…By Joseph Benjamin for TDPel Media.
Air Vice Marshal Hassan Bala Abubakar has been appointed as the new Chief of Air Staff by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
The announcement was made by the Director of Information in the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Wille Bassey.
Abubakar succeeds Air Vice Marshal Isiaka Oladayo Amao, who was appointed by the previous President, Muhammadu Buhari, in 2021.
Profile of Air Vice Marshal Hassan Bala Abubakar:
Air Vice Marshal Hassan Bala Abubakar, born on September 11, 1970, is from Shanono Local Government Area of Kano State.
He joined the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) as a member of NDA Regular Course 39 and became a commissioned Pilot Officer on September 19, 1992.
Educational Background and Qualifications:
Abubakar holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the Nigerian Defence Academy in Kaduna.
He has also completed various training courses and obtained qualifications, including Abinitio and Basic Flying Training at the 301 Flying Training School in Kaduna, Basic and Advance Airborne Courses at the Nigerian Army Infantry Center and School in Jaji, and Company Amphibious Operations Course at the Nigerian Army Infantry Center and School in Calabar.
Additionally, he completed Junior and Senior Command and Staff Courses at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College in Jaji and the National Defence Course at the Nasser Higher Military Academy in Cairo, Egypt.
He holds a Master’s Degree in International Affairs and Diplomacy from ABU Zaria.
Throughout his career, Abubakar has held various positions, including Admin Officer at 16 Engineering Wing, 1 Engineering Group NAF Makurdi, Officer Commanding Admin Services Flight/Group Public Relations Officer at 97 Special Operations Group NAF Port Harcourt, Officer Commanding Yellow Squadron at Air Force Military School Jos, Admin Officer at Primary Flying Training Wing – 301 FTS NAF Kaduna, SO1 Admin at 301 FTS NAF Kaduna, Officer Commanding ‘B’ Squadron (Do 228) at 81 Air Maritime Group NAF Benin, Team Leader MILOB Team Site 615 Mahagi (Ituri Brigade) MONUC, Aviation Planning Officer at MONUC Air Operations Kinshasa, DRC, Commanding Officer Base Services Wing at 81 Air Maritime Group Nigerian Air Force Benin, Operations Officer at Operational Conversion Unit 88 Military Airlift Group Nigerian Air Force Lagos, Operations Officer at 88 Military Airlift Group Ikeja Lagos, Commanding Officer at 21 Wing 88 Military Airlift Group Lagos, Group Safety Officer at 88 Military Airlift Group Ikeja Lagos, Fleet Operation Officer at 011 Presidential Air Fleet, Commander at 011 Presidential Air Fleet, Chief of Staff at Mobility Command, Director of Policy at HQ NAF, Director of Operations at HQ NAF, Air Officer Commanding Logistics Command, and Chief of Standards and Operations at HQ NAF.
Awards and Decorations:
Air Vice Marshal Abubakar has been honored with the Distinguished Service Star.
He has also completed the Passed Staff Course (psc) and is a Fellow of the Defence College.
Furthermore, he holds a Master’s Degree in International Affairs and is a member of the National Institute of Management, the Chartered Institute of Public Management, and the Nigerian Institute of Safety Professionals.
Marital Status and Hobbies:
Air Vice Marshal Hassan Bala Abubakar is happily married and has children.
During his leisure time, he enjoys flying airplanes, reading, reflecting, and keeping fit.