COMMANDER KENYA AIR FORCE
After General Robert Kibochi’s tenure as the Chief Of Defense, it will be Kenya Air Force’s turn to produce the next Chief. This begs the question, will Maj Gen make it at the helm of one of the most institutions with the highest budget?
But who is Major Gen Francis Ogolla?
Maj Gen Francis Omondi Ogolla Joined Kenya Air Force on 24 April 1984 and was commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant on 6 May 1985.He trained as a fighter pilot with USAF and is also an instructor pilot. In addition, he has trained in other fields including imagery intelligence, counter terrorism and accident investigation.
Major General Francis O Ogolla is a graduate of ÉcoleMilitaire de Paris and National Defence College of Kenya. He holds Diploma both in International Studies and Military Science from Egerton University, a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Armed Conflict and Peace Studies (First Class Honors) and Masters of Arts in International Studies from University of Nairobi.
Major General Francis O Ogolla was promoted to the rank of Major General and appointed Commander Kenya Air Force on 15 July 2018.Previously he has held various appointments in Training, Command and Staff including Deputy Commander Kenya Air Force, Base Commander Laikipia Air Base, Commanding Officer of Tactical Fighter Wing, Chief Flying Instructor at Kenya Air Force Flying Training School and Operations Desk Officer at Kenya Air Force Headquarters.
He also served in the former Yugoslavia as an Observer and Military Information Officer from 1992 to 1993, as chairman of Military Christian Fellowship from 1994 to 2004and co-Chair of Association of African Air Chiefs between2018-2019.
He is married to Aileen, blessed with two children and one grandchild. His hobbies include reading and playing golf.