NAF appoints 3 new AOCs, 6 Air Officers, others
Monday, October 25, 2010
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has released the postings and appointment of its 75 top senior officers. They include 12 Air Vice Marshals (Army’s equivalent of Major Generals), 36 Air Commodores (equivalent of Brigadier Generals) and 27 Group Captains (equivalent of Colonels).
This is the first deployment of senior officers since Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Mohammed Dikko Umar assumed office on September 13, 2010. And it involved all the Air Officers Commanding (AOCs) of the three Commands of the Air Force – Tactical Air Command (TAC) located in Makurdi, Benue State; Training Command (TC) located in Kaduna and the Logistics Command LC) based in Lagos.
The redeployment also affected all the principals officers of NAF headquarters (Air Officers In-Charge), two commands of two tri-service institutions – Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC) and the Nigerian Armed Forces Resettlement Centre (NAFRC) Oshodi and the Managing Directors of two NAF companies – NAF Foundation and the Aeronautical Engineering Technical Service Limited.
According to the Director of Public Relations and Information of NAF, Air Commodore Yusuf Anas, “the posting and appointments, which are with immediate effect, is part of the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Mohammed Dikko Umar’s efforts at repositioning the Nigerian Air Force for greater operational efficiency.”
Details of the redeployments show that Air Vice Marshal Gbolahan Abdul Fatai Adekunle, formerly the Principal General Staff Officer to the Chief of Defence Staff become the new Air Officer Operations AOO) at Headquarters, NAF. He replaces the former AOO, AVM Anene Okafor who has proceeded on retirement. AVM AS Badeh moves from Defence Headquarters to NAF Headquarters as the Air Officer Policy and Plan. AVM Ibrahim Kure moves from the position of Air Secretary to Air Officer Administration while AVM I Salihu is the new Air Officer Inspection. Air Commodore JC Ifemeje is the new Air Secretary.
For the commands, AVM Gabriel Odesola is the AOC, TAC; AVM EJ Aprekuma is the new AOC TC while AVM HA Na-Shehu is the AOC LC. Additionally, AVM AT Muazu moves from HQ NAF to AFCSC Jaji as Commandant while AVM CE Aroriode in the new Commandant for NAFRC, Oshodi. At the same time, AVM WA Oguejiofor takes charge as Managing Director of NAF Foundation.
Air Commodore A Mamu takes over as the Managing Director of the Aeronautical Engineering and Technical Services Ltd while Air Commodore Akin A Ogunnaike becomes the Director of Policy. Other Air Commodores appointed new Directors at the HQ NAF include HR Mohammed (Air Engineering), A Masaika (Medical Services), OA Morgan (Evaluation) and OA Idowu (Safety).
Other directors at the HQ NAF in the rank of Group Captains include G Truman (Air Intelligence), SA Yushau (Finance and Accounting), SS Adamu (Works), SJ Wuchangha (Administration) and A Shehu-Othman (Legal Services.
The newly appointed Commanders include Air Commodores OT Oguntoyinbo (99 Air Combat Tactical Group), UJ Atiku (81 Air Maritime Group) M Magaji (88 Military Airlift), SO Abosede (301 Flying School), IM Puwa (204 Wing), JM Gbum (Strike Group), FM Makinde (333 Logistics Group) and AJ Bolajoko (45 Nigerian Air Force Hospital).
Other appointments involving Group Captains include HK Tukur (NAF Detachment), OC Oguejiofor (104 Personell Management Group) and OA Ogunjobi (NAF Detachment Calabar.
source: nigeria defence