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General Petr Pavel, M. A.

Chief of the General Staff of ACR

General Petr Pavel, M. A.

Date of Birth: 1 November 1961

Place of Birth: Plana u Marianskych Lazni

Education:

  • 1975 – 1979 Military Grammar School, Opava
  • 1979 – 1983 Military College of Land Forces, Vyskov
  • 1988 – 1991 Postgraduate studies, Military Academy, Brno
  • 1995 Staff College, Camberley, United Kingdom, Senior Officers Course
  • 2005 Royal College of Defence Studies, London, United Kingdom
  • 2005 – 2006 King's College London, United Kingdom, Master of Arts in international relations

Service Career:

  • 1983-1985 Special purpose airborne reconnaissance platoon leader
  • 1985-1988 Commander, special purpose airborne reconnaissance company
  • 1991-1993 Military Intelligence officer
  • 1993-1994 Deputy Military and Air Attaché of the Czech Republic to Belgium
  • 1994-1996 Military Intelligence officer
  • 1996-1997 MA to the Director of Military Intelligence
  • 1997-1999 Commander, Special Forces Brigade
  • 1999-2002 MA to the Director of Operations, RC North, Brunssum, The Netherlands
  • 2002 Deputy Commander, Mechanised Division
  • 12 Dec 2002 Appointed Brigadier General
  • 2002-2003 Commander, Specialised Forces
  • Jan-Apr 2003 National Military Representative at US CENTCOM, Tampa, USA, and at US CENTCOM Forward, Qatar
  • 2003-2005 Deputy Joint Forces Commander
  • 2006-2007 Deputy Director MoD Ops Division - Director of Operations Branch
  • 2007-2009 Deputy Military Representative of the Czech Republic in EU, Brussels, Belgium
  • 2010-2011 National Military Representative of the Czech Republic in SHAPE. Mons, Belgium
  • 8 May 2010 Appointed Major General
  • 1 July 2011 Deputy Chief of the General Staff - Chief of Staff
  • 8 May 2012 Appointed Lieutenent General
  • 1 July 2012 - 30 April 2015 Chief of the General Staff
  • 8 May 2014 Appointed General
  • 20 Sep 2014 Elected Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, at its session in Vilnius, Lithuania; to assume the post in June 2015

Decorations and Awards:

  • Czech Armed Forces Service Medal 1st Class, XX ribbon bar
  • Medal of the Armed Forces of the Czech Republic, Grades III, II and I
  • Cross of Merits of the Minister of Defence of the Czech Republic, Grades III and II
  • Service Abroad Medal of the Minister of Defence of the CR for Foreign Service "Kuvajt", Grade III
  • Service Abroad Medal of the Minister of Defence "Combat Mission", Grade III
  • “Service for Peace“ Badge
  • French War Cross with a Bronze Star
  • Ordre national de la Legion d'honneur - grade d'Officier
  • State Award of the Czech Republic – Medal for Heroism

Languages:

  • English, French, Russian

Family Status:

  • married, spouse Eva Pavlova, sons Jan and Petr

Hobbies:

  • travelling, motocycling, photography and books