Devi Chankotadze

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Devi Chankotadze
General Devi Chankotadze
Born (1961-09-01) September 1, 1961 (age 55)
Allegiance  Georgia
Service/branch Georgian Army
Rank GAF Lieutenant General new.jpg (honorary)
Commands held Georgian Armed Forces
Awards GEO St-George Victory Order BAR.svg GEO Vakhtang Gorgasal Order 3rank BAR.svg
Us legion of merit legionnaire.png The Presidential Order of Excellence.png

Devi Chankotadze (Georgian: დევი ჭანკოტაძე) (born September 1, 1961) is a Georgian Lieutenant-General, who served as the Chief of Joint Staff of the Georgian Armed Forces from March 5, 2009, to October 8, 2012.


Born in Gori, Georgia, Chankotadze was trained at the Soviet Tbilisi Artillery School (1978–1982) and the Chinese PLA National Defense University (2001).[1] Chankotadze served in the Soviet military since 1982 before joining the National Guard of Georgia in 1990. During the 1990s, he commanded various artillery units in the military of a newly independent Georgia and also fought in the civil wars of the early 1990s. In 1999, he was promoted to the rank of Major General. He then served as a deputy Chief of General Staff of the Georgian Armed Forces from 2000 to 2004 and then as a military envoy at the CIS military cooperation staff and a defense attaché until being dismissed from the Georgian military in October 2005. He resumed service in October 2007 in the capacity of the commander of an artillery brigade, a position he held during the August 2008 war with Russia.[1] After the war, in November 2008, Chankotadze was appointed a Deputy Chief of Joint Staff of the Georgian Armed Forces in a major army reshuffle initiated to address the shortcomings during the August conflict.[2] The Russian daily Kommersant quoted the Ministry of Defense of Georgia (MoD), describing Chankotadze as "the one to have best distinguished himself during the hostilities."[3]

Chankotadze served as the Deputy Chief of Joint Staff of the Georgian Armed Forces from August 2008 to March 2009 and Chief of Joint Staff from March 2009 to October 2012.[4] He retired from the Georgian military on April 11, 2013 receiving an honorary promotion to the rank of lieutenant general.[5]


Chankotadze has been awarded with Vakhtang Gorgasali Order, 3rd Rank (1995), Badge for Devotion (1st Rank, 2002), Medal for Meritorious Service in the MoD (1st Rank, 2008),[1] St. George's Order of Victory (2009),[6] Vakhtang Gorgasali Order, 1st Rank (2010), Medal "Devoted to the Homeland" (2010), Medal "Kakutsa Cholokashvili" (2010), Medal "General Kvinitadze" (2010), Medal "Giorgi Mazniashvili" (2010), Presidential Order of Brilliance (2010), the U.S. Legion of Merit (2013), and NATO Plaque (2013).[5]


  1. ^ a b c Devi Chankotadze. Ministry of Defense of Georgia. March 5, 2009
  2. ^ New Army Chief of Staff Appointed. Civil Georgia. November 4, 2008
  3. ^ Purge in Georgia’s army. Kommersant. September 5, 2008
  4. ^ New Chief of Joint Staff of Armed Forces Appointed. Civil Georgia. October 9, 2012
  5. ^ a b LTG Chankotadze Retirement Ceremony. Ministry of Defence of Georgia. April 11, 2013.
  6. ^ Generals Were Invested with the St. George's Victory Orders. Ministry of Defence of Georgia. April 20, 2009
Military offices
Preceded by
Vladimer Chachibaia
Chief of Joint Staff of the Georgian Armed Forces
2009 – 2012
Succeeded by
Giorgi Kalandadze