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Biography

Lieutenant General Ales Opata

Lieutenant General Ales Opata

  • Marital Status: Married
  • Date of Birth: 9th September 1964
  • Place of Birth: Hranice, Czech Republic

Education:

  • 1983 - 1987
    Military College of Ground Forces at Vyskov, Management and Employment of Combat Units
  • 1998 - 1999
    Marine Corps Command and Staff College, Virginia, USA
  • 2004
    Royal College of Defence Studies, London, UK
  • 2012
    Generals, Flag Officers Course, NATO Defence College, Rome, Italy

Service Career:

  • 1987 - 1990
    4th Armoured Division in Jihlava - from a tank platoon leader to commander of an armoured battalion
  • 1990 - 1992
    Commander of a Reservist Training Battalion Group of 13th Tank Material Depot
  • 1994 - 1997
    4th Rapid Deployment Brigade in Havlickuv Brod - positions: officer of a mechanised troops group, officer of a parachute and airborne group, officer of airborne training
  • 1998
    Deputy Commander of 43rd Airborne Mechanised Battalion in Chrudim
  • 1999 - 2003
    Commander of 43rd Airborne Mechanised Battalion in Chrudim
  • 2004 - 2008
    Commander of 4th Rapid Deployment Brigade in Zatec
  • 2008
    Deputy Director of MoD Force Development Division, Director of Operations Department
  • 28 October 2008
    appointed Brigadier General
  • 2009 - 2010
    Director of MoD Force Development Division - Operations Division
  • 2010 - 2014
    Deputy Chief of the General Staff of ACR - Director of the Joint Operations Centre of MoD
  • 28 October 2011
    appointed Major General
  • 2014 - 2017
    National Military Representative of the Czech Republic to the NATO SHAPE, Mons, Belgium
  • 1 August 2017
    Deputy Chief of the General Staff - Chief of Staff
  • 28 October 2017
    appointed Lieutenant General

Missions Abroad:

  • 1992 - 1993
    UNPROFOR mission, former Yugoslavia
  • 1995
    UNPROFOR mission, former Yugoslavia
  • 1996
    NATO IFOR mission, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • 1999 - 2000
    Commander of 43rd Airborne Battalion in SFOR operation, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • 2002 - 2003
    Commander of the Joint Implementation Commission at British Brigade - Centre, and Commander of the ACR Contingent, KFOR operation, Kosovo
  • 2007
    Commander of ACR Contingent - Chief of Staff of a Multinational Provincial Reconstruction Team, ISAF operation, Afghanistan

Awards and Decorations:

  • Ordre national de la Legion d'honneur – grade d'officier, France
  • French War Cross with a Bronze Star, France
  • State Defence Cross of Czech Minister of Defence
  • Cross of Merit of Czech Minister of Defence, Grade I
  • Honorary Badge of ACR for Merits
  • Medal of Czech Minister of Defence for Service Abroad
  • UNPROFOR Operation Medal, Grade I
  • NATO IFOR Operation Medal (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
  • NATO SFOR Operation Medal (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
  • NATO KFOR Operation Medal (Kosovo)
  • NATO ISAF Operation Medal (Afghanistan)
  • and others

Military Courses/Specialisation:

  • Instructor of selfdefence and MUSADO man-to-man fighting, Grade II
  • Instructor of airborne training
  • Badge of airborne specialist, Grade I

Language:

  • English, STANAG 3333

Hobbies:

  • fishing, literature, motorcycling

Updated: November 18, 2017