Chief of the General Staff (Kuwait)

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,[1] 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.

The official seal of the General Staff H.Q.

Kuwait Army

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.

Name Rank Tenure Note
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.

List of Chiefs of the General Staff (1963–present)

Chief of the General Staff Took office Left office Time in office
Sheikh Mubarak Abdullah Al-Jaber Al-Sabah
Lieutenant General
Sheikh Mubarak Abdullah Al-Jaber Al-Sabah
March 1963198016–17 years
Abdullah Faraj Al-Ghanim
Lieutenant General
Abdullah Faraj Al-Ghanim
198019865–6 years
Mezyad Abdel Rahman Al-Saneh
Lieutenant General
Mezyad Abdel Rahman Al-Saneh
198719913–4 years
Sheikh Jaber Khaled Jaber Al-Sabah [ar]
Lieutenant General
Sheikh Jaber Khaled Jaber Al-Sabah
(born 1944)
199219930–1 years
Ali Mohammed Al-Moumen [ar]
Lieutenant General
Ali Mohammed Al-Moumen
19932 January 20039–10 years
Fahed Ahmad Al-Amir
Lieutenant General
Fahed Ahmad Al-Amir
2 January 200320095–6 years
Sheikh Ahmad Al-Khalid Al-Sabah
Lieutenant General
Sheikh Ahmad Al-Khalid Al-Sabah
20094 March 20122–3 years
Sheikh Khaled Al-Jarrah Al-Sabah
Lieutenant General
Sheikh Khaled Al-Jarrah Al-Sabah
4 March 20124 August 20131 year, 153 days
Abdul Rahman Mohammed Al-Othman
Lieutenant General
Abdul Rahman Mohammed Al-Othman
4 August 201314 April 2014253 days
Mohammed Khaled Al-Khadher
Lieutenant General
Mohammed Khaled Al-Khadher
(born 1955)
14 April 2014Incumbent5 years, 118 days

List of Deputy Chiefs of the General Staff of Kuwait Armed Forces (1965–present)

Name Rank Tenure Note
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.

Chief of the General Staff of Kuwait Armed Forces

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.

Assistant Chief Commander of Kuwait Land 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:

  • Kuwait 6th Liberation Mechanized Brigade
  • Kuwait 15th Mubarak Armored Brigade
  • Kuwait 26th Al-Soor Mechanized Brigade
  • Kuwait 35th Shahid Armored Brigade
  • Kuwait 94th Saleh Al-Mohammed Mechanized Brigade

Assistant Chief Commander of Kuwait Air Force

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:

Assistant Chief Commander of Kuwait Naval Force

The assistant chief combat commander of the Kuwait Naval Force commands at his disposition the senior naval combat officers, warrant officer, and commando warfighting naval commanders:

  • Kuwait Marine Corps
  • Kuwait Naval Warships

Notable Officers of Kuwait Armed Forces


  1. ^ Deputy commander of Kuwait Army and Kuwait Air Force (1953–1963) partnering Directorate of Public Security Force until 1953.
    Founder and patron of Kuwait 25th Commando Brigade in 1960.
    1st Chief of the General Staff in rank of Major General in 1963.


  1. ^ Archived 11 February 2014 at the Wayback Machine (Official Website)
Al Jahra Force

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.

Chiefs of defense by country

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