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Lt Gen Dato’ Sri Ackbal Bin Haji Abdul Samad, RMAF hails from the state of Johor Darul Takzim.  He was born on 4 September 1962.  The eldest of four siblings, he grew up in Klang, Selangor, before his family moved to Petaling Jaya in the late 1970's.

Lt Gen Ackbal was a student of the Boys Wing in the Royal Military College (RMC) from 1978 to 1980. With the encouragement of his family and his profound interest to become a fighter jet pilot he rejected several scholarships and career course offers from the Malaysia Airlines System, Malaysian International Shipping Corporation (MISC) and Sime Darby.  Instead, on 1 June 1980, he applied to join the Cadet Wing of the RMC in Sungai Besi, with the goal of becoming a regular service commissioned officer in the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF).

In 1983, Lt Gen Ackbal underwent a basic flying course at RMAF Air Base Alor Setar.  Initially, he trained for a year in the Pilatus PC 7 aircraft.   He then transferred to RMAF Air Base Kuantan, Third Flying Training Center (PULATIBAND III) to undergo a fighter intermediary flying course using the Aermacchi MB-339A.  Prior to his departure from RMAF Alor Setar, he won all the challenge trophies available, to include the Best Junior Studies Trophy, Best Pilot Trophy, and Best Overall Student Trophy.  He continued his success when at RMAF Kuatan he won the 1985 Best Student Fighter-Lead-In Trophy.

The early stages of his career saw him assigned to RMAF’s Squadron 6 and Squadron 9, where he flew the A-4 Skyhawk.  Upon transferring to RMAF Air Base Butterworth he was assigned to RMAF Squadron 11 and Squadron 12, where he flew the F-5E.   

            In 1994 Lt Gen Ackbal returned from Russia where he achieved currency in the MiG-29.  He was then tasked to stand-up and command RMAF Squadron 19, home to the newly acquired MiG-29N aircraft.  While leading Squadron 19 he lead and participated in an operation that provided aerial reconnaissance of Layang Layang Reef, a disputed island in the South China Sea.  He also participated in operations focused on the eradication of communist insurgents on the Malaysia-Thailand border. In addition to his operational responsibilities, Lt Gen Ackbal was a member of the MiG-29 aircraft aerobatic team, performing at LIMA (Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition)  in 1995 and 1997, where he was the solo display pilot.

            In 1990 he returned to RMAF Alor Setar to attain his instructor pilot certification.  He achieved this goal and was awarded the Best Student Award.  In 1992, Lt Gen Ackbal was selected by a RMAF Special Selection Panel to attend Test Pilot school in the United Kingdom. While undergoing the course, he flew numerous aircraft frames and simulators (19 types),which included the Royal Air Force's Jaguar fighter jet, the Russian MiG-29, the Czech Republic's Aero-Vodocody L-39 Albatross, the Hawk T-MK 1, the Lear Jet-Variable stability test platform, the BAE 146, the Saab 2000, the King Air, Air Gliders, Aerobatic Extra 300 aircraft, Boeing 737-300 simulator aircraft, Airbus A320 simulator aircraft, Hawk 200 simulator, Jaguar simulator, and the Eurofighter simulator.  His test pilot qualification allowed him participate in RMAF flight trials of the Hawk, Aermacchi, F5-E, Beechcraft B200T, and MiG-29 aircraft.

            After approximately 15 years of serving as operations pilot, Lt Gen Ackbal was then designated by RMAF to lead at the senior management and operational level.  This included postings at Formation Headquarters and the RMAF Headquarters at the Ministry of Defense. Among the posts that he held were the post operations officer in the New Fighter Aircraft Project team - Air Force Headquarters in 93/94, Staff Officer 1 for Security and Standardization at No.1 Air Division in 2000, Director of Planning and Development at the Air Force Headquarters from 2002 to 2004, Acting Chief of Staff of Planning and Development (5 months), Acting Chief of 1st Division Air Force (3 months), Commander of the Kuantan Air Base from October 2004 to February 2006, Commander of No.2 Air Division at the Federal Territory of Labuan from March 2006 to January 2007, Commander of Air Logistics from February 2007 to September 2010, Commander of No.1 Air Division from September 2010 to November 2010, Commander of Air Operations from November 2010 to November 2014, Joint Force Commander from November 2014 to August 2015, Air Operations Commander from 5 August 2015 to 20 December 2016.

