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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

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Minister of Defence greets members of Budapest Military Attaché Corps

11:33 January 28, 2022

On Thursday, 27 January Defence Minister Tibor Benkő greeted the members of the Budapest Military Attaché Corps at a traditional New Year’s toast in Stefánia Palace – Military Cultural Centre in Budapest.

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Minister of Defence greets military attachés

11:17 January 28, 2022

“The soldiers’ job is always the service of peace”, said Defence Minister Tibor Benkő at a reception held in honor of the members of the Budapest Military Attaché Corps (BMAC) in Budapest on 27 January.

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Minister of Defence greets military attachés

11:10 January 28, 2022

“The soldiers’ job is always the service of peace”, said Defence Minister Tibor Benkő at a reception held in honor of the members of the Budapest Military Attaché Corps (BMAC) in Budapest on 27 January.

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Start-of-the-year staff meeting at HQ MND-C

10:53 January 27, 2022

On 24 January, the Headquarters Multinational Division-Centre held this year’s first staff meeting at Alba Regia barracks in Székesfehérvár. During the event, several personnel received recognitions and were promoted, and the new members were introduced as well.

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Minister of defence holds discussion about political and military developments of Operation Takuba

08:34 January 25, 2022

On Monday, 24 January Defence Minister Dr. Tibor Benkő had a bilateral phone conversation with French Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly.

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Further strengthening Hungarian–Polish military relations

15:00 January 24, 2022

The ministries of defence of Hungary and Poland signed a bilateral military cooperation agreement on 19 January in Budapest. On behalf of the Hungarian side, Colonel László Hajnik, Head of Department for International Cooperation, Ministry of Defence, and, on behalf of the Polish side, Polish Defence Attaché Colonel Tomasz Trzciński signed the agreement of cooperation.

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We must preserve and cherish their memory

14:55 January 24, 2022

“The Hungarian people will preserve and cherish the soldiers’ memory forever”, said Defence Minister Tibor Benkő in Hejce on 19 January. Speaking at a military honors ceremony, the minister of defence of Hungary underlined that soldiers offer the noblest thing, their own lives for their nation, which is why we must think of them with pride.

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Hungarian and French defence policy directors meet in Paris

14:08 January 24, 2022

The Hungarian and the French defence policy directors recently meet in Paris to discuss the future of European defence, current issues in defence policy and the possibilities for developing bilateral relations.

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NATO Chiefs of Defence meet virtually for the first time in 2022

10:35 January 14, 2022

On 12–13 January, the Chiefs of Defence of NATO member countries meet in special circumstances during a video conference. At this year’s first official meeting of the NATO Military Committee, the advisory body of the Alliance, Hungary was represented by Lieutenant General Romulusz Ruszin-Szendi PhD, Commander, Hungarian Defence Forces.

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The French EU presidency has started

10:23 January 14, 2022

On 12–13 January, defence ministers of the European Union met in Brest, France at an opening event of the French EU presidency to discuss threats to Europe and the further strengthening of European defence. Hungary was represented at the meeting by Defence Minister Tibor Benkő.