|Oleg Aleksandrovich Kozlov|
April 20, 1963 |
Arzgir, Arzgirsky District, Stavropol Krai, Soviet Union
|Allegiance|| Soviet Union
|Years of service||1980 -|
|Unit||58th Combined Arms Army|
|Commands held||693rd Motorized Infantry Regiment (1993-96)|
First Chechen War
Major General Oleg Aleksandrovich Kozlov (Russian: Олег Александрович Козлов; born April 20, 1963) is a Russian military officer and recipient of the Hero of the Russian Federation, which he received in 1996 for "courage and heroism in the performance of special assignments" during the First Chechen War during which he commanded a regiment of motorized infantry.
Kozlov was born in the village of Arzgir in Stavropol Krai in what was at that time the Soviet Union in 1963 to a family of workers. He graduated from School №1 in Arzgir in 1980, following which he entered the military academy.
After graduating from the Tashkent Higher Tank Command School in 1984 he was assigned to the reserve of the 40th Army of the Turkestan Military District, serving during the Soviet-Afghan War as a motorized infantry commander. Following the conclusion of the war, he served in Hungary, Turkmenistan and Belarus. In 1993, now under the banner of the Russian Federation, he graduated from the Military Academy of Armored Forces following which he served in the First Chechen War in the Republic of North Ossetia, partaking in two tours of duty; the first December 11, 1994 - April 27, 1995 and the second February 19, 1996 - October 8 that year.
By the end of his tours in Chechnya he had attained the rank of Colonel and was awarded the title of Hero of the Russian Federation on October 19, 1996 by then-President Boris Yeltsin. He continued service in the military - serving as an assistant governor of Stavropol Krai, followed by his graduation from the Russian General Staff Academy and promotion to flag officer status. At the current time, he serves as the deputy commander of the Eastern Regional Command of the Russian internal troops, the MVD.