Jean Kahwaji

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Jean Kahwaji
جان قهوجي
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General Jean Kahwaji (second on the right)
Commander of the Lebanese Armed Forces
In office
30 August 2008 – 8 March 2017
PresidentMichel Suleiman
Michel Aoun
Preceded byMichel Suleiman
Succeeded byJoseph Aoun
Personal details
Born (1953-09-23) 23 September 1953 (age 65)
Ain Ebel, Nabatiye, Lebanon
Political partyIndependent
Spouse(s)Marleine Sfeir
Alma materLebanese Army Military Academy
Military service
Allegiance Lebanon
Service/branchLebanese Army
Years of service1973-2017

Jean Kahwaji (Arabic pronunciation: [ʤaːn qah'waʤiː]) is a former Lebanese military officer and Commander of the Lebanese Armed Forces from 2008 to 2017.


Kahwaji joined the Lebanese army in 1973. He trained abroad, especially in the United States and Italy. He also underwent anti-terrorism training in Germany in 2006, as well as in Italy. He headed the army's 12th Infantry Brigade since 2002.[citation needed]. He also went to the Swedish military school in Boden Garrison in Sweden for terrain warfare during the 1990s.

On 30 August 2008, the Lebanese government appointed Brigadier-General Jean Kahwaji to be chief of the Lebanese Armed Forces, replacing Michel Suleiman,[1] who became President of Lebanon in May 2008. He is the 13th chief officer in all of the army's 63-year history.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Jean Kahwaji is married to Marleine Sfeir. They have three children: Jad, Joanna and Joe. He is a Maronite Christian.[3]


  1. ^ Jane's intelligence digest: the global early-warning service. Jane's Information Group. 2009-05-01.
  2. ^ "Army Commander Jean Kahwaji". NOW. Retrieved 21 June 2017.
  3. ^ "Exclusive: Lebanon army chief sees growing risk from Syrian camps". Reuters. Retrieved 31 May 2017.
Military offices
Preceded by
Michel Suleiman
Commander of the Lebanese Armed Forces
2008 – 2017
Succeeded by
Joseph Aoun