06 September 2008

* Brigadier-General Jean Kahwaji

Brief Professional Career:


  • 30 AUG 08   The Lebanese government has appointed Brigadier-General Jean Kahwaji to be chief of the Lebanese military, replacing Michel Sleiman, who in May became the country's president.



  • The decision on 29 AUG 08 was taken during a government session at the presidential palace.Tareq Mitri, the Lebanese information minister, speaking at the end of the cabinet meeting, said: "The Council of Ministers decided to appoint General Jean Kahwaji to the post of chief of the Lebanese army."



  • Kahwaji, married with three children and a Maronite Christian, has headed the army's 12th Infantry Brigade since 2002.



  • Kahwaji joined in the army in 1973, he was trained abroad especially in the USA and Italy, to that he also underwent a training to fight against terrorism in Germany in 2006, and Italy. 


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    Differences between the US-backed parliamentary majority and an alliance of opposition groups led by Hezbollah, a Shia organisation, had delayed the appointment of a new army commander. General Shawki al-Masri, the army's chief of staff, has been acting as head of the army since Sleiman was elected president on May 25.


    Deatiled Official Profile
    General Information:
    - Date and place of birth: 23/9/1953 – Ayn Ebel – Qada of Bint Jbeil.
    - Place of Residence: Sarba – Qada of Kesrwan.
    - Foreign Languages: English – French – Italian.
    - Married with Mrs. Marlene Sfeir and father of three children.


    Promotions:
    - Enrolled in the Army as a cadet officer and joined the Military Academy starting 1/10/1973.
    - Promoted to the rank of Lieutenant starting 1/7/1976.
    - He was gradually promoted to the rank of Brigadier General of staff starting 1/7/2002 and benefited from seniority due to his exceptional martial exploits.
    - He was promoted to the rank of General and was appointed as the Armed Forces Commander on 29/8/2008.


    Functions:
    - Transferred to the Military Police battalion starting 21/2/1977.
    - Appointed as senior officer of the Military Police company in the region of Mount Lebanon starting 7/12/1982.
    - Transferred to the forth Infantry brigade as senior officer of company 422 starting 28/9/1983.
    - Transferred to the Military Academy, as a trainer, starting 4/3/1984.
    - Transferred to the tenth Airborne brigade, as senior officer of company 103, starting 1/11/1987.
    - Appointed as commander of the Airborne regiment starting 12/10/1992.
    - Appointed as commander of the third Intervention regiment starting 22/1/1996.
    - Appointed as Chief of Staff of the eleventh Infantry brigade starting 31/7/1999.
    - Appointed as assistant commander of the seventh Infantry brigade starting 22/8/2001.
    - Appointed as commander of the second infantry brigade starting 29/7/2002.


    Educational and training courses:
    He followed many courses inside and outside the country, mainly:
    - Military course in the United States of America in 1980.
    - Military course in Sweden in 1995.
    - Military course in Italy in 1999.
    - A course in the field of diplomacy of defense in Great Britain in 2003.
    - Anti terrorism course in Germany in 2006.


    Medals, awards and honors:
    - Medal of the Wounded.
    - Lebanese War Medal (three times).
    - Lebanese Order of Merit in first, second and third class.
    - Order of the National Unity.
    - Medal of the South Dawn.
    - National Order of the Cedar in grade of a Knight and in grade of an Officer.
    - Military Medal of Competence.
    - Military Medal of Honor.
    - Commendation of the Armed Forces Commander (eight times).
    - Felicitations of the Armed Forces Commander (twenty six times).

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