Chief of the Romanian General Staff

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Chief of Romanian General Staff
Şeful Statului Major General
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Coat of arms of the Romanian General Staff
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Identification flag of the Romanian General Staff (reverse and obverse)
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Incumbent
General-locotenent Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă

since 1 January 2015
Romanian Armed Forces
Appointer Klaus Iohannis
President of Romania
Term length 4 years, can be extended up to 5 years
Formation 12 November 1859
First holder Grigore Gărdescu
Website http://smg.mapn.ro/

The Chief of General Staff (Romanian: Şeful Statului Major General) is the highest professional military authority in the Romanian Armed Forces. He is appointed by the President of Romania, at the National Defense Minister’s proposal (with the approval of the Prime Minister) on a four-year period, with the possibility of one year extension. The Deputy Chief of General Staff or one of the Chiefs of the Services can be appointed in this position.

Role of the General Staff[edit]

According to Law no. 346 from 21 July 2006 (art. 12), the General Staff provides for:

  • Force command;
  • Organization;
  • Planning and making operational;
  • Gradual increase of readiness levels;
  • RAF’s mobilization;
  • Conduct of joint operations;
  • Troops’ training;
  • Basic and specialty training of the active-duty and reserve military personnel;
  • Military personnel individual career management;
  • Armaments planning;
  • Standardization in the military field;
  • Implementation of the C4ISR, logistic and infrastructure system;
  • Conduct of the international military relations;
  • Religious assistance in the MoND;
  • Signing technical agreements with other states armed forces;
  • Promotion of the military culture and civil education values.

The Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee is established at the level of the General Staff. The Committee is a deliberative structure, having a consultative role. The Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee meets to discuss important topics with regard to the Romanian Armed Forces’ activity, usually quarterly or whenever necessary.

The Chief of General Staff is also the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee.

The Gallery of the Chiefs of General Staff consists of 48 Flag and Commissioned Officers in the 1859–2006 timeframe.

List of the Chiefs of the General Staff[edit]

