Amer "Mohammad Baseem" Rafiq Khammash
|عامر "محمد بسيم" رفيق الخماش|
|Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Jordanian Armed Forces|
9 October 1967 – 27 October 1968
|Prime Minister||Bahjat Talhouni|
|Preceded by||Habis al-Majali|
|Succeeded by||Mashour Haditha Al-Jazy|
|Minister of Transport|
13 August 1969 – 26 August 1969
|Minister of Defence|
30 June 1969 – 26 August 1969
14 November 1924|
13 February 2010 (aged 85)|
|Service/branch||Royal Jordanian Army|
|Years of service||1941-1969|
|Battles/wars||Palestine War (1947-49)Six Day War (1967)War of Attrition (1967–70)Battle of Karameh (1968)|
Amer Khammash,OI OSJ SOR (born in Al-Salt, Transjordan on 14 November 1924) was a Jordanian Lieutenant General, political and personal adviser to King Hussein of Jordan as well as being His Majesty's Special representative, and being the Chief of The Royal Hashemite Court twice. Along with being a member of the Senate of Jordan for five different terms.
He was the son of a lawyer and judge "Mohammad Baseem" Khammash, who was well known for being the country's first court judge. Amongst his achievements, General Khammash was the first recognized Jordanian pilot and received his pilot training in Middle Wallop in the United Kingdom in 1949, and received his wings in 1950 from the Late Founder of Jordan, King Abdullah I. He returned to Jordan and later attended United States Army Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas in 1958, where his portrait hangs in The Hall of Fame in the Staff College.
After graduating from the College he returned to Jordan and was promoted to General Chief of Staff in 1967 after the Six-Day War. Following this he held various high ranking positions such as: Minister of Defence, Personal Representative of his Majesty King Hussein, Minister of the Royal Hashemite Court, and Personal and Political Advisor to His Majesty King Hussein until he was appointed to the Upper House of the Parliament of Jordan in 1988. He held this position until the year 2000.
General Khammash died after a short illness in Amman, Jordan on 13 February 2010 at the age of 85. He was afforded a full military funeral in Jordan, which was televised throughout the Middle East. General Khammash is survived by his two sons Mazen and Maher, and daughter Suzi,and 9 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.
Awards and decorations
Amongst his many achievements and medals that he received in his well-accomplished career, the most notable were the Légion d'honneur, the highest-ranking French decoration, which was awarded to him by President Charles De Gaulle of France. Queen Elizabeth II also presented him with an Associate Knighthood of the Venerable Order of St John. He was also awarded the highest honor medals from King Hussein bin Talal for duties to his country: Grand Cordon (1st class) of the Order of Independence, Grand Cordon (1st class) of the Order of the Star of Jordan and Grand Cordon with Brilliants of the Supreme Order of the Renaissance. He also received the Vatican Medal from Pope John Paul II and many other Medals from various Arab and International Leaders. During his career, General Khammash met numerous Heads of State including every U.S President starting with Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1958 and culminating with President Bill Clinton in 1992.
- United States:
- Commander of the Legion of Merit
- United Kingdom:
- Associate Knight of Grace of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem
- "THE MOST VENERABLE ORDER OF THE HOSPITAL OF ST. JOHN OF JERUSALEM" (PDF). The London Gazette. 29 July 1982. Retrieved 20 October 2011.