Air Officer Commanding Special Operations Command

1.     Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Napoleon Bali was born on 28 November 1963 in Langtang, Langtang North Local Government area of Plateau State. He attended Boys Secondary School, Gindiri from 1977 to 1982 and gained admission into the Nigerian Defence Academy in 1983 as a member of 33 Regular Course. He was commissioned as a Pilot Officer in 1986.  AVM Bali had his Basic Flying Course in 303 Flying Training School (FTS), Kano from 1990 to 1992 and was thereafter trained as an Instructor Pilot (IP) on jet aircraft between 1998 and 1999 in the same Institution. On completion of his IP Course in 1999, Napoleon attended Joint Air Warfare Course (JAWC), Hyderabad, India where he graduated with an ‘Excellent Grade’. The Air Officer also attended his Senior Staff Course at the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC) from 2001 to 2002 and graduated with a C+ grade. He was a participant of Course 19 at the National Defence College (NDC), Abuja from 2010 to 2011 where he also graduated with the prestigious C+ grade. He has a Master Degree (MSc) in Security and Strategic Studies from University of Ibadan in 2013.

2.     AVM Bali is an IP on the L39ZA aircraft and has flown over 3,000hrs. He holds ratings on the Bulldog, Alpha Jet, Falcon 900, Gulfstream V and Gulfstream 550 as well as the Falcon7X aircraft, of which he has Captained. As an experienced IP, he was fundamental in grooming young pilots in 101 Presidential Air Fleet (011 PAF) during his tour of duty in the Unit. Additionally, as an instructor on the L39ZA in 303 FTS, he trained members of Basic Flying Courses 12A, 12B and 13. Presently, most of AVM Bali’s former students are fighter-pilots in Operational Units and also Captains on various aircraft types in the NAF.

3.     Napoleon has held various appointments in his career in the NAF. Some of these appointments include; Emergency Procedure Officer and Commanding Officer of Ground Academics Wing in 303 FTS, Kano between 2000 and 2003. He was Staff Officer 1 Operations and Coordination in the Directorate of Operations, Headquarters Nigerian Air Force from 2003 to 2005. Similarly, he was Planning Officer Air Operations Cell, United Nations Mission in DR Congo (MONUC) from 2005 to 2006. Napoleon was also Wing Chief Operations and Fleet Operations Officer 011 Presidential Air Fleet (011PAF) from February 2013 to May 2015. His tireless contributions to the Fleet earned him the Air Officer of the Year Award in year 2013. AVM Bali became the Commander 011PAF from 30 May – 4 August 2015. Thereafter, he was appointed as Command Operations Officer (COO) Headquarters Tactical Air Command (HQ TAC) Makurdi from August 2015 to February 2016. His great skills in coordinating the operational activities of TAC, particularly in the support of the mission in the North East earned him a “Letter of Commendation” from the Air Officer Commanding, TAC.

4.     AVM Bali served as Senior Air Staff Officer (SASO) of Mobility Command (MC) located in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State from March 2016 to December 2016. He was thereafter, posted to Defence Head Quarters (DHQ) as Director of Production and later Director of Operations from January 2017 to June 2017, also he served as Director of Training Headquarters Nigerian Air Force, Abuja, from June 2017 to February 2018. Napoleon Bali was Director of Operations, Headquarters Nigerian Air Force February to 10 July 2018. Napoleon Bali is the present Air Officer Commanding Headquarters Mobility Command Nigerian Air Force, Bayelsa State.

5.     The Senior Officer is married to Mrs Julcit Bali and they are blessed with 2 children, namely Nanyak and Remikat. His hobbies include reading, listening to music and playing Squash. AVM Bali’s decorations include FSS, MSS, DSS, Psc (GAFCSC), fdc (NDC) and MONUC (UN). Napoleon won the “Best-All-Round” Awards during his Ab-initio and Basic Flying Training at 301 and 303 FTS, respectively. The Senior Officer has contributed immensely in the management of flight operations and attainment of NAF’s objectives which has projected the Service positively.


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