General  Simeon Hristov Simeonov

Chief of Defence – Bulgaria
2009

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General Simeon Hristov Simeonov, Chief of Defence of Bulgaria

Date and Place of Birth:

25 January 1955, Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Military Career:

1979-1980-Junior Pilot in 2nd wing of 1st squadron of 25th air regiment - Cheshnigirovo
1980-1982-Junior Pilot in 1st wing of squadron in 19th air regiment - Graf Ignatievo
1982-1984-Senior Pilot in 1st wing of 1st squadron in 19th air regiment - Graf Ignatievo
1984-1985-Commander of 3rd wing of 1st squadron in 19th air regiment - Graf Ignatievo
1985-1986-Deputy Commander of 1st squadron in 19th air regiment - Graf Ignatievo
1989-1990-Commander of 2nd squadron in 19th air regiment - Graf Ignatievo
1990-1991-Deputy Commander for flight operations and safety in 19th air regiment - Graf Ignatievo
1991-1992-Deputy Commander for flight training in 19th fighter air regiment - Graf Ignatievo
1992-1994-Commander of 19th fighter air regiment - Graf Ignatievo
1994-1996-Commander of 3rd fighter air base - Graf Ignatievo
1999-2000- Commander of 3rd fighter air base - Graf Ignatievo
2000-2002- Deputy Commander for Training, Tactical Aviation Corps
2002-2003-Chief of Staff of Tactical Aviation Corps
2003-2004-Commander of Tactical Aviation Command
2004-2005-Chief of Staff of the Joint Force Training Centre in Bydgoszcz, Poland
2005-2006-Chief of the Air Force HQ
2006-2009-Commander of the Air Force
since 30 June 2009-Chief of Defence

Education:


1974-high school in the town of Kazanlak
1974-1979-Air Force Academy, Dolna Mitropoliya
1986-1989-Y.A. GAGARIN Air Force Command and Staff College, Russia
1996-1998-Führungsakademie der Bundeswehr, Hamburg, Germany

Flight Experience:


Pilot First Class with more than 2000 flight hours.
He has flown L-29, MiG-17, MiG-21, MiG-29.

Promotions:


1979-Lieutenant
1982-First Lieutenant
1986-Captain
1991-Major
1992-Lieutenant Colonel
1996-Colonel
2003-Brigadier General
2005-Major General
2007-Lieutenant General
2009-General

Awards and Decorations:


2 medals, awards presented by the Minister of Defence of the Republic of Bulgaria, the Chief of General Staff of the Bulgarian Armed Forces and the Chief of the Air Force HQ

Foreign Languages:


English, German, and Russian

Marital Status:


Married, 2 sons.