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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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Multinational initiative in international spotlight

07:20 March 22, 2022

Major General Denis Tretinjak, commander of Headquarters Multinational Division Centre (HQ MND-C) gave a briefing to the Echelon of National Military Representatives of thirty NATO nations, at NATO Allied Command Operations in Belgium, on the establishment and current status of the headquarters.

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Extraordinary Meeting of NATO Ministers of Defence

11:37 March 17, 2022

NATO Ministers of Defence held an extraordinary meeting on Wednesday, 16 March. During the event, they reviewed the status of the initiatives aimed at strengthening NATO’s defence capabilities. In another working session of the meeting – held with the participation of NATO’s distinctive partners, including Ukraine –, they discussed issues relating to the security of NATO’s eastern frontiers.

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Hungarian expertise – at a (centre of) excellent level

08:31 March 17, 2022

With the participation of Hungarian instructors, the highest level course in NATO's Civil-Military Cooperation (CIMIC) discipline was held at the NATO CIMIC Center of Excellence (CCOE) in The Hague, the Netherlands, from 21 February to 4 March. We asked one of the instructors, Lieutenant Colonel Tamás Harmath, Assistant Chief of Staff (non-kinetic) of Headquarters Multinational Division Centre, about the NATO CIMIC Higher Command Course and the situation in the civil-military cooperation domain.

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Eastern Shield: Our country is a committed ally

16:58 March 10, 2022

Admiral Rob Bauer, Chair of the NATO Military Committee, Major General Raimundo Rodriguez Roca, Deputy Chief of Staff Strategic Enablement of Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) and Admiral Robert Hranj, Chief of Defence of the Croatian Armed Forces saw certain phases of Operation Eastern Shield 2022 at several venues around Hungary on Wednesday, 9 March.

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“Hungary is a committed ally”

16:46 March 10, 2022

On Wednesday, 9 March, a high-ranking delegation saw some phases of Operation Eastern Shield 2022 at several venues in Hungary.

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“Hungary is a committed ally”

16:45 March 10, 2022

On Wednesday, 9 March, a high-ranking delegation saw some phases of Operation Eastern Shield 2022 at several venues in Hungary.

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“NATO is a defensive alliance”

15:00 March 10, 2022

As Chair of the Military Committee, Admiral Rob Bauer (NLD N) is the principal military adviser to the Secretary General as well as provides military advice to the North Atlantic Council on behalf of the NATO Chiefs of Defence Staff. He also directs the Military Committee (NATO’s highest military authority), acts on its behalf and is the Committee’s spokesperson and representative. He started his assignment on 25 June 2021, and payed an official visit to Hungary in 8-9. March 2022.

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We must act far-sightedly in the time of the Russia–Ukraine war

14:08 March 8, 2022

On Monday, 7 March in Budapest, Defence Minister Tibor Benkő received Italian Defence Minister Lorenzo Guerini on an official visit. The two ministers signed a letter of intent at their meeting.

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Hungary and Italy are fighting together as allies for the security of our continent

13:53 March 8, 2022

Having been received by Defence Minister Tibor Benkő on an official visit in Budapest, Italian Defence Minister Lorenzo Guerini spoke with appreciation about the Hungarian soldiers’ commitment to their tasks as well as about the assistance and support with which Hungary is receiving the Ukrainian refugees. During their meeting, the two ministers also signed a letter of intent on the further deepening of defence cooperation.

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Medal parade in Sarajevo

12:25 March 2, 2022

On 25 February, the soldiers completing their tour of duty on the foreign mission received the EUFOR ALTHEA medal at a medal parade held in Camp Butmir, Sarajevo.