The NAF organizational concept has been fashioned to meet current requirements of
the service and the defence needs of the country. Resulting from its experiences
in roles played from the civil war to other missions within and outside the country,
the NAF is presently structured along a
7 principal staff branches,
4 operational commands
4 Direct Reporting Units.
The size structure and organization of the Air Force depends on a careful analyses
of the perceived threat which could be enduring or emerging in either or both external
and internal environment.
Prior to the present organizational structure, the NAF had undergone some re-organization
over the years. The first was in 1970, immediately after the civil war. The aircraft
inventories were then grouped into Air Defence and Air Transport Wing. In 1978,
the Tactical and Training Commands were established, Logistics Command in 1979 and in 2011, the Mobility Command
was also established.
The present establishment lays more emphasis on general service planning, establishing
a linkage between tasking of formation or units and resource allocation. It also
considered the development of quality personnel, timely intelligence, quick reaction
operational force and the survivability of all NAF air bases and assets.