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Lieutenant General Ferenc Kajári

14:33 May 9, 2023

Lieutenant General Ferenc Kajári was born on 5th July 1967 in Budapest, Hungary. He is married to Veronika and has a daughter and a son.

Upon graduating from the military secondary school, he joined the Kossuth Lajos Military College of the Hungarian Defence Forces in 1985. He commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 1988 with an armoured reconnaissance officer degree and a general engineer degree.

Between 1988 and 1996, Major General Kajári served in various Infantry Brigades and MI positions as a platoon leader, company commander, S2 staff officer and Brigade S2.

In 1996, he was assigned to the Hungarian Engineer Contingent of IFOR and served as an S2 and liaison officer in the staff. On completion of his deployment, his career continued at the Ministry of Defence, where he served in a number of positions, most notably as the Aide-de-Camp to the Deputy State Secretary for NATO Integration. In 1998 he was selected to deploy in one of the newly established Partnership for Peace staff positions, and was assigned to the Headquarters of SACLANT, where he served in the PfP staff element until Hungary’s NATO accession in 1999 when he repositioned to serve in the Education and Training Department until his return to Hungary in 2001.

From 2001 he was serving in different staff positions at the J2 Directorate of the Hungarian Defence Forces. In the same year he enrolled to the National Defence University, and in 2004 earned his Master’s degree in military leadership.

In 2004 he deployed to Darfur as an EU representative and Military Observer of the African Union Mission in the Sudan (AMIS), where by the second half of his tour he organised the S2 section in his sector and became the sector S2 chief. In 2007 he deployed to Afghanistan, where he served as the first Hungarian Chief CJ2, ACOS in RC-North of ISAF.

Between 2014 and 2015 he attended the General Staff Course of the National University of Public Service, where he earned the “ZRÍNYI Award” of the class of 2015.

In 2016 he was appointed as the director of the Military National Security Service Intelligence Directorate. In 2017 he was promoted to Brigadier General, and in 2021 to Major General, and in 2023 to Lieutenant General.

2021 marks his most noted tour as he was selected and deployed to the position of Commander of the NATO mission KFOR until the hand-over in 2022 when he continued his service as the director of the Military National Security Service Intelligence Directorate until his promotion to which took up to his new assignment to Deputy Chief of Defence Staff on 8th May 2023


Lords of the Sky

15:22 July 15, 2024

Seven days of intense competition, outstanding sports results, changing wind, old and new friendships – the 46th CISM World Military Parachuting Championship in Szolnok has ended. The Hungarian national team has achieved a really nice result as it won the bronze medal in the team accuracy landing category, while Warrant Officer Tamás Varga from the HDF 86th Helicopter Wing Special Parachuting Training Centre came in second in individual accuracy landing.


Champions of the Air on the Podium

15:10 July 15, 2024

“During the past few days, we witnessed a competition where the most excellent paratroopers of the world were competing to test their preparedness and technical skills, and they have brought us the excitement and beauty of this special sport.” – this was how Lieutenant General Ferenc Kajári, Deputy Chief, HDF General Staff said farewell to the participants of the 46th CISM World Military Parachuting Championship at the RepTár in Szolnok on 12 July. The national sports teams of more than 30 countries whose members performed best in the overall results lined up to stand on the podium and worthily say goodbye to the ten days they had spent in Hungary, rich in experiences and successes.


Hungarian and American SOF soldiers conduct joint exercise

14:13 July 15, 2024

The joint exercise of Hungarian and American Special Operations Forces (SOF) groups has recently ended. This time, the emphasis was on the execution of complex tactical tasks. The participants also separately practiced a number of important procedures, for example, parachute jumps.


General Dr. Gábor Böröndi holds discussion with U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

14:07 July 15, 2024

Within the framework of the NATO Summit in Washington D. C., General Dr. Gábor Böröndi, Chief of HDF General Staff held a discussion with the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff U. S. General Charles Q. Brown Jr. General Brown met with eight chiefs of defence of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization to discuss with them the challenges ahead of NATO.


They have arrived for a stormy live firing exercise

13:59 July 15, 2024

The foreign units participating in Exercise Jolly Vihar 24 – the 56th and 57th Rescue Squadrons and the 56th Rescue Generation Squadron of the U.S. Air Force – have arrived at the Hungarian Defence Forces 47th Air Base in Pápa, Hungary.

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Twenty-three Military Athletes at the Paris Olympics

13:54 July 15, 2024

The Hungarian national team participating in the Paris Olympic Games recently took the Olympic Oath in Budapest two and a half weeks before the opening ceremony, to be held on 26 July. During the oath, Captain Tamás Lőrincz, Olympic champion wrestler of the HDF Sports Company, held the Hungarian flag as among the 180 Hungarian participants, 23 military athletes will represent Hungary in the French capital.


NATO is ready and able to defend itself and its members

12:21 July 15, 2024

NATO is still the world’s strongest defence alliance, which is ready and able to defend itself and its members, the defence minister said after the summit of NATO heads of state and government in Washington, DC, adding that in 2024, the 75th year of its existence, the defence Alliance has to face more numerous and significant security challenges than ever before.


NATO Medal for Hungarian soldiers serving in Iraq

08:51 July 10, 2024

The Hungarian soldiers serving with the Signals Support Group (SSG) of the NATO Mission Iraq Headquarters (NMI HQ) received their NATO Mission Iraq Non-Article 5 medals at the end of their four-and-a-half-month tour of duty in Baghdad on 5 July.


The Goal is Always the Podium

16:23 July 5, 2024

Hungary is a country full of sports talents and it can also be seen in the Hungarian Defence Forces as the parachuting team is among the best in the world, said Parliamentary State Secretary of the Ministry of Defence Tamás Vargha in Szolnok on 3 July.


EU Presidency: Responsibility and Unique Opportunity at Once for the Hungarian Defence Forces from the Strategic Level to the Tactical One

13:07 July 5, 2024

Hungary is taking over the presidency of the Council of the European Union in a critical period when we have to navigate in a complex security environment and when defence is occupying a distinguished place in the EU’s agenda, said General Dr. Gábor Böröndi, Chief of HDF General Staff, at the Embassy of Hungary in Brussels on Wednesday, 3 July. Upon the proposal of the Hungarian presidency, the representatives of the EU Military Committee will not negotiate in Brussels but in a member state for the first time in the EU’s history; thus, Hungary will host this high-ranking event in October.