Chief of General Staff of the Bulgarian Armed Forces

General Zlatan Kirilov Stoykov

2006 -

Date and place of birth: 17 March 1951 in the village of Tsarvaritsa, Kyustendil Region.

Military Career:

1973 - 1974 Platoon Commander, 19th Motorrifle Regiment.

1974 - 1978 Company Commander, 1st Motorrifle Division.

1980 - 1981 Service Support and Guard Battalion Commander and Commandant, 1st Army.

1981 - 1982 Assistant Chief of Operations Department, 1st Army.

1982 - 1983 Senior Assistant Chief of Operations Department, 1st Army.

1983 - 1984 Assistant Chief of Operations Department, Operations Directorate, Land Forces Command.

1984 - 1987 Senior Assistant Chief of Operations Department – Chief of Section, Operations Directorate, Land Forces Command.

1987 - 1988 Deputy Chief of Operations Department, Operations Directorate, Land Forces Command.

1988 - 1992 Chief of Operations Department and Deputy Chief of Staff, 1st Army.

1992 - 1993 Deputy Chief of Staff, 1st Army.

1995 - 1998 3rd Motorrifle Division Commander.

1998 - 2000 Chief of the Rapid Reaction Forces HQ.

2000 - 2002 2nd Army Corps Commander.

2002 - 2003 Deputy Chief of General Staff of the Bulgarian Armed Forces for Resources.

2003 - 2006 Chief of Land Forces Headquarters.

2006 - Chief of General Staff of the Bulgarian Armed Forces.

Education:

1969 He finished the Electrical Industry Technical School, Kyustendil.

1969 - 1973 Vasil Levski Army Academy.

1978 - 1980 National War College.

1993 - 1995 General Staff College, Moscow, Russia.

1999 Defence Language Institute, San Antonio, Texas, USA.

Promotions:

1973 Lieutenant.

1976 First Lieutenant.

1980 Captain.

1985 Major.

1989 Lieutenant Colonel.

1992 Colonel.

1997 Major General.

2002 Lieutenant General.

2006 General.

Awards and Decorations: 4 medals and special awards presented by the Minister of Defence – pistol, hunter’s knife, and organizational symbol.

Foreign Languages: English, Russian

Marital Status: Married, two daughters.