On 22 August 2016, the Air Force Chief Staff, Brig Gen Charles Karamba met and briefed at Busanza Air Force barracks the Rwanda Aviation Unit (RAU V) contingent that will soon depart for Juba/South Sudan Republic, to relieve the RAU IV currently deployed under the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). The contingent of 165 officers and other ranks made of pilots, technicians and logisticians led by Lt Col Innocent Munyengango will leave Kigali on 31st August 2016 for a one year term under UNMISS.
“You have had enough preparations, you are trained and now it is time to deploy. I urge you to be dedicated on your mission and execute your duties with professionalism and discipline”, Brig Gen Karamba told the RAU V contingent.
He advised them to be inspired by the work done by their predecessors. “Your predecessors have performed very well during their peacekeeping tour of duty, you have to build on their achievements and do more”, the AFCOS said. He further urged the RAU V to maintain Rwanda Defence Force values and be good ambassadors of Rwanda.
Rwanda Air Force maintains 6 helicopters in UNMISS and has its main Base in Juba and another Base in Malakal, Upper Nile State in South Sudan.
Tasks that are assigned to RAU include transporting UNMISS staff, troops and equipment. The Unit is also assigned to conduct Air reconnaissance and rescue missions in its area of operation.