AFB Makhado under new command

Outgoing commander Brig Genl Chris Delport (right) handed over command of AFB Makhado to Brig Genl Schalk van Heerden (left) last Friday.

AFB Makhado came under new command with the appointment of Brig-Gen Schalk van Heerden as the new officer commanding.

Gen Van Heerden officially took over the reigns at South Africa’s “Fortress of the North” during a change-of-command parade held at the base last Friday. He took over command from outgoing commander Brig-Gen Chris Delport, who was appointed Director of Communication Systems in Pretoria.

The new commander will take control of a base that houses state-of-the-art military training and fighter planes and all the sophisticated equipment that makes them South Africa’s first line of defence.

During Friday’s parade, the base’s 3 Air Servicing Unit also appointed a new commander in the form of Col Moses Njomo. He was appointed by Brig Gen M A Phala, the director of the SAAF’s servicing units. (LiN News / Zoutpansberger)