Rear Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo was born on the 22 April 1966 and hails from Nasarawa Local government area of Kano State. He enlisted into the Nigerian Navy on 24 September 1984 as a member of Regular Course 36 and was commissioned sublieutenant on 24 September 1988.
He is an under water warfare specialist with a sub specialisation in intelligence. The senior officer has attended several military course which include but not limited to; Sub-Technical course and officers long course both at Nigerian Navy Ship QUORRA.
He also attended junior Division 48/99 and senior course 26 both at Armed Forces Command and Staff College Jaji.
Other courses include, the National Defence College at the South African National Defence College.
Until his recent appointment as the Chief of Naval Staff, he was the Director of procurement at the Defence Space Agency.
Rear Admiral Gambo holds a PGD in Transport management and a masters degree in Transport Management (Logistics option) both from Ladoke Akintola University of Technology. He is also a member of the Nigerian Institute of Management, Fellow of Certified Institute of Shipping, Fellow of the Institute of Corporate Administration of Nigeria as well as the fellow of the National Defence College, South Africa.
The CNS is has been awarded with Grand Service Star,Distinguished Service Star,Passed staff course among other several decorations and awards.
He is married to Hajiya Nana Aishat Gambo and the union is blessed with three children.