Ministry of Defense (Venezuela)

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Ministry of Defense in Caracas.

The Venezuelan Ministry of the Popular Participation for the Defense is the federal-level organ responsible for maintaining the Venezuelan armed forces. As of July 2013, this ministry is headed by Carmen Melendez, after her promotion to rank of admiral-in-chief. She became the first woman in this rank and position in Venezuelan history.[1] The ministry coordinates numerous counter-narcotics operations (e.g., Operation Sierra through the CUFAN organ), helps perform various civil support and social development programs, and oversees the conventional military capabilities of Venezuela.

Timeline of the Ministry[edit]

  • 1810 Established as War and Navy Bureau
  • 1863 Ministry of War
  • 1874 Ministry of War and Navy
  • 1946 Became Ministry of National Defense
  • 1951 Name amended to Ministry of Defense
  • 2007 Renamed Ministry of People's Power for Defense by presidential decree

Lists of Ministers of Defense[edit]

Ministers of Defense of the Republic of Venezuela
# Minister Period President
Beginning of term End of term
1 Commander Lino de Clemente 1810 1812 Cristóbal Mendoza
2 Commander Lino de Clemente 1812 1812 Francisco Espejo
3 Commander Lino de Clemente 1812 1812 Francisco de Miranda
4 Commander Lino de Clemente 1813 1814 Simón Bolívar
5 Tomás Montilla 1817 1821 Simón Bolívar
6 Major General Pedro Briceño Méndez 1821 1825 Simón Bolívar
7 Lieutenant General Carlos Soublette 1825 1828 Simón Bolívar
8 Lieutenant General Rafael Urdaneta 1828 1829 Simón Bolívar
9 Lieutenant General Carlos Soublette 1829 1835 José Antonio Páez
10 Francisco Conde 1835 1835 José María Vargas
11 Francisco Hernáiz 1836 1836 José María Vargas
12 Francisco Hernáiz 1836 1837 Andrés Navarte
13 Guillermo Smith 1837 1839 Carlos Soublette
14 Lieutenant General Rafael Urdaneta 1839 1843 José Antonio Páez
15 Rafael Urdaneta 1843 1847 Carlos Soublette
16 Francisco Mejia 1847 1851 José Tadeo Monagas
17 Francisco Mejia 1851 1855 José Gregorio Monagas
18 Francisco Mejia 1855 1858 José Tadeo Monagas
19 Domingo Hernández 1858 1859 Julián Castro
20 Domingo Hernández 1859 1861 Manuel Felipe Tovar
21 Manuel Ezequiel Bruzual 1863 1864 Juan Crisóstomo Falcón
22 José Ruperto Monagas 1864 1868 Juan Crisostomo Falcon
23 José Ruperto Monagas 1868 1870 José Ruperto Monagas
24 José Ignacio Pulido 1870 1874 Antonio Guzmán Blanco
25 Major General Joaquín Crespo 1874 1877 Antonio Guzmán Blanco
26 Major General Ramón Guerra 1892 1894 Joaquín Crespo
27 José Ignacio Pulido 1899 1902 Cipriano Castro
28 Ramón Guerra 1902 1903 Cipriano Castro
29 José María García Gómez 1903 1903 Cipriano Castro
30 Manuel Salvador Araujo 1903 1904 Cipriano Castro
31 Juaquin Garrido 1904 1905 Cipriano Castro
32 José María García Gómez 1905 1906 Cipriano Castro
33 Brigadier Diego Bautista Ferrer (acting) 1906 1906 Cipriano Castro
34 Manuel Salvador Araujo 1906 1907 Cipriano Castro
35 Major General Diego Bautista Ferrer 1907 1908 Cipriano Castro
36 Major General Régulo Olivares 1908 1911 Juan Vicente Gómez [2]
37 Manuel Vicente Castro Zavala 1911 1912 Juan Vicente Gómez
38 Ismael Pereira Álvarez 1912 1913 Juan Vicente Gómez
39 Victorino Márquez Bustillos 1913 1914 Juan Vicente Gómez
40 Carlos Jiménez Rebolledo 1914 1922 Victorino Márquez Bustillos
41 Carlos Jiménez Rebolledo 1922 1929 Juan Vicente Gómez
42 Brigadier Tobías Utribe 1929 1931 Juan Bautista Pérez
43 Major General Eleazar López Contreras 1931 1935 Juan Vicente Gómez
44 Brigadier Antonio Chalboud Cardona 1935 1936 Eleazar López Contreras
45 Major General Isaias Medina Angarita 1936 1941 Eleazar López Contreras
46 Brigadier Antonio Chalboud Cardona 1941 1942 Isaias Medina Angarita
47 Major General Juan de Cios Celis Paredes 1942 1943 Isaias Medina Angarita
48 Carlos Meyer 1943 1943 Isaias Medina Angarita
49 Brigadier Manuel Morán 1943 1945 Isaias Medina Angarita
50 Major General Delfín Becerra 1945 1945 Isaias Medina Angarita
51 Lieutenant Colonel Carlos Delgado Chalbaud 1945 1946 Rómulo Betancourt
