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01ABUJA3082
2001-12-06 09:57:00
CONFIDENTIAL
Embassy Abuja
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NIGERIA: NEW DEFENSE ADVISOR APPOINTED

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						C O N F I D E N T I A L ABUJA 003082 

SIPDIS


DEPARTMENT ALSO FOR AF/RA:BITTRICK


E.O. 12958: DECL: 12/06/2011
TAGS: PREL MARR NI OFPD
SUBJECT: NIGERIA: NEW DEFENSE ADVISOR APPOINTED

CLASSIFIED BY AMBASSADOR HOWARD F. JETER; REASONS 1.5 (b) and
(d).


C O N F I D E N T I A L ABUJA 003082

SIPDIS


DEPARTMENT ALSO FOR AF/RA:BITTRICK


E.O. 12958: DECL: 12/06/2011
TAGS: PREL MARR NI OFPD
SUBJECT: NIGERIA: NEW DEFENSE ADVISOR APPOINTED

CLASSIFIED BY AMBASSADOR HOWARD F. JETER; REASONS 1.5 (b) and
(d).



1. (U) This is an action request. See para 3.



2. (SBU) Mission received Note S1540/2001 from the Ministry
of Foreign Affairs, dated November 12. The text of the note
is below. Please advise.





The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of
Nigeria presents its compliments to the Embassy of the United
States and has the honor to inform the latter of the
appointment and posting of Group Captain A. R. Okanlawon as
Nigeria,s Defense Advisor to the United States with effect
from 1st January 2002.


The esteemed Embassy is therefore requested to seek agreement
of its home government's relevant authorities for the
appointment. The Curriculum Vitae of Group Captain Okanlawon
is attached herewith for your perusal.





Name: Adebiyi Rakas Okanlawon, NDU MSS FSS psc ( )
Sex: Male
DOB: 7 December, 1955
POB: Lagos
Local Government Area: Abeokuta North
State of Origin: Ogun State
Religion: Islam
Marital Status: Married (with children)


SCHOOLS ATTENDED
Mayflower Junior School, Ikenne
Mayflower School, Ikenne
Federal School of Art and Science, Victoria Island
Troy State University, Montgomery, Alabama, USA


MILITARY COURSES
-Nigerian Defense Academy, Kaduna, 75-76
-Primary Flying Training, Nigerian AFB, Kaduna, 76-77
-Advance Pilot Training, Texas, USA, 78-79
-Fighter Pilot Training, New Mexico, USA, 79-80
-MIG-21 Conversion Training, Kano, 80
-Alpha Jet Tactical Training, W. Germany, 81-82
-Alpha Jet Engine Study, France, 81
-Jaguar Conversion Training, Britain, 83-84
-Junio0r Division Staff Course, Jaji, Kaduna, 86
-Instructor Pilot Training, Texas, USA, 88-89
-Air Command Staff College, Air University, Alabama, USA,
91-92
-Advance Defense Course (War Strategy Campaign Planning), NDU
PLA, Beijing, China, 2000


APPOINTMENTS
-Staff Officer 2 Training, Flying Training Group, Kano, 83
-Group Operations Officer, Strike Group Makurdi, 85
-Acting Commander Strike Group NAF, Makurdi, 86
-Commanding Officer Air Weapons School NAF Kainji, 90
-Staff 1 Operations Air Weapons School, Kainji, 90-91
-Officer Commanding Base Service Wing Air Weapons School NAF,
Kainji, 90
-Operations Officer NAF Detachment, ECOMOG, Sierra
Leone/Liberia, 90
-Acting Xommander Air Weapons School, Kainji, 91
-Commanding Officer Fighter Wing NAF Task Force ECOMOG,
Sierra Leone/Liberia, 92-94
-Directing Staff (JD) Air Faculty Command and Staff College,
Jaji, 94-97
-Commander NAF Detachment, ECOMOG, Liberia, 97-98
-Commander NAF Detachment, ECOMOG, Lungi, Sierra
Leone/Conakry, Guinea, 98-99
-Command Training Officer, HQ Training command, NAF, Kaduna,
99-01
-Member Governing Board of the Nigerian College of Aviation
Technology, Zaria, 01


EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
Golf, Lawn Tennis, Swimming, Soccer, Farming, Music,
Scrabble, Traveling and Reading






3. (C) Embassy has vetted Okanlawon through Embassy name
checks, and has found no derogatory information. ACTION
REQUESTED: Please provide text to respond regarding this
Officer's assignment. END ACTION REQUEST.
Jeter