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General of the Army Alexey Fyodorovich Maslov (Russian: Алексей Фëдорович Маслов; born September 23, 1953) is the former Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Ground Forces. He is a graduate of the Tank Troops Military Academy and in the Military Academy of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces.
Born 23 September 1953 in Panskoye, Kursk region, Alexey Maslov was educated at the Kharkiv Higher Tank Command School. His first service tours were in the Carpathian Military District, where he served as tank platoon, company, and battalion commander. In 1984, he earned a degree at the Tank Academy and was appointed as regiment commander (1986) and, later, deputy division commander within the Central Group of Forces in Czechoslovakia. From 1990 to 1994, General Maslov served as deputy division commander, Volga-Ural Military District and, in 1994, assumed command of 15th Guards 'Mozyr' Tank Division, at Chebarkul within the same district.
In 1999, he became Chief of Combat Training in the Siberian Military District. In March 2000, he was appointed as chief of staff and first deputy army commander of 36th Army within the Siberian Military District.
From June 2001 to 2003, General Maslov served as commander of 57th Army Corps in the Siberian Military District. On 22 March 2003, he was appointed as chief of staff & First Deputy Commander, North Caucasus Military District. He later became First Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff of the Ground Forces.
By a Presidential Decree of 5 November 2004 Alexey Maslov assumed the duties as Ground Forces Commander-in-Chief, succeeding General Nikolai Kormiltsev. As Commander-in-Chief, he started to increase number of contract soldiers in the Russian Ground Forces to increase professionalism in the Ground Forces. He was promoted to the rank of General of the Army on 15 December 2006.
In August 2008, he stepped down from the position of the Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Ground Forces, then moved to the Russian Military Representative to NATO. He is replaced by General of the Army Vladimir Boldyrev, former Commander of the Volga-Urals Military District. He retired from active duty in October 2011.
- Scott & Scott, Russian Military Directory 2004, p. 67
- http://mil.ru/eng/1862/12068/12088/12220/12240/index.shtml - Official biography
- Biography at peoples.ru
|Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Ground Forces
November 5, 2004 – August 2008