Service branches
No. Rank Name Portrait Term start Term end
1 Colonel Grigore Gărdescu No image.png 8 January 1860 29 January 1860
2 Maior Istratie Sămăşescu No image.png 29 January 1860 30 May 1860
3 General Ion Emanuel Florescui Emanoil Ion Florescu 01.jpg 30 May 1860 30 August 1860
(3) General Ion Emanuel Florescuii Emanoil Ion Florescu 01.jpg 21 April 1864 1 May 1866
4 Colonel Gheorghe Slăniceanui GheorgheSlaniceanu1.jpg 27 April 1877 18 August 1877
5 Colonel Constantin Barozzii ConstantinBarozzi.jpg 18 August 1877 20 October 1877
6 General Ștefan Fălcoianui No image.png 20 October 1877 1878
(4) Colonel Gheorghe Slăniceanuii GheorgheSlaniceanu1.jpg 1878 22 February 1879
7 General Alexandru Cernat AlexandruCernat.jpg 1881 1882
(4) Colonel Gheorghe Slăniceanuiii GheorgheSlaniceanu1.jpg 1882 1883
(6) General Ștefan Fălcoianuii No image.png 15 April 1883 23 May 1884
(8) Colonel Nicolae Dona No image.png 23 May 1884 13 January 1886
(6) General Ștefan Fălcoianuiii No image.png 13 January 1886 18 June 1894
9 General Iacob Lahovary General Iacob Lahovary (W Le Queux).jpg 1 October 1894 1 October 1895
(5) Colonel Constantin Barozziii ConstantinBarozzi.jpg 1 October 1895 1 October 1898
10 General Constantin Poenaru ConstantinPoenaru.jpg 1 October 1898 1 April 1901
11 General de brigadă Alexandru Cărcăleteanu AlexandruCarcaleteanu.jpg 1 April 1901 1 April 1904
12 General de brigadă Nicolae Tătărăscu No image.png 1 April 1904 1 April 1907
13 General Grigore C. Crăiniceanu 1910 - gen Grigore Crăiniceanu - ministrul de război.PNG 1 April 1907 1 November 1909
14 General Adjutant Ion G. Istrati 1916 - Generalul Ion G. Istrati - comandantul Diviziei 7 Infanterie.png 1 November 1909 31 March 1911
15 General de Divizie Vasile Zottui 1916 - General Vasile Zottu.png 31 March 1911 18 November 1911
16 General Alexandru Averescu Alexandru Averescu - Foto01.jpg 18 November 1911 2 December 1913
17 General Constantin Cristescui ConstantinCristescu.jpg 2 December 1913 1 April 1914
(15) General de Divizie Vasile Zottuii 1916 - General Vasile Zottu.png 1 April 1914 25 October 1916
18 General de brigadă Dumitru Iliescu General de brigada Iliescu Dumitru.jpg 25 October 1916 5 December 1916
19 General de Divizie Adjutant Constantin Prezani Prezan-Constantin.jpg 5 December 1916 1 April 1918
(17) General Constantin Cristescuii ConstantinCristescu.jpg 1 April 1918 28 October 1918
(19) General de Divizie Adjutant Constantin Prezanii Prezan-Constantin.jpg 28 October 1918 20 March 1920
(17) General Constantin Cristescuiii ConstantinCristescu.jpg 1 April 1920 8 May 1923
18 General de brigadă Alexandru Gorski No image.png 8 May 1923 1 October 1923
19 General de Divizie Alexandru Lupescu AlexandruLupescu.jpg 1 October 1923 21 June 1927
20 General Nicolae Samsonovicii No image.png 21 June 1927 11 August 1932
21 General de Divizie Constantin Lăzărescu ConstantinLazarescu.jpg 11 August 1932 31 November 1933
22 General Ion Antonescu Ion antonescu.png 1 December 1933 11 December 1934
(20) General Nicolae Samsonoviciii No image.png 11 December 1934 1 February 1937
23 General de Divizie Ion Sichitiu No image.png 1 February 1937 1 November 1937
24 General de Divizie Ştefan Gh. Ionescu No image.png 1 November 1937 1 February 1939
25 General de Divizie Adjutant Florea Ţenescu No image.png 1 February 1939 23 August 1940
26 General de Armată Adjutant Gheorghe Mihaili No image.png 23 August 1940 6 September 1940
27 General de Brigadă Alexandru Ioaniţiu AlexandruIoanitiu.jpg 6 September 1940 17 September 1941
28 General de Corp de Armată Adjutant Iosif Iacobici No image.png 22 September 1941 20 January 1942
29 General de Corp de Armată Ilie Șteflea IlieSteflea.jpg 20 January 1942 23 August 1944
(26) General de Armată Adjutant Gheorghe Mihailii No image.png 23 August 1944 12 October 1944
30 General de Corp de Armată Adjutant Nicolae Rădescu Nicolae Radescu.jpg 15 October 1944 6 December 1944
31 General de Corp de Armată Constantin Sănătescu ConstantinSanatescu.jpg 11 December 1944 20 June 1945
32 General de Corp de Armată Costin Ionaşcu No image.png 20 June 1945 27 December 1947
33 General-colonel Constantin Gh. Popescu ConstantinGhPopescu.jpg 30 January 1948 18 March 1950
34 General de Armată Leontin Sălăjan Leontin Salajan.jpg 18 March 1950 26 April 1954
35 General (R.) Ion Tutoveanu No image.png 26 April 1954 15 June 1965
36 General (R.) Ion Gheorghe No image.png 15 June 1965 29 November 1974
37 General-locotenent (R.) Ion Coman No image.png 29 November 1974 16 June 1976
38 General-locotenent Ion Hortopan No image.png 1 July 1976 31 March 1980
39 General-colonel Vasile Milea VasileMilea.jpg 31 March 1980 16 February 1985
40 General-maior Ștefan Gușă No image.png 25 September 1986 28 December 1989
41 General (R.) Vasile Ionel No image.png 29 December 1989 2 May 1991
42 General (R.) Dumitru Cioflină No image.png 3 May 1991 22 January 1997
43 General (R.) Constantin Degeratu ConstantinDegeratu.jpg 22 January 1997 7 March 2000
44 General-locotenent (R.) Mircea Chelaru No image.png 7 March 2000 31 October 2000
45 General (R.) Mihail Eugen Popescu No image.png 31 October 2000 25 October 2004
46 General Eugen Bădălan EugenBadalan.jpg 25 October 2004 13 September 2006
47 Amiral Gheorghe Marin US Navy 090804-N-4205W-272 Romanian Navy Chief of Staff Adm. Gheorge Marin fires an M-240B machine gun during a visit to the Naval Small Craft Instruction and Technical Training School.jpg 13 September 2006 31 December 2010
48 General Ştefan Dănilă Stefan danila 003.png 1 January 2011 31 December 2014
49 General-locotenent Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă.jpg 1 January 2015 Incumbent

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