            Lt Gen Ackbal also attended the following schools located outside of Malaysia:  Electronic Warfare course and  the Instructor Techniques course at the Naval Training Center in San Diego, California (1988), Royal New Zealand Staff College, Whenuapai (Auckland), New Zealand (1996), Simulator System operation and management course in Montreal, Canada (1997), and a course in academic, defense and strategic studies at Weston Creek, Canberra, Australia (2001).

            Lt Gen Ackbal awards include the Excellent Service Award, three times.  They were in 1991, when he was a flying instructor with the rank of Captain at the RMAF Alor Setar; in 1997, when he was the chief officer of No.19 Squadron at the Kuantan Air Base; and in 2003, as Director of the Planning and Development Division at the RMAF Headquarters. Also, in 2006 he received the national-level Malidur Rasul award (conferred to deserving recipients in conjunction with the observance of the birthday of Prophet Muhammad) from His Majesty the Yang DiPertuan Agong (Paramount Ruler). Besides that he was also conferred with several awards and Orders of Decoration at the state and federal levels as an appreciation for his services to the RMAF, nation and race. The honorary awards bestowed on him are: D.S.A P, D.I.M.P, P.A.T., S.A.P., S.M.P., K.A.T., A.M.N., A.P.P. and P.P.A.

In his spare time, Lt Gen Ackbal enjoys angling, photography, reading, and working on automobiles.  Lt Gen Ackbal is married to Datin Norainy binti Sahar Alam and they have four children, three boys and one girl.

Updated on 3 Feb 17




Vice Admiral Datuk Mohd Reza bin Mohd Sany was born on 13th August 1963 in Kuala Lumpur. He joined the Navy on 1st May 1981 after completing his education at the Royal Military College. During his service, he held a number of appointments ashore and at sea such as Aide-de-Camp to His Majesty The Yang Dipertuan Agong IV – Istana Negara, Assistant Chief of Staff (Human Resource) – Naval HQ, Assistant Chief of Staff (Plans and Operations) – Naval HQ, Commandant of PUSTAKMAR – Lumut Naval Base. His last appointment at sea was as the Commanding Officer of KD LEKIU. He also has served as Commander of Naval Region 1 and currently he took over as Joint Force Commander on 27 November 2017.

Vice Admiral Datuk Mohd Reza bin Mohd Sany is a graduate of the US Naval Command Course, Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. He is also a graduate of the National Defence University, Islamabad, Pakistan and earned his Master of Science in Defence & Strategic Studies.

During his free time, Vice Admiral Datuk Mohd Reza bin Mohd Sany likes to go hunting, fishing and loves outdoor activities.

Vice Admiral Datuk Mohd Reza bin Mohd Sany is married to Datin Maslina binti Ismail and blessed with five sons.





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      GeneralDato’ Sri Hj Affendi bin Buang RMAF was born on21 August1962inKuching, Sarawak.His early education was obtained in Kuching, Sarawak but in 1978, he was selected to further his secondary education at the Royal Military College in Sungai Besiuntil completion of his Malaysian Certificate of Examination in 1979.

      GenDato' Sri Hj Affendi joined the Malaysian Armed Forces as an RMAF Officer Cadet in 1980 and received his basic training at the Officer Cadet School, Sebatang Kara, Port Dickson. In 1981, he was selected to undergo Basic Flying Training at RMAF Alor Setar and upon completion was commissioned into the Royal Malaysian Air Force as a Second Lieutenant in 1982. Based on his knowledge, skill and attitude as well as temerity and maturity, Gen Dato’ Sri Hj Affendi was posted to No 3 Flying Training Center in RMAF Kuantan for hisinitial jet conversion on the MB-339A. From then on, his career as a fighter pilot took off with his subsequent Operational Conversion on the McDonnell Douglas A-4 Skyhawk at No 9 Sqn in October 1984 followed by his first operational tour on the A-4 Skyhawk at No 6 Sqn inJune1985. In recognition of his knowledge, skill and attitude as a fighter pilot, Gen Dato' Sri Hj Affendi wassent for his Instructor Pilot's course in Jan 1988 at ILIT, RMAF Alor Setar and was subsequently posted back to No 9 Sqn in July 1988 as an Instructor Pilot on the A-4 Skyhawk. 

