Necdet Özel

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Necdet Özel
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Born 1950 (age 63–64)
Ankara, Turkey
Allegiance  Turkey
Service/branch Turkish Armed Forces
Years of service 1969–present (45 years)
Rank General
Commands held Chief of the General Staff
Commander of Land Forces
Commander of Gendarmerie
2nd Army Command
Aegean Army Command
Training and Doctrine Command
7th Corps Command
39th Mechanized Infantry Command
Chief of Internal Security Operations
172nd Armored Brigade Command
17th Infantry Regiment Command
Awards TAF Courage and Self-Sacrifice Medal
TAF Distinguished Service Medal
TAF Medal of Honor
Romanian Military Legion of Merit
Hero of the Kyrgyz Republic
Mongolian Distinguished Service Medal
Korean Republic National Security Legion of Merit
Saudi Arabia King Abdulaziz Medal of Excellent Rank
Jordan Excellent Gendarmerie Medal

General Necdet Özel (born 1950) is a Turkish Army general currently serving as the 28th Chief of the General Staff[1] of the Turkish Armed Forces. He previously served as the commander of the Turkish Land Forces. General Necdet Özel is only the second in position not to have NATO experience.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

General Necdet Özel, was born in 1950 in Ankara. He graduated from the Military Academy in 1969 and the Infantry School in 1970.

Military career[edit]

He served as a platoon leader and company commander in various units of the Turkish Land Forces Command (TLFC) until 1978. Following his graduation from Army War College in 1980 as a staff officer, he respectively served as Operations Plan Officer at Turkish Peace Forces HQ in Cyprus, Branch Chief and then as the Secretary General at the General Secretariat of Turkish Land Forces, Chief of Staff at the Turkish Military Academy, and as the Commander of the 17th Infantry Regiment.

Having promoted to Brigadier General in 1995, he served as the Commander of the 172nd Armored Brigade and as the Chief of Internal Security Operations Department, TLFC.

After his promotion to Major General in 1999, he assumed the command of 39th Mechanized Infantry Division and of the Army War College.

High command[edit]

In 2003, he was promoted to Lieutenant General and served as the Commander of the 7th Corps and then as the Deputy Commander of Training and Doctrine Command, TLFC.

As a General, he served as the Commander of Aegean Army between 2007-2008, as the Commander of the 2nd Army between 2008-2010, and as the Commander of Gendarmerie between 2010-2011. After serving as the Commander of TLFC and as the Acting Commander of the Turkish Armed Forces between 29 July and 4 August 2011, he assumed the command of Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) in 4 August 2011.

Awards[edit]

General Necdet Özel was awarded TAF Courage and Self-Sacrifice Medal, TAF Distinguished Service Medal, TAF Medal of Honor, Romanian Military Legion of Merit, Hero of the Kyrgyz Republic, Mongolian Distinguished Service Medal, Korean Republic National Security Legion of Merit, Saudi Arabia King Abdulaziz Medal of Excellent Rank and Jordan Excellent Gendarmerie Medal.

Personal life[edit]

Özel is married to Kamuran Özel; they have one child.

References[edit]

Military offices
Preceded by
Avni Atila Işık
Commander of the Turkish Gendarmerie
24 August 2010 – 29 July 2011
Succeeded by
Bekir Kalyoncu
Preceded by
Erdal Ceylanoğlu
Commander of the Turkish Army
29 July 2011 – 4 August 2011
Succeeded by
Hayri Kıvrıkoğlu
Preceded by
Işık Koşaner
Chief of the General Staff of Turkey
4 August 2011 – present
Incumbent