Vladimer Chachibaia

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Vladimer Chachibaia
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Vladimer Chachibaia as Major General
BornNovember 4, 1971
Allegiance Georgia
Commands heldDefense Forces of Georgia
AwardsUS Legion of Merit Commander ribbon.png Ordre national du Merite Commandeur ribbon.svg
GEO Military Honor Medal BAR.svg GEO Golden Fleece Order BAR.svg

Vladimer Chachibaia (Georgian: ვლადიმერ ჩაჩიბაია) (born 4 November 1971) is a Georgian lieutenant general (2019)[1] and former Chief of Georgian Defense Forces from 20 December 2018 to 1 July 2020, the first to be appointed in this position. His previous top commanding positions included being the Chief of Joint Staff (4 November 2008 – 5 March 2009) and Chief of General Staff of the Georgian Armed Forces (22 November 2016 – 20 December 2018).

Education and early career[edit]

Chachibaia was a private in the Soviet Air Forces from 1989 until 1991, when he joined the newly established National Guard of Georgia as a NCO. He commanded a National Guard platoon in the Georgian Civil War of 1992-1993 and continued his service in the Georgian army as a reconnaissance and special task force officer. He studied at the United Military Academy in Tbilisi, Georgia from 1993 to 1994 and attended several courses of military training in the United States, including at the United States Army War College in the years 2007-2008; he was added to the United States Army Command and General Staff College's International Hall of Fame in 2018.[2]


Chachibaia commanded a Georgian contingent within the Multinational force in Iraq in 2004 and was appointed a commander of the 3rd Infantry Brigade of the Armed Forces of Georgia in 2005. He has since served in the General Staff and was an acting commander of the Georgian Land Forces in 2006. Having briefly served as Head of Education Department of the General Staff in September–November 2008, Chachibaia replaced General Zaza Gogava as the Chief of JS GAF after the August 2008 war with Russia.[3] He briefly served as Deputy Defense Minister in 2009 and became Deputy Chief of General Staff of Georgian Armed Forces in 2012. In 2014 he was promoted to the rank of brigadier-general. In October 2015, Chachibaia was appointed as High Military Adviser of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).[4] From November 2015 to August 2016, he was Rector of the National Defense Academy. He then served as Deputy Chief of General Staff and became Chief of General Staff in November 2016, succeeding General Vakhtang Kapanadze.[5] On 20 December 2018, he became the first holder of the recently created position of the Chief of Georgian Defense Forces.[6]


  1. ^ "საქართველოს პრეზიდენტმა საქართველოს თავდაცვის ძალების 8 წარმომადგენელს სამხედრო წოდებები მიანიჭა". Administration of President of Georgia. 30 April 2019. Retrieved 16 June 2019.
  2. ^ Sarles, Harry (24 August 2018). "Georgian leader added to U.S. Army Command and General Staff College International Hall of Fame". United States Army. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
  3. ^ Chief of Joint Staff Vladimer Chachibaia. Ministry of Defense of Georgia. Retrieved on 2008-12-16.
  4. ^ http://agenda.ge/news/44339/eng
  5. ^ "New Army Chief of Staff Appointed". Civil Georgia. 22 November 2016. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  6. ^ "მთავრობამ პრეზიდენტს თავდაცვის ძალების მეთაურის თანამდებობაზე ვლადიმერ ჩაჩიბაიას კანდიდატურა წარუდგინა" (in Georgian). 1TV. 19 December 2018. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
Military offices
Preceded by
Zaza Gogava
Chief of Joint Staff of the Georgian Armed Forces
2008 – 2009
Succeeded by
Devi Chankotadze
Military offices
Preceded by
Batu Kutelia
First Deputy Defense Minister
Succeeded by
Nodar Kharshiladze
Military offices
Preceded by
Vakhtang Kapanadze
Chief of General Staff of Georgian Armed Forces
2016 – 2018
Succeeded by
Zaza Chkhaidze
Military offices
Preceded by
Chief of Georgian Defense Forces
2018 – present
Succeeded by
Giorgi Matiashvili