The General Staff H.Q. of the Kuwait Army (Arabic: رئاسة الأركان العامة للجيش الكويتي) redesignated in 1953 following formation in 1949, is a management department of the Kuwaiti Armed Forces, the national military of the State of Kuwait. The Chief of the General Staff (Arabic: رئيس هيئة الأركان العامة) is the senior combat military officer governing doctrines of the Kuwait Army, the Kuwait Air Force and the Kuwait Naval Force, but excludes the Kuwait National Guard, the Kuwait Police and Kuwait Fire Service Directorate. He is appointed by the Kuwait Defense Minister, a deputy prime minister, who is appointed by the Prime Minister of Kuwait; the latter appointed by the Emir of Kuwait, the Commander-in-chief of the Military of Kuwait.
On 1 July 1961, when the ministry was not of birth yet during Operation Vantage; the Kuwait Army was the de facto command leadership of the available armed forces since establishment and acted as official minister advising the Emir of Kuwait on course of action. The Kuwait Army redesignated in 1953 was founded thirteen years before the enacting of the respective Kuwait ministry, mainly by Field Marshal Sheikh Abdullah Mubarak Al-Sabah in 1949.
|Sheikh Abdullah Mubarak Al-Sabah||Field Marshal||1949–1961||General Commander of Kuwait Army and the Directorate of Public Security Force (1942–1961) until the two split in 1953.|
Founder and patron of Kuwait Army and Kuwait Air Force.
|№||Chief of the General Staff||Took office||Left office||Time in office|
Sheikh Mubarak Abdullah Al-Jaber Al-Sabah
|March 1963||1980||16–17 years|
Abdullah Faraj Al-Ghanim
Mezyad Abdel Rahman Al-Saneh
Sheikh Jaber Khaled Jaber Al-Sabah
Ali Mohammed Al-Moumen
|1993||2 January 2003||9–10 years|
Fahed Ahmad Al-Amir
|2 January 2003||2009||5–6 years|
Sheikh Ahmad Al-Khalid Al-Sabah
|2009||4 March 2012||2–3 years|
Sheikh Khaled Al-Jarrah Al-Sabah
|4 March 2012||4 August 2013||1 year, 153 days|
Abdul Rahman Mohammed Al-Othman
|4 August 2013||14 April 2014||253 days|
Mohammed Khaled Al-Khadher
|14 April 2014||Incumbent||5 years, 118 days|
|Sheikh Saleh Mohammed Al-Sabah||Lieutenant General||1965–1980|| Assistant deputy commander of Kuwait Army and Kuwait Air Force (1954–1965).|
Most senior serving combat deputy and officer in the history of Kuwait Armed Forces.
1st Deputy Chief of the General Staff in rank of Brigadier General in 1965.
The joint offices of the assistants chief of general staff are tasked with delegating combat responsibility for logistics supply command, joint military operations, manpower and others.
The joint assistants chief of the general staff combat commanders are the chief combat commanders of the Kuwait Land Force, the Kuwait Air Force, and the Kuwait Naval Force.
The assistant chief combat commander of the Kuwait Army commands at his disposition the senior land combat officers and warrant officer commanders of the following infantry, mechanized infantry, artillery, commando, and tank brigades:
The assistant chief combat commander of the Kuwait Air Force commands at his disposition the senior air combat officers and warrant officer commanders of the following air bases and their combat operational assets:
The Al Jahra Force was a Kuwait task force, of roughly brigade strength, requested by then, Kuwait Minister of Defense, Sheikh Saad Al-Salim Al-Sabah and formed by Major General Mubarak Abdullah Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and his deputy Brigadier General Saleh Mohammed Al-Sabah; subsequently being tasked to the respective combat commanders on October 15, 1973, after the outbreak of the Yom Kippur War. The force, consisting of more than 3,000 men, was organized into a Tank Battalion, an infantry battalion, two companies of artillery, an anti-aircraft company and a combat company of the Kuwait 25th Commando Brigade. In addition, the task force also included medical, engineering and signal units. The brigade remained active until the end of September 1974, and then returned to Kuwait after a farewell ceremony in Damascus.
The task force was equipped with Vickers main battle tanks, Ferret armoured car,and Alvis Saracen. The first combat company equipped artillery batteries type Mk F3 155mm self-propelled guns while the second combat company packed 120 mm mortars type. The anti-tank combat units were equipped with Carl Gustav recoilless rifle. The anti-aircraft combat company was equipped with triple barrel anti-aircraft guns type 20 mm.Chief of the General Staff
The Chief of the General Staff (CGS) is a post in many armed forces (militaries), the head of the military staff.Kuwait 25th Commando Brigade
The Kuwait 25th Commando Brigade of the State of Kuwait, commonly known as the 25th Commando, is one of Kuwait's various principal Commando brigades. The 25th Commando operates at the disposition of the respective commander who reports to the respective leadership of the Military of Kuwait; executing, participating, supporting, and carrying all conflicts in which the Military of Kuwait engaged since inception in 1960. The 25th Commando executes general operations in support of the Military of Kuwait.Kuwait Air Force
The Kuwait Air Force (Arabic: القوات الجوية الكويتية Trans: al-Quwwat al-Jawwiya al-Kuwaitiya) is the air arm of the Armed Forces of Kuwait. The Air Force headquarters is located at Abdullah Al-Mubarak Air Base, with the remaining forces stationed at Air Defense Brigades, Ali Al Salem Air Base and Ahmad al-Jaber Air Base. The Kuwait Air Force numbers approximately 5,000 officers and enlisted personnel.Kuwait Army
The Kuwait Army, established in 1949, is the oldest armed branch among the military of Kuwait. Its cavalry and infantry predecessors operated in desert and metropolitan areas in 1919, 1920 and 1928 to 1938, tracing their roots directly to the cavalrymen and infantrymen that defended Al-Kout Fortress since the 19th century along with various mounted defensive forces. The "Kuwait Army" was later established as the Kuwait Land Force, which became the principal land force of the Kuwait Armed Forces.Kuwait Naval Base
Mohammed Al-Ahmad Kuwait Naval Base is a Kuwaiti Navy base on the eastern coast of Kuwait. It is named after Mohammed Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, the first Defense Minister of Kuwait. The base is also used by the United States Navy and United States Coast Guard. A main deployment group of the US Navy the United States Fifth Fleet using the name Camp Patriot. It is used by US Military and Kuwaiti Forces to conduct military operations and training exercises.The naval base also has a heliport with the ICAO designator OKNB.Kuwait Naval Force
The Kuwait Naval Force (Arabic: القوة البحرية الكويتية), is the sea-based component of the Kuwait Armed Forces. The headquarters and sole naval base is Mohammed Al-Ahmad Kuwait Naval Base. The Kuwait Naval Force consists of over 2,200 officers and enlisted personnel, excluding about 500 coast guard personnel. The Coast Guard, a Border Security Directorate of the Kuwait Ministry of Interior.Mohammed Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah
Sheikh Mohammed Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah (1909–1975) (Arabic: الشيخ محمد الأحمد الجابر الصباح ) was the second son of Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.
He was the first minister of defense, before the formation of the ministry itself. He was assigned this responsibility when the first council of ministers formed in 1962. He was reassigned to the post after the first elections for the National Assembly of Kuwait and remained in the post until November 30, 1964.
In 1966 his younger brother was appointed crown prince in his place due to his age.
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