Paul Dike

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Paul Dike
Chief of Defence Staff
In office
20 August 2008 – 8 September 2010
Preceded by Gen. O.A. Azazi
Succeeded by ACM Oluseyi Petinrin
Chief of Air Staff
In office
30 May 2006 – 20 August 2008
Preceded by Air Marshal Jonah Wuyep
Succeeded by Air Marshal Oluseyi Petinrin
Personal details
Born Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria
Alma mater Nigerian Defence Academy
University of Ibadan
Air command and staff college
Awards Force Service Star
Meritorious Service Star
Distinguished Service Star
Fellow of the War College
Commander of the Federal Republic
Military service
Allegiance  Nigeria
Service/branch NAF LOGO.jpg Nigerian Air Force
Years of service 1975 - 2010
Rank Air Chief Marshal
Commands Chief of Air Staff, Federal Republic of Nigeria
Chief of Defence Staff, Federal Republic of Nigeria
Commander, ECOMOG Air Detachment, Freetown, Sierra Leone
Commander, National Air Defence Corps
Commander, the Nigerian Presidential Air Fleet, PAF
Air Officer Commanding (AOC), Training Command, Kaduna
Air Officer Commanding (AOC), Makurdi, Benue State

Air Chief Marshal Paul Dike was the Nigerian Air Force's Chief of the Air Staff from 2006 to 2008. In August 2008, he was appointed Chief of the Defence Staff. Prior to his appointment as Chief of the Air Staff, Dike was Air Officer Commanding Tactical Air Command. Appointed Commander of the Presidential Air Fleet in 1997 by military dictator General Sani Abacha, he was appointed Chief of Air Staff by General Olusegun Obasanjo's civilian government in 2006

Promotions[edit]

  • Officer Cadet, Nigerian Defence Academy, 22 January 1973.
  • Commissioned Pilot Officer, Nigerian Air Force, 21 June 1975.
  • Flying Officer, 22 January 1977
  • Flight Lieutenant, 22 January 1981
  • Squadron Leader, 22 July 1985
  • Wing Commander, 22 January 1991
  • Group Captain, 22 January 1996
  • Air Commodore, 22 January 2001
  • Air Vice Marshal, 22 January 2004
  • Air Marshal, 30 May 2006, made CAS the same day.[1]

Appointments and positions held[edit]

ACM Paul Dike held the following office prior to becoming Chief of Defence Staffs

  • Staff Officer I, Operations Headquarters, Tactical Air Command
  • Instructor Pilot, Operational Conversion Unit, MiG-21 fighter jets
  • Chief Flying Instructor, 303 Flying Training School, FTS.
  • Commander, ECOMOG Air Detachment, Freetown, Sierra Leone
  • Directing Staff, Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji, Kaduna.
  • Commander, National Air Defence Corps.
  • Deputy Director, Plans, Nigerian Air Force Headquarters.
  • Director of Operations, Nigerian Air Force Headquarters.
  • Commander, Nigerian Air Force Station, Yola, Adamawa State.
  • Airport Commandant, Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.
  • Appointed Commander, the Nigerian Presidential Air Fleet, PAF by the late General Sani Abacha
  • Air Officer Commanding (AOC), Training Command, Kaduna.
  • Air Officer Commanding (AOC), Makurdi, Benue State.
  • Appointed the 15th Chief of Air Staff (CAS) on 1 June 2006 by former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
  • Appointed the Chief of Defence Staff, Defence Headquarters, Abuja on 20 August 2008 by President Umaru Musa Yar’adua. On 8 September 2010, thereby becoming the First Nigerian Airforce officer to attain the Rank of Air Chief Marshal

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Meet the New CDS Air Chief Marshal Paul Dike". howng.com. Retrieved 8 January 2017. 
Military offices
Preceded by
J D Wuyep
Chief of the Air Staff
2006 – 2008
Succeeded by
O Petinrin
Preceded by
O A Azazi
Chief of the Defence Staff
2008 – 2010
Succeeded by
O Petinrin