NAF
Air Officer Commanding Mobility Command
 

CITATION – SENIOR OFFICER

AVM UP UZEZI DSS psc(i) ndc MA MSDS FIIPS

1.         Air Vice Marshal Ubrufi Peter Uzezi was born on the 11th day of January 1965 in Warri, Delta State. He hails from Aviara in Isoko South Local Government Area of Delta State. He had his primary school education in Agbasa Primary School, Warri and his secondary school education in Saint  Peters Clavers College, Aghalokpe. Shortly after obtaining his Advance Level Certificate, the senior officer gained an admission into the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna  as  a member of 36TH Regular Course. He was commissioned into the Nigerian Air Force as a Pilot Officer on 23RD September 1989.  

 

2.         Thereafter, AVM Uzezi proceeded to the 401 Flying Training School Kaduna, for his ab-initio Pilot Training, where he emerged as the best Student Pilot in academics as well as in flying. He later attended his basic flying course at 403 Flying Training School, Kano, where he graduated in 2001 with a distinction and as the best overall student. It is gratifying to note that his exceptional flying performance qualified him to attend the advanced flying course at the 407 Air Combat Training Group, Kainji in 2002. There, he qualified as a fighter pilot.

3.         In the year, 2006, he was among the very few outstanding pilots selected to attend the Instructor Pilot training course in 401 Flying Training School, Kaduna, an institution where he was certified as a Qualified Flying Instructor. While discharging his instructor pilot duties, the senior officer attended the United Nations Military Observation Course in Russia, Flight Safety/Aircraft Accident Investigator Course in India and Disaster Management Course in the United Kingdom.  

 

4.         In the course of his chosen career in the NAF, AVM Uzezi attended both military and professional courses at home and abroad. These include:

a.   Junior Command and Staff Course at the prestigious Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji in the Year, 2000.

b.   Advanced Command and Staff Course at the Joint Services Command and Staff College, United Kingdom, from 2003 to 2009, where he was awarded the Pass Staff Course, Joint.

c.    National Defence College Bangladesh in 2014.                     

d.   Bachelors of Science in Degrees in Physics from the NDA.

e.  Masters of Arts in Defence Studies from Kings College London.

                      

f.    Masters in Strategy and Development Studies from the Bangladesh University of Professionals. 

5.         Futhermore, the senior officer has held several appointments in the NAF and armed forces as a whole. These appointments are:

a.   Military Assistant to the Chief of the Air Staff in    2008.

b.   Military Assistant to the Chief of Defence Staff from September 2008 to October 2010.

c.    Defence Attache, Embassy of Nigeria in Paris from January 2011 to October 2013.

d.   He was Deputy Director of Manuals at the HQs NAF.                      

e.   Commander 407 Air Combat Training Group Kainji.

f.    Commander 103 Strike Group Yola.

g.   Air Component Commander – Operation LAFIA DOLE- the ongoing operation against insurgency in the North East. It is however pertinent to point out that the senior officer did not only commanded the Air Operation, but he also flew many combat missions against the Boko Haram Terrorists.

h.   Since leaving the operation theatre, the senior officer has served at the HQs NAF as: Deputy Director of Operations, Deputy Director of Training, Director Civil Military Relations, Director Earth Observation at the DSA.

i.    He was also the Director of Policy, an appointment he held before his current appointment as the Air Officer Commanding Mobility Command NAF.

6.         AVM Uzezi has to his credit the following decorations and medals:

a.   Forces Services Star.

b.   Meritorious Service Star.

c.    Distinguished Service Star.          

d.   River Benue Star.

 

7.         The very senior officer is happily married and the marriage is blessed with 3 children, 2 sons and a daughter. At his leisure time, he enjoys watching sports, playing golf and reading.

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