Chief of the Georgian Defence Forces
Vladimer Chachibaia
Chief of the Georgian Defence Forces

Military rank: Lieutenant General
Date of Birth: 4 November, 1971


2004 Customs Academy of Georgia, Faculty of Law, Tbilisi.

Military Education:

2007-2008       US Army War College (Carlisle, PA)

2002-2003       US Army Command and General Staff College (Fort Leavenworth, Kansas)

1999                US Army Infantry Officer Basic Course (Fort Benning, Georgia)

1993-1994       United Military Academy of Georgia


2016 Basic Fire Safety Training, UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), Kabul, Afghanistan. 
2005 Military Justice Development, US Defense Institute of International Legal Studies, Tbilisi Georgia;
2003 The Military and Media and Democracy, William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications and Office of International Programs, Lawrence, Kansas, USA;
2003 Basic Property of Accountability Manual Procedures, Tbilisi, Georgia; 
2003 Mobile Training Team Staff Integration Course, Tbilisi, Georgia;
2002 English Language Course, Defense Language Institute, Texas, USA;
2001 Airborne Training, Special Forces, Tbilisi, Georgia;
2000 Avalanche training, Andermat, Switzerland;
2000 Ski-mounting training, Andermat, Switzerland;
2000 Sniper School, Special Forces, Tbilisi, Georgia;
1999 English Language Course, Defence Language Institute, Texas, USA;
1998 General and Military English and Orientation Course; the University College of Ripon and York, UK; 
1995 Special Reconnaissance Course;

Foreign languages: English, Russian

Marital status: married, three children


Other Achievements:


2018 - Honorable Member of the United States Army War College Hall of Fame

2017 - Honorable Member of the United States Army War College Alumni Association

2017 - Honorable Member of the United States Army Command and General Staff College Hall of Fame

2002 - Honorary citizenship of Leavenworth, Kansas, United States of America

1999 - Member of Association of the United States Army

1998 - Honorary citizenship of the state of Georgia, United States of America

Work Experience:

12.2018 - till present Chief of Georgian Defence Forces;

11.201612.2018 Chief of the General Staff of the GAF;

08.2016-11.2016 First Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the GAF;
2016 Senior Military Advisor in the UN Assistance Mission in UNAMA, Afghanistan;
11.2015-08.2016 Rector of LEPL Davit Agmashenebeli National Defence Academy;
12. 2013-11.2015 1st Deputy Chief of the Joint Staff of the GAF;
12.2012 – 12.2013 Deputy Chief of the Joint Staff of the GAF;
2010-2012 Senior Counselor, Embassy of Georgia to USA, Canada and Mexico;
2009 Special Envoy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs;
2009 First Deputy Minister of Defence;
11.2008-03.2009 Chief of the Joint Staff of the GAF;
07.2008-11.2008 Head of Education Department, Joint Staff of GAF;
2007 Chief of J-3 Department, Joint Staff of the GAF;
2006 Chief of Staff of Land Forces and Acting Commander of Land Forces; 
2006 Deputy Chief of the Joint Staff of the GAF;
2005 -2006 Head of J-3 Department of General Staff;
2005 III Infantry Brigade Commander;
2003-2005 Chief of Staff, I Infantry Brigade;
2004 Commander of the Georgian Military Contingent in Iraq;
2002-2003 Personnel Officer, Special Forces Brigade;
2001-2002 Chief of G-2, Special Forces Brigade;
2000-2001 Combat Readiness Officer, QRF;
1999-2000 Deputy Instructor Group Commander of QRF;
1998-1999 S-3 Officer, Separate Reconnaissance Battalion;
1996-1998 Deputy Commander, Reconnaissance Battalion;
1995-1996 AGS-17 Platoon Commander, Reconnaissance Battalion;
1994-1995 Infantry Platoon Leader, the 25th Infantry Brigade;
1993-1994 Cadet of Military Academy;
1992-1993 Platoon Leader, National Guard;
1991-1992 NCO, National Guard;
1989-1991 Private, Air Forces, USSR, Telavi, Georgia;


2019 French National Order of Merit (Commander)

2019 The Medal “White Giorgi”

2019 Pistol “SIG SAUER”

2019 The Lietuva Medal “Military Service”

2018 US Legion of Merit (Commander)

2017 MOD Medal for "Participation in Peacekeeping Operations". Islamic Republic of Afghanistan;

2017 The Home Guard Meritorious Service Medal;

2017 The Medal “Didgori Cross”

2017 Pistol “Glock-17”

2016 The Medal “Devoted to Homeland”

2016 The UN Special Service Medal awarded by UN Secretary General;

2016 Letter of Appreciation by Special Representative of Secretary General for Afghanistan;

2016 Commemorative Medal for International Military Cooperation awarded by Ministry of Defense of Mongolia;

2015 Service Pistol;

2014 Sniper Rifle “CBM”

2013 Medal for Meritorious Service at the Ministry of Defence of Georgia, 1st degree;

2008 Medal for Meritorious Service at the Ministry of Defence of Georgia, 2nd degree;

2008 Pistol “Glock -17”;

2007 Pistol "Glock-19";

2006 Medal "General Mazniashvili";

2002 Pistol "Makarov";

1999 Medal for Combat Achievement;