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Lieutenant General Zsolt Sándor

08:01 August 10, 2021

Personal data:
Date of birth: 4 June 1968.
Place of birth: Budapest
Marital status: Married, with two children

Education:
1989 Lajos Kossuth Military Academy, Mechanized Infantry specialty
1997 UN Military Observers’ Course, Austria
1998 NATO Staff Officer Course, Germany
2001 Parachutist Training Course
2003 Peace Operations Planning Course, USA
2004 Miklós Zrínyi National Defence University, Faculty of Military Science, Military Leadership Course
2007 Command Staff Course, USA NDU

Military career:
1986 Officer Cadet at Lajos Kossuth Military Academy (KLKF)
1989-1990 5th Mechanized Infantry Brigade, Company Commander, Mezőtúr
1990-1993 HDF István Bocskai Mechanized Infantry Brigade, Chief of Staff, 2nd Mechanized Infantry Battalion, Debrecen
1993-1994 HDF István Bocskai Mechanized Infantry Brigade, Acting Battalion Commander, 2nd Mechanized Infantry Battalion, Debrecen
1994-1995 HDF 66th Tivadar Puskás Battalion, Chief Operations Officer, Cegléd
1995-2000 HDF 88th Air Mobility Battalion, Operations Officer, Szolnok
2000-2004 HDF 1st Light Mixed Regiment, Deputy Commander, Szolnok
2004-2009HDF 25/88th Light Mixed Battalion, Commander, Szolnok
2009-2010 NATO Training Group, Cell Chief, USA
2010-2014 HDF 25th György Klapka Mechanized Infantry Brigade, Commander, Tata
2014-2017 Defence Attaché, USA
2017-2018 HDF Joint Forces Command (JFC) Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, 2018- HDF JFC Chief of Ground Forces (Second in Command)
2019-2020 HDF Headquarters Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations
2020-2021 HDF Reserve Training and Support Command, Commander
2021- Acting Deputy Commander of the Hungarian Defence Forces

Participation in operations (foreign service):
2000-2001 UN Military Observer (UNIKOM), Kuwait
2008-2009 HDF PRT Commander, Afghanistan

Medals, decorations:
Officer Service Medal 3rd Class (after 10 years of service)
Service Medal 3rd Class
Service Medal, Silver Grade (equivalent to 3rd Class, after 10 years of service).
Service Medal, Gold Grade Commemorative Medal, Gold Grade
Officer Service Medal 2nd Class (after 20 years of service)
Service Medal decorated with Laurel Wreath
Service Badge for Peacekeeping (UNIKOM)
NATO Service Medal (Afghanistan)
NATO Service Badge (NTG chief)
Parachutist Badge 2nd Class
Knight's Cross of the Hungarian Order of Merit, Military Section

Language skills:
English Advanced level C
Spanish Intermediate level C

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BALTIC AIR POLICING – AN EXCELLENT EXAMPLE OF ALLIES’ COOPERATION

12:26 September 22, 2022

During his visit to Lithuania – on 21st September – Lieutenant General Romulusz Ruszin-Szendi, Commander of the Hungarian Defence Forces, also visited the Šiauliai Air Base, where since 1st August, the fighter pilots of the Hungarian Defence Forces have been protecting the airspaces of Lithuania Estonia and Latvia in the framework of the Baltic Air Policing (BAP) mission, for four months.

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EUROPEAN UNION CYBER DEFENCE CONSULTATION IN BUDAPEST

12:16 September 22, 2022

Between 19th and 21st September a meeting of the governing body of the PESCO Cyber and Information Domain Coordination Centre (CIDCC), implemented within the framework of the PESCO program of the European Union, was held in Budapest, organised by the Cyber Inspectorate of the Hungarian Defence Forces Command. The event was opened by Gáspár Maróth, the Secretary of State for Defence Policy and Defence Development, Ministry of Defence.

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COMMANDER OF THE HUNGARIAN DEFENCE FORCES VISITS LITHUANIA

14:43 September 21, 2022

On Monday, 19th September, Lieutenant General Romulusz Ruszin-Szendi, Commander of the Hungarian Defence Forces, made an official visit to Lithuania, where he was received with military honours by Lieutenant General Valdemaras Rupšys, Chief of General Staff of the Lithuanian Armed Forces, and Brigadier General Mindaugas Steponavičius, Chief of Staff of the Lithuanian Armed Forces, in Vilnius.

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DEPUTY COMMANDER OF THE HUNGARIAN DEFENCE FORCES RECEIVES LITHUANIAN MILITARY ATTACHÉ

18:11 September 20, 2022

Colonel Vilmas Satas, the accredited military attaché of Lithuania to Hungary, paid an introductory visit to Lieutenant General Zsolt Sándor, Deputy Commander of the Hungarian Defence Forces, on Monday, 19th September.

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COMMANDER OF THE HUNGARIAN DEFENCE FORCES PARTICIPATES IN CHIEF OF STAFF LEVEL CONFERENCE OF NATO MILITARY COMMITTEE

14:50 September 19, 2022

Between 16th and 18th September, a three-day NATO Military Committee Chief of Staff level conference took place in Tallinn, Estonia, at which Hungary was represented by the delegation of the Hungarian Defence Forces, headed by Lieutenant General Romulusz Ruszin-Szendi, Commander of the HDF.

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COMMANDER OF THE HUNGARIAN DEFENCE FORCES RECEIVES CHIEF OF STAFF OF THE PAKISTANI GROUND FORCES

14:44 September 19, 2022

On 14th September, Lieutenant General Romulusz Ruszin-Szendi, Commander of the Hungarian Defence Forces, received with military honours Colonel General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Pakistani Army Staff and his delegation on a multi-day visit to Hungary, on Heroes’ Square in Budapest.

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PÉTER SZIJJÁRTÓ: IT IS ALSO THANKS TO HUNGARY THAT NATO IS THE STRONGEST MILITARY ALLIANCE IN THE WORLD

07:24 September 15, 2022

Without Hungary's armed forces, NATO would not be so strong, and the Hungarian soldiers participating in the Baltic airspace control mission also protect the security of our country through the defence of the Alliance, said Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó at the Šiauliai Air Base, Lithuania, on Tuesday, 13th September. The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade was accompanied to the visit by Tamás Vargha, Parliamentary State Secretary of the Ministry of Defence and Deputy Minister.

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PÉTER SZIJJÁRTÓ: IT IS ALSO THANKS TO HUNGARY THAT NATO IS THE STRONGEST MILITARY ALLIANCE IN THE WORLD

07:16 September 15, 2022

Without Hungary's armed forces, NATO would not be so strong, and the Hungarian soldiers participating in the Baltic airspace control mission also protect the security of our country through the defence of the Alliance, said Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó at the Šiauliai Air Base, Lithuania, on Tuesday, 13th September. The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade was accompanied to the visit by Tamás Vargha, Parliamentary State Secretary of the Ministry of Defence and Deputy Minister.

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KATALIN NOVÁK: THE HUNGARIAN PEOPLE ARE PROUD OF THE HUNGARIAN SOLDIERS

16:30 September 14, 2022

The Hungarian people are proud of the great contribution of the Hungarian soldiers and speak of their service with appreciation, said President Katalin Novák in Kosovo, when she visited the KFOR mission on Tuesday, September 13.

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KATALIN NOVÁK: THE HUNGARIAN PEOPLE ARE PROUD OF THE HUNGARIAN SOLDIERS

16:24 September 14, 2022

The Hungarian people are proud of the great contribution of the Hungarian soldiers and speak of their service with appreciation, said President Katalin Novák in Kosovo, when she visited the KFOR mission on Tuesday, September 13.