Air Vice Marshal NK KUMZHI GSS psc(++) fdc PGD BSc MSc MNIM



  1. Air Vice Marshal Nanjul Kenneth Kumzhi DSS fdc psc(++) BSc PGD MSc MNIM was born to the family of Late Mr Stephen Jingfa and Madam Martha Turkat Kumzhi on 6 Aug 1969 in Gindiri. Plataeu State. He attended Central Primary School Langtang and later attended Saint Joseph’s College Vom from 1982 to 1987. That same year he gained admission into School of Basic Studies ABU Zaria with intention of studying Pharmacy. However, he secured admission to the prestigious Nigerian Defence Acaqdemy in 1988 as a member of 40 Regular Course. In 1993, he graduated with a Barchelor of Science degree in mathematics and was commissioned to the rank of Pilot Officer. He bagged a post graduate Diploma in Financial Management AVM Kumzhi proceeded to the then Technical Training Group in 1994 to study aircraft engineering where he majored in engine and airframe. In Jun 1997, he was nominated for primary flying course at the then 301 Flying School Kaduna as a member of SP 31. He graduated from flying as a member of the first Basic Transport Flying Course (BFTC1) and was winged as a transport pilot in 2004. He has flown few aircraft which include the Air Beetle (Short and Extended versions), the Dornier 228 and the ATR-42 and has more than a thousand flying hours.


  1. Courses attended both military and civil courses are:
  • Junior staff course at Armed Forces Command.
  • Staff College Jaji in 2001.
  • Senior course at Armed Forces Command.
  • Staff College Jaji 2006.


  1. In the course of the Air Offr’s career, he has held various appointments which include;
  • United Nations Mission in Serra Leone in 2005. Between 2010 to 2013.
  • Armed Forces Command and Staff College Jaji and Ghana Armed Forces and Command College Teshei Accra as a directing staff.
  • Administrative Officer, 81 Flying Wing, 81AMG Benin,
  • Commanding Officer, Base Services Wing 81 AMG Benin
  • Staff Officer 1 Operations and later Military Assistant to the Air Officer Operations HQNAF.
  • Directing Staff at both AFCSC Jaji and GAFCSC Teshei Accra.
  • Commanding Officer Academic Wing, 301 Flying Training School Kaduna
  • Deputy Director Peace Keeping Operations HQ NAF.
  • Deputy Director Combat Support HQ NAF.
  • Director Department of Air Warfare, AFCSC Jaji.
  • Command Operations Officer, Special Operations Command, Bauchi
  • Command Operations Officer/ Command Evaluation Officer, Tactical Air Command, Makurdi
  • Air Component Commander Operation Whirl Stroke also doubles as the Command Evaluation Officer, Tactical Air Command, Makurdi.
  • Chief of Staff Tactical Air Command Makurdi.
  • Currently Air Officer Commanding, Air Training Command


  1. AVM Kumzhi has the following
  • Forces Service Star (FSS)
  • Meritorious Service Star (MSS)
  • Distinguished Service Star (DSS)
  • Passed Staff College double dagger(psc++) Nigeria and Ghana.
  • Fellow Defence College(fdc)
  • Member Nigeria Institute of Management (MNIM)
  1. The senior officer is married to Mrs Chalya Kumzhi and are blessed with four sons, Ponsar, Domjul, Rohi and Michael. His hobbies include playing golf, badminton, squash racket, watching documentaries and listening to the word of God.