General Francis Ogolla is the first Chief of Defence Forces of Kenya to pass away while serving, and the first to die in an aircraft accident.

His predecessors retired after completing their terms or upon reaching retirement age, continuing with civilian life or serving the nation in various capacities.

General Jackson Kimeu Mulinge, who held the position for the longest tenure, was appointed chairman of a government agency before venturing into politics as the Member of Parliament for Kathiani and later serving as a minister. He retired from politics and engaged in business until his passing on July 16, 2014, at the age of 91.

Other retired heads of KDF include Generals Mahamud Mohamed, Daudi Tonje, Joseph Kibwana, Jeremiah Kianga, Samson Mwathethe, Julius Karangi, and Robert Kibochi.

General Ogolla served as the 11th Chief of the Kenyan military since 1963. The first African Chief of Defence Forces was Major General Joseph Ndolo, who resigned following allegations of planning to overthrow the government in 1979.

His predecessor was Major General Robert Bernard Penfold. Among these generals, four have passed away, including Ogolla, Mulinge, Ndolo, and Penfold.