52 Lieutenant Colonel Carlos Delgado Chalbaud 1946 1948 Rómulo Betancourt
53 Lieutenant Colonel Carlos Delgado Chalbaud 1948 1948 Rómulo Gallegos
54 Lieutenant Colonel Marcos Pérez Jiménez 1948 1950 Carlos Delgado Chalbaud
55 Lieutenant Colonel Marcos Pérez Jiménez 1950 1952 Germán Suárez Flamerich
56 Colonel Marcos Pérez Jiménez(acting) 1952 1953 Marcos Pérez Jiménez
57 Oscar Mazzei Carta 1953 1958 Marcos Pérez Jiménez
58 Major General Rómulo Fernández 1958 1958 Marcos Pérez Jiménez
59 Major General Marcos Pérez Jiménez (acting) 1958 1958 Marcos Pérez Jiménez
60 Major General Jesús Castro León 1958 1958 Rómulo Betancourt [3]
61 Brigadier Josué López Hernández 1958 1961 Rómulo Betancourt
62 Brigadier Antonio Briceño Linares 1961 1964 Rómulo Betancourt
63 Major General Ramón Florencio Gómez 1964 1969 Raúl Leoni
64 Marín García Villasmil 1969 1971 Rafael Caldera
65 Jesús Carbonel Izquierdo 1971 1972 Rafael Caldera
66 Gustavo Pardi Dávila 1972 1974 Rafael Caldera
67 Homero Leal Torres 1974 1976 Carlos Andrés Pérez
68 Francisco Álvarez Torres 1979 1977 Carlos Andrés Pérez
69 Francisco Paredes Bello 1977 1979 Carlos Andrés Pérez
70 Fernando Paredes Bello 1979 1979 Luis Herrera Campins
71 Luis Rangel Burgoing 1979 1980 Luis Herrera Campins
72 Tomás Abreu Rescaniere 1980 1981 Luis Herrera Campins
73 Bernardo Leal Puchi 1981 1982 Luis Herrera Campins
74 Vicente Narváez Churión 1982 1983 Luis Herrera Campins
75 Humberto Alcalde Álvarez 1983 1984 Luis Herrera Campins
76 Humberto Alcalde Álvarez 1984 1984 Jaime Lusinchi
77 Andrés Brito Martínez 1984 1986 Jaime Lusinchi
78 José Cardozo Grimaldi 1986 1987 Jaime Lusinchi
79 Major General Eliodoro Guerrero 1987 1988 Jaime Lusinchi
80 Major General Italo del Valle Alliegro 1988 1989 Jaime Lusinchi
81 Major General Italo del Valle Alliegro 1989 1989 Carlos Andrés Pérez
82 Major General Filmo López Uzcátegui 1989 1990 Carlos Andrés Pérez
83 Héctor Jurado Toro 1990 1991 Carlos Andrés Pérez
84 Fernándo Ochoa Antich 1991 1992 Carlos Andrés Pérez
85 Iván Jiménez Sánchez 1992 1993 Carlos Andrés Pérez
86 Iván Jiménez Sánchez 1993 1993 Octavio Lepage
87 Iván Jiménez Sánchez 1993 1993 Ramón J Velásquez <
88 Radamés Muñoz León 1993 1993 Ramón J Velásquez
89 Rafael Montero Ravette 1993 1994 Ramón J Velásquez
90 Rafael Montero Ravette 1994 1995 Rafael Caldera
91 Moisés Orozco Graterol 1995 1996 Rafael Caldera
92 Pedro Valencia Vivas 1996 1997 Rafael Caldera
93 Rear Admiral (upper half)
Tito Rincón
1997 1999 Rafael Caldera
94 Major General Raúl Salazar 1999 1999 Hugo Chávez
95 Major General Ismael Hurtado 1999 2000 Hugo Chávez
96 Major General José Vicente Rangel 2000 2002 Hugo Chávez
97 Lieutenant General Lucas Rincon Romero 2002 2002 Hugo Chávez
98 Major General José Luis Prieto 2002 2004 Hugo Chávez
99 Lieutenant General Jorge Luis García Carneiro 2004 2005 Hugo Chávez
100 Vice Admiral Orlando Maniglia 2005 2006 Hugo Chávez
101 General Raúl Baduel 2006 2007 Hugo Chávez
102 General Gustavo Rangel Briceño 2007 2009 Hugo Chávez
103 Lieutenant General Ramón Carrizales 2009 2010 Hugo Chávez
104 General Carlos Mata Figueroa 2010 2012 Hugo Chávez
105 General Henry Rangel Siva 2012 2012 Hugo Chávez
106 Admiral Diego Molero 2012 2013 Hugo Chávez
107 Admiral Diego Molero 2013 2013 Nicolás Maduro
108 Admiral Carmen Meléndez 2013 2014 Nicolás Maduro
108 General Vladimir Padrino López[4] 2014 Present Nicolás Maduro

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.avn.info.ve/contenido/carmen-melendez-first-woman-defense-minister-venezuela
  2. ^ "Gobierno de Juan Vicente Gómez 1908- 1935 (Venezuela)". Monografias (in Spanish). Retrieved 26 May 2014. 
  3. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20070513123641/http://www.mindefensa.gov.ve/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=141&Itemid=89&limit=1&limitstart=0
  4. ^ http://www.vtv.gob.ve/articulos/2014/10/24/designan-a-carmen-melendez-como-ministra-de-interior-justicia-y-paz-y-a-vladimir-padrino-lopez-como-ministro-de-la-defesa-7695.html

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