curricular activities so as to unveil the latent potentials of the blooming learners. Students of BAF Shaheen schools and colleges are not only achieving academic feat in different public examinations, they are also projecting their intellect and expertise in extra-curricular activities by participating in different national competitions on quiz, debate etc. Bangladesh Air Force has also given utmost consideration for education right at the toddlers’ level by establishing Golden Eagle Nursery in almost all its Bases. Even to comply with the demand of the time, Bangladesh Air Force has its English medium school named BAF SEMS located in Dhaka. The schools and colleges of Bangladesh Air Force are among those few reputed educational institutions in the country that are always showing very high standard in different public examinations. The result of the SSC Examination 2004 of BAF Shaheen schools and colleges is worth mentioning. The success rate of BAF Shaheen schools and colleges in the public examination was almost cent percent.