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CHIEF OF GENERAL STAFF OF THE SLOVENIAN ARMED FORCES

Major General ALAN GEDER

 

 

Major General Alan Geder was born on 21 August 1958 in Lendava. He became an employee of the Territorial Defence force in 1988 after being its member since the formation of the National Defence Manoeuvre Structure. In 1991, he took an active part in the War for Slovenia and was commander of campaigns in Gederovci and Gornja Radgona.

 

Education:

• 1980-1984: Faculty of Sport, Ljubljana

• Since 1988: several training courses at the battalion and brigade levels in Slovenia and abroad

• 2004 - 2005: Army War College, USA

 

Career in the Slovenian Armed Forces (SAF):

• 1988-1991: Commander, Territorial Defence Municipal HQ, Gornja Radgona

• 1991-1992: Deputy Commander and Executive Officer, Territorial Defence District HQ, Murska Sobota

• 1992-1995: Commander, 74th Armoured Mechanised Battalion

• 1995-1999: Commander, 4th Regional Command, Postojna

• 1999: Commander, 82nd Brigade

• 1999-2003: Chief of Staff, 3rd Operational Command, Celje 

2003-2005: Chief, G-3, Force Command

• 2005-2006: Chief INFO OPS, ALTHEA, Bosnia and Herzegovina

• 2005-2006: Deputy Commander, Doctrine and Development Centre

• 2006: Deputy Commander, Force Command

• 2006-2010: Commander, Force Command

• 2010-2011: Deputy Chief of the General Staff, SAF

• 2011-2015: National Military Representative to NATO and the EU

• 2015: Deputy Chief of the General Staff, SAF

• 2018: Chief of the General Staff, SAF

 

 

He was promoted to the rank of Major General in May 2010. 

 

 

Major General Geder received several decorations of the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Slovenia and foreign armed forces. The most important decorations include: Gold Medal of General Maister with Swords; Silver and Bronze Medals of General Maister; Badge of the Manoeuvre Structure of National Defence (MSNZ); Bronze and Silver Medals of the Slovenian Armed Forces; Badge in commemoration of engagements at Gornja Radgona; MSNZ Order, Grade 3; Silver Award presented by the SAF Chief of the General Staff; Bronze Sword of the SAF Force Command, Commemorative Cross of the Republic of Italy, and Medal for Meritorious Service of the Slovak Republic.

 

 

He lives with his family in Radenci.

 

Major General Dobran Božič was born on 22 September 1964 in Trbovlje.

EDUCATION
1990    Bachelor of Science (Chemistry and Chemical Engineering), Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, University of Ljubljana
1998    Master of Science (Management and Organisations), Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana
2009    Master of Science, National Defense University, Washington D.C.

BASIC MILITARY EDUCATION
1984    Reserve Officer School
    
ADVANCED MILITARY EDUCATION
2001    Command and General Staff College, Ft. Leavenworth, USA
2006    Joint Warfighting Staff College, National Defense University, Norfolk, USA
2009    National War College, National Defense University, Washington D.C., USA
    
ADDITIONAL MILITARY TRAINING
1997    Defence Resource Management Course, Ljubljana/Washington D.C., USA
1998    Legal Aspects of Peace Operations Course, Naval War College, Newport, USA
2002    Multinational Command Officers’ Course
2003    NATO Peace Operations Course
2004    International Unit Training Course, Land Warfare Center, Great Britain

CURRENT DUTY IN THE SLOVENIAN ARMED FORCES
27 February 2012 – ...    Chief of the General Staff of the Slovenian Armed Forces

PREVIOUS DUTIES IN THE SAF
2011-2012    Advisor to Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Slovenian Armed Forces
2011-2011    Commander, Slovenian ISAF Contingent, Afghanistan
2009-2011    Commander, 1st Brigade, Slovenian Armed Forces
2007-2008    Deputy Force Commander of the Slovenian Armed Forces
2005-2007    Deputy Commander, 1st Brigade, Slovenian Armed Forces
2003-2005    Chief, J-7, General Staff of the Slovenian Armed Forces
1999-2003    Commander, 10th International Cooperation Battalion/10th Motorised Battalion
1995-1999    Analysis and Planning Assistant, Territorial Defence Republic Staff
1993-1995    Deputy Chief, NBC Defence, Territorial Defence Republic Staff
1984-1993    Reserve member, Territorial Defence Battalion

INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENT
2011    Mentor to Commander, 207th Corps, ANA, and Commander, Slovenian ISAF Contingent, Afghanistan
2007    Commander, Slovenian KFOR Contingent, Kosovo
2007    Deputy Commander, Multinational Task Force West, KFOR
1999    Commander, Multinational Battalion, “ESPERIA” Military Exercise

MEDALS
o    Silver Medal of the Slovenian Armed Forces
o    Bronze Medal of General Maister
o    Bronze Medal of the Slovenian Armed Forces

LANGUAGES
English

FAMILY
Major General Božič is married to Mateja and they have two daughters.

CAREER PATH
Major General Dobran Božič started his military career in the Territorial Defence of the Republic of Slovenia in 1984 as a reserve officer. His professional military career in the Territorial Defence started in 1993. He is one of the Slovenian Armed Forces members with a great deal of experiences in the professionalization of the Slovenian Armed Forces. He has performed a number of staff and command duties at various command and control levels and has acquired important international experiences, both, in multinational operations and missions and different military exercises. In 2007, he commanded the largest Slovenian Armed Forces Contingent KFOR 15 in Kosovo and at the same time acted as Deputy Commander, Multinational Task Force West, KFOR. In 2011, he was Commander of the Slovenian Contingent ISAF 15 in Afghanistan and at the same time mentored Commander, 207th Corps of the Afghan National Army. He is a veteran of the 1991 War for Slovenia and has authored and co-authored several professional works on military science.