      In recognition of his forte, Gen Dato' Sri Hj Affendi was among the officers selected for the RMAF MiG-29Project Team in 1994, which later became the MiG-29 RMAF Technical Team in Russia. Together with theformerChief ofRMAF GenTan Sri Rodzali (Retired) and current Deputy Chief of RMAF Lt Gen Dato' Sri Ackbal, Gen Dato’ Sri Hj Affendi was the pioneer cadres for the induction of theMiG-29 into RMAF operational capability and was instrumental in the knowledge transfer process for the build-up of the RMAF MiG-29 operational capabilities. Gen Dato' Sri Hj Affendi was also one of the founding members of the RMAF MiG-29tacticalaerobatics team popularly known as "Smokey Bandits". He later led the “Smokey Bandits” during his tenure as the Commanding Officer of No 17/19 Sqn.

       Throughout his operational flying career, Gen Dato' Sri Hj Affendi is a force to be reckoned with as a fighter pilot. He was actively involved in various air operations including flying Close Air Support andBattlefield Interdiction missions during the fight against communist insurgency in the late 1980s. His operational tours on the A-4 Skyhawk and the MiG-29 also saw him routinely deployed to conduct patrols across Malaysia including Gugusan Semarang Peninjau (Malaysian outposts in the South China Sea) and Malaysian maritime zones around Peninsular as well as East Malaysia. 

       The knowledge, skill and attitude gained by Gen Dato' Sri Hj Affendiwas further developedandenhanced by his experiences at various staff and command positions at the tactical, operational and later strategic level. From 1997 to 2002, he was posted to No 1 Air Division, initially as Staff Officer 2 Standards, Safety and Readiness and later as Staff Officer 1 Fighter Operations. In this capacity, Gen Dato' Sri Hj Affendiwas responsible for the overall operational readiness and competency of the RMAF fighter aircrew.   He was then entrusted with the command of No 17/19 Sqn from 2002 until 2004. In 2006, he tookcommand as Commander of Butterworth Airbase until 2007, after which hewas posted as Director of J5 (Contingencies and Plans) at the Joint Force Headquarters (MarkasAngkatan Bersama) from 2008 to 2009. In December 2009, he was promoted as Brigadier General RMAF and was appointed as the Director General of Operations and Exercise at RMAF Air Operations Command until end 2010. Upon returning from his one year studies in Australia, Gen Dato' Sri Hj Affendiwas posted back on September 2011 once again as the Director General for Operations and Exercises at the RMAF Air Operations Command and subsequently was promoted in that post as Major General RMAF in 2013. He was then promoted to Lieutenant General RMAF in July 2014 and appointed as the Joint Force Commander (Panglima Angkatan Bersama) for his second tour at the Joint Force Headquarters. By the end of 2014, Gen Dato' Sri Hj Affendi was appointed as the RMAF Chief of Air Operations (Panglima Operasi Udara). He served as the Air Operations Commander for about one year before he was appointed as the Deputy Chief of RMAF in 2015. On 21 December 2016, Gen Dato' Sri Hj Affendi bin Buang RMAF was promoted as General RMAF and took over command from Gen Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Roslan bin Saad RMAF to become the 18th Chief of Royal Malaysian Air Force. 

