Major General Jeronim Bazo
Chief of Defence – Albania
Major General BAZO graduated from Albanian Military Academy “Skënderbej”, in Tirana, Albania, in 1985 and was commissioned as an active duty officer in the Albanian Armed Forces. First years of his career were served as Platoon Leader, Infantry Company Commander, Battalion executive officer and as an Instructor in Branch/Troop School.
MG BAZO served as Head of Section in the Personnel Department, Albanian MoD from 1993 to 1995. In 1996 he graduated from George C. Marshall, European Centre for Security Studies – College for Security Studies and Defence Economics. He then served as Head of the newly established Department for National Security at the Albanian Defence Academy.
From 1997 – 2000, MG BAZO served as NATO Liaison Officer in the Albanian MoD. Later that year, he was assigned as the Commandant of the Albanian NCO-s Academy where he served until October 2002. In 2003 BG BAZO commanded the Albanian Military Academy, leading the efforts to transform the military commissioning undergraduate school to a Military University. He served as the Commandant of Albanian Military University until June 2005.
In 2007, MG BAZO was assigned to plan and initiate a Regional Senior Course on Security and Defence Studies. International participation in this course supported the Albanian efforts, and those of other countries in the region to become full NATO members by 2009.
During the period 2010-2012, MG BAZO led the Defence Planning and Monitoring Division (J5) at the Albanian General Staff. This was an important period of the Albanian Armed Forces as a new NATO member. During his leadership in the J5, there were a number of important duties and task accomplished, which were the fundamental milestones for the full integration to NATO. Some of the main ones are the implementation of the AAF new Structure, Albanian-NATO integration Conferences, Submission of the Defence Planning Capability Survey and NATO-Albania bilateral and multilateral meetings/consultation, NATO Transformation Conferences and NATO Military Committee Meetings in CHOD format.
MG BAZO graduated from Albanian Command and General Staff College and is a graduate of United States Army War College, class of 2006, where he earned a master degree in Strategic Studies.
He has also participated, contributed and lectured in many conferences and working groups mainly on defence, security and education issues. MG BAZO has published in a variety of specialized papers and magazines and author & co-author of many research papers and articles.
In his career, MG BAZO was promoted Captain (in 1991), Major (1994), Lt Colonel (1995), and Colonel in 2006. He was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General in 2012, and served as the Defence and Security Adviser to the President of the Republic of Albania.
Recently by the decree of the President of the Republic of Albania Nr.8372 dated 07.11.2013, he was appointed as the Chief of General Staff of AAF, and was promoted to the rank of Major General.
During his carrier, for distinguished work and contributions, MG BAZO has been awarded with several decorations including the Military Merit Medal and Orders.
Major General BAZO is married and has 2 children.