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Buratai Marks His 1 Year Anniversary As The COAS!!!

Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Burataiis the current and 26th Chief of Army Staff of Nigeria, appointed to the position by President Muhammadu Buhari on July 13, 2015. He was commissioned in 1983 and has had multiple command, administrative, and instructional appointments.

Background and education
General Buratai is from Buratai town, Biu Local Government Area of Borno State. His father, Yusuf Buratai, was a non commissioned officer in the Royal West African Frontier Force and World War II veteran who fought in Burma.

General Buratai had his primary education at Buratai town and thereafter gained admission to Government Teachers College Potiskum, Yobe State, where he graduated with distinction.

Military career
In January 1981, Buratai attended the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna as a member of the 29 Regular Combatant Course (29 RC). On successful completion of his Officer Cadet training, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant on 17th December 1983 into the Infantry Corps of the Nigerian Army. Buratai has a degree in History from University of Maiduguri and a degree in Philosophy from Bangladesh University of Professionals, Dhaka. He served in 26 Amphibious Battalion Elele, Port Harcourt, Military Observer at the United Nations Verification Mission II in Angola; later 26 Guards Battalion, Lagos; Lagos Garrison Command Camp. Lt Gen Buratai also served as administrative officer at the State House, Abuja; 82 Motorized Battalion; 81 Battalion, Bakassi Peninsular; Army Headquarters Garrison, Abuja before he became a Directing Staff at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji, earning the prestigious "Pass Staff College Dagger" (psc(+)) appellation. Subsequently, he served at AHQ Dept of Army Policy and Plans, Abuja; Assistant Chief of Staff Administrative Matters, HQ Infantry Centre Jaji. Additionally, he was again at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College as Director Dept of Land Warfare from where he was appointed Commander 2 Brigade, Port Harcourt, doubling as Commander, Sector 2 JTF Operation PULO SHIELD. Upon promotion to the rank of Major General, he was appointed Commandant, Nigerian Army School of Infantry, Jaji; thereafter he was appointed Director of Procurement DHQ before being appointed Force Commander of the newly reconstituted Multinational Joint Task Force(MJTNF) under the auspices of the Lake Chad Basin Commission and Benin Republic, an appointment he held till he became Chief of Army Staff.

His operational deployments include Military Observer at the United Nations Verification Mission II in Angola, Op HARMONY IV in the Bakassi Peninsular, OPMESA, Op PULO SHIELD, Op SAFE CONDUCT, MNJTF, Op ZAMAN LAFIYA and Op LAFIYA DOLE. He was appointed Chief of Army Staffon July 13, 2015.

Dates of promotion
Buratai's promotion dates are:
*.Lieutenant (January 1985)
*.Captain (January 1989)
*.Major (January 1994)
*.Lieutenant Colonel (January 1998)
*.Colonel (January 2004)
*.Brigadier General (January 2009)
*.Major General (January 2012)
*.Lieutenant General (August 2015)

Awards
Lt Gen Buratai’s honours and awards include;
*.Forces Service Star (FSS)
*.Meritorious Service Star (MSS)
*.Distinguished Service Star (DSS)
*.Grand Service Star (GSS).
*.Pass Staff Course Dagger (psc(+))
*.Field Command Medal
*.Training Support Medal
*.United Nations Medal for Angolan Verification Medal II.

Ladies and gentlemen, raise your wine glasses as we celebrate one of our best Army Officer and General, the Boko Haram Slayer...Lt. Gen. TY Buratai, as he marks his one year in office as the COAS




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