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Major General DTO Taluva
Deputy Chief of Defence Staff of the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces

Major General David Tamba Ocil Taluva was born on 27 October 1965 in Murray Town Barracks. His father hailed from Sandaru, Penguia Chiefdom, Kailahun District and his mother from Saforokoh Limba Chiefdom Bombali District. He had his early education at the Services Secondary school, Juba in Freetown. In June 2007, he was awarded a certificate in Management Studies during the period of his Senior Command and Staff College.

He was enlisted into the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF) in 1988 and later commissioned on 29 June 1991. As he grew in the military ranks, he did several successful career courses:
1993 - International Humanitarian Law/ Law of Armed Conflict (IHL/LOAC) ~ Sierra Leone
1994 - Junior Command and Staff Course (JCSC) ~ Ghana
1995 - Jungle Expert Course ~ Ghana
2002 - Peace and Conflict Studies ~ Sierra Leone
2006 to 2007 - Senior Command and Staff Course ~ Nigeria
2008 - Senior Management in Peacekeeping ~ Canada
2010 ~ Senior Leadership Course ~ Abuja Nigeria
2013 to 2013 - National Defence College ~ Nigeria
December 2013 - Senior Leadership in Peacekeeping ~ South Africa
2013 to 2014 ~ Masters in Strategic Studies ~ University of Ibadan - Nigeria
2017 - Senior Military Leadership Course ~ Cairo-Egypt

Major General Taluva has held several Command and Staff appointments including:
1991 - Intelligent Officer at I Brigade.
1993 - Company Commander in 3 Battalion.
1995 to 1998 Company Commander LEOBATT.
February to October 2001 - Second in Command 3 Infantry Battalion.
2001 to 2002 Second in Command 9 Infantry Battalion.
2002 to 2004 Chief of Staff/Civil Military Coordination Officer Headquarters 5 Infantry Brigade.
2004 to 2006 - Commanding Officer 9 Infantry Battalion.
August 2007 to October 2008 - Director Defence Personnel MOD.
October 2008 to January 2009 - Commandant Armed Forces Training Centre.
February 2011 to September 2012 Commander Training Group.
2013 to 2014 - Assistant Chief of Defence Staff Personnel and Training (ACDS Pers/Trg).
2014 to 2015 - Chief of Staff National Ebola Response Centre.
2016 to 2017 - Assistant Chief of Defence Staff Operations and Plans (ACDS Ops/Plans).
September to November 2017 - Commander 4 Infantry Brigade.
December 2017 to Date - Deputy Chief of Defence Staff following his promotion to the rank of Major General.

Maj Gen Taluva has attended and participated in several seminars, workshops and conference both at Local and international levels.

Maj Gen Taluva is married to Mrs. Memuna Taluva and the relationship is blessed with beautiful children.

His hobbies include Reading, Jogging and discussing contemporary issues.

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