Rear Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo was born on 22 April 1966 and hails from Nasarawa LGA in Kano State.
He enlisted into the Nigerian Navy on September 24 1984 as a member of Regular Course 36 and was commissioned Sub-Lieutenant on 24 September 1988.
He is an Underwater Warfare specialist with a subspecialisation in Intelligence.
The senior officer has attended several military courses which include, Sub-Technical course and Officers Long course both at NNS QUORRA. He also attended Junior Division 48/89 and Senior Course 26 both at AFCSC Jaji.
Other courses attended include the National Defence Course at the South African National Defence College.
Holds a Master’s degree in Transport Management from LAUTECH.
Until his recent appointment as the CNS, he was the Director of Procurement at the Defence Space Administration.
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