Through the ranks to head defence forces

July 14, 2011 6:59 am
Chief of Defence Forces General Julius Karangi

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 14 – General Julius Waweru Karangi, the new Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) joined the Kenya Air Force in 1973 and after Cadet training in the United Kingdom, was commissioned as an officer in 1974.

After qualifying as a Flight Navigator in October 1975 in the Royal Air Force in England, he was posted to Flying Wing Kenya Air Force where he worked as a navigator.

Information available on the defence forces’ website shows that Gen Karangi was trained in Kenya, United Kingdom (UK), India and United States.

He has served as an officer-in-charge of the management of the American Military Aid to Kenya, Officer-in-charge of the Research Department in the Defence Headquarters, Commander of an Air Defence Battalion in Kenya Air Force and Liaison officer in Sarajevo (Bosnia).

He was also a Senior Military Liaison Officer in Belgrade (Serbia), Senior Military Observer in Belgrade and Croatia all with the United Nations as a peacekeeper in 1992/93, Staff Officer in Kenya Air Force Headquarters in charge of Administration, Personnel and Logistics, Instructor in Defence Staff College and the Armed Forces Training College, Lanet.

In 1995, he was appointed the Commander of Moi Air Base.

Two years later in 1997, he was appointed the Commander of the Kenya Air Force Logistics Command.

In 1998, he was posted to the Defence Headquarters and appointed Chief Procurement officer of the Kenya Armed Forces.
In May 1999, he was appointed to a senior position of Assistant Chief of General Staff at Defence Headquarters in charge of Training, Doctrine and Procurement for the Kenya Armed Forces.

Gen Karangi was appointed commandant Defence Staff College, Karen where he worked between Dec 2000 –Nov 2003 in the rank of Major General, after which he was appointed Commander Kenya Air Force and served from Nov 2003 to Aug 2005.

On August 10, 2005, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General and appointed Vice Chief of the General Staff Defence Headquarters, a position he served until Wednesday when he was promoted and appointed Chief of the Defence Forces.

General Karangi is married to Mary and they have with three children – two daughters and a son.



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