        Gen Dato' Sri Hj Affendiis a proponent of lifelong learning and believes in the importance of gaining knowledge as a part of increasing competency as well as proficiency in handling appointed tasks. Apartfrom his flying career courses, Gen Dato' Sri Hj Affendiattendedthe Malaysian Armed Forces Staff College (Maktab Turus Angkatan Tentera (MTAT))in 1997 and the Defence and Strategic Studies Course at the Center for Defence and Strategic Studies (CDSS) Australia in 2005. Gen Dato' Sri Hj Affendi also undertook tertiarylevelstudiesto qualify himself as aholder of Masters of Art (Strategic Studies) from Deakin University, Australia. As a part of theRMAFSenior Management and in recognition of his capacity, Gen Dato' Sri Hj Affendiwas presented with the opportunity to gain knowledge,experience and networking at the Royal College of Defence Studies (RCDS) London in 2011.

        In recognition of his service for the country, Gen Dato' Sri Hj Affendiwas conferred several medals and awards by the Federal and State Government as well as the Malaysian Armed Forces. Apart from the service medals, he was awarded the Pingat Tentera Udara (PTU) or the Air Force Medal, which is awarded to a Royal Malaysian Air Force aircrew for gallantry in performing flying duties. He was conferred several military honor medals including the Kesatria Angkatan Tentera (KAT), Pahlawan Angkatan Tentera (PAT) and Panglima Setia Angkatan Tentera (PSAT).  Gen Dato’ Sri Hj Affendi was also bestowed by Duli Yang Maha Mulia the Sultan of Pahang, Ahli Mahkota Pahang (AMP), Setia Ahmad Shah Pahang (SAP), Darjah Indera Mahkota Pahang (DIMP) with the honorific Dato’ and Sri Sultan Ahmad Shah Pahang (SSAP), which carries the title Dato’ Sri.

       Gen Dato’ Sri Hj Affendi bin Buang RMAF is married to Yang Amat Mulia Tengku Puteri Seri Teja Pahang Hajjah Tengku Muhaini binti Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah.


Updated on Thursday, 14 Mac 2017.



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Admiral Tan Sri Ahmad Kamarulzaman joined the Navy on 24 February 1977 after completing his education at the Royal Military College. He took over as  Chief of Navy on 18 Nov 2015. His previous appointment was as Deputy  Chief of Navy. During the service, he held a number of positions in the Navy and Joint Services such as Chief of Staff Malaysian Armed Forces Headquater, Commander Joint Force in Kuala Lumpur, Fleet Commander in Lumut, Commander Naval Area 2 in Kota Kinabalu, and Assistant Chief of Staff (Plan and Operations) at the Naval Headquarters. His last service at sea was onboard KD JEBAT (FFG 29).

Admiral Tan Sri Ahmad Kamarulzaman graduated from the US Naval Staff Course, Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island as well as the Distinguished Graduate of the Fu Hshing Kang College, Republic of China in Political Warfare. He also attended International Surface Warfare Officer's Course at Naval Amphibious School in Coronado, San Diego. He was also a graduate of Principle Warfare Officer of HMS DRYAD, Portsmouth. He attended courses on International Crisis Management Course at the National Administrative Institute (INTAN), Kuala Lumpur and also various other military education programmes both locally as well as in Australia and the United States of America.

Admiral Tan Sri Ahmad Kamarulzaman is a spokesman for the Maritime Security and participated in several seminars and conferences including the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) in India and Kuala Lumpur, US Military Operations (MILOPS) Conference in Singapore, International Maritime Organization (IMO) Conference in Jakarta, Littoral Defense Conference in Singapore, Electronic Warfare Conference in London and MIMA International Conference in Kuala Lumpur. He obtained his MBA from the University of Strathclyde Business School, Scotland and MA in Defense Studies and International Relations at the National University of Malaysia. He completed the Executive Program in Business Management in the year 2009 in the Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina, USA.

Admiral Tan Sri Ahmad Kamarulzaman has received numerous awards and recognitions from the Federal as well as the State Governments. He was the first person to have received the Chief of Navy Medal of Merit. Admiral Tan Sri Ahmad Kamarulzaman is married to Puan Sri Noor Azrina binti Abdullah and blessed with a son. He likes reading, hiking and golfing.


Updated on Thursday, 28 Mac 2017 1030H

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