Air Vice Marshal Isiaka Oladayo Amao Nigeria’s new Chief of Air Staff was born on 14th September 1965 at Enugu. He hails from Oshogbo LGA of Osun State.
He attended the following academic schools: Nuhu Bamali Primary School Kaduna from 1971 –19 77, Command Secondary School, Kakuri Kaduna from 1977 –1982, Federal College of Freshwater and Fisheries Technology (FCFFT) New Bussa from 1994 –1996, University of Madras, India from 2002 – 2003, Kaduna Polytechnic from 2005 – 2006 and National Defence University China from 2012 – 2013.
He enlisted into the Nigerian Air Force on 19th January 1984 as a member of 35 Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) Regular Course and was commissioned as Pilot Officer on 20th December 1986.
He started his Primary Flying Training at 301 Flying Training School (FTS) Kaduna from 1987 –1989, did the Basic Flying Training at 303 FTS Kano from 1990 – 1992 and Tactical Fighter Training at 99 Air Combat Training Group (99 ACTG) Kainji from 1993 –1999. Thereafter, went for Instructor Pilot Course at 301 FTS Kaduna from 2004 – 2005.
The newly appointed COAS has attended several military courses which includes : Junior Division Course at Armed Forces Command Staff College (AFCSC) Jaji from June – December 1986, Senior Division Course at Defence Services Staff College India from 2002 – 2003, Defence Course at National Defence University China from 2012 – 2013, Aircraft Accident Investigation in Civil Airline at NCAT Zaria and Aircraft Accident Investigation Course at Karachi, Pakistan.
He is a Fighter Pilot and has participated in various operations such as: Draw Down of AFISMA operation in Mali from August 2013 – January 2014, operation ZAMAN LAFIYA from 20 February – 19 July 2015 and operation LAFIYA DOLE (North East operations) from 2019 Jul 15 – 16 Feb 2016.