Air Chief Marshal Paul Dike hails from Issele-Uku in Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta State. He joined the Nigerian Defence Academy on 22 January 1973 as an officer cadet. He was granted a Regular Combatant commission into the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) as Pilot Officer on 21 June, 1975. He was the Nigerian Air Force's Chief of the Air Staff from 2006 to 2008. In August 2008, he was appointed the Chief of the Defence Staff. Prior to his appointment as Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Dike was Air Officer Commanding Tactical Air Command. He was appointed the Commander of the Presidential Air Fleet in 1997 and became the Chief of the Air Staff in 2006.