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Heydar Aliyev

First Deputy Minister of Defense - Chief of General Staff of the Azerbaijan Army

LIEUTENANT GENERAL

VALIYEV KARIM TOFIG OGLU

FIRST DEPUTY MINISTER OF DEFENSE OF THE REPUBLIC OF AZERBAIJAN –

CHIEF OF THE GENERAL STAFF OF THE AZERBAIJAN ARMY

 

 

 

Lieutenant General Valiyev Karim Tofig oglu was born in Baku on February 9, 1961.
He graduated from the Baku Higher Combined Arms Command School in 1982 with honors.
From 1982 to 1990, he has served as a cadet platoon commander, Assistant Chief of the Training Division, Senior Assistant Chief of the Training Division.
From 1990 to 1994, he studied at the Frunze Military Academy.
Since 1992, he has served as a deputy chief of the training department, brigade commander, deputy commander of the front, Deputy Minister of Defense for combat operations, corps commander, chief of the Center for Military Science, Chief of the Department of Defense Planning Military Strategy in the Armed Forces of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
He was engaged in combat operations for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
He has received numerous awards and medals for commendable fulfillment of duties. He has been awarded with the “Azerbaijani Flag” Order by Presidential Decree dated 01.01.1994, the Medal for “For Motherland” by Presidential Decree dated 24.06.2005, the Medal for Distinguished Military Service by Presidential Decree dated 25.06.2012, and the “Zafar” Order by Presidential Decree dated 09.12.2020, the Medal "For the liberation of Jabrayil" by Presidential Decree dated 24.12.2020, the Medal "For the liberation of Aghdam" by Presidential Decree dated 29.12.2020, the Medal "For the liberation of Gubadli" by Presidential Decree dated 29.12.2020.
He has been appointed as the Deputy Minister of Defense for Personnel – Chief of Main Department for Personnel by Presidential Decree, dated 14.05.2014.
He has been appointed as the Deputy Minister of Defense – Chief of Main Department for Personnel by Presidential Decree, dated 20.02.2019.
He has been appointed as the First Deputy Minister of Defense of the Republic of Azerbaijan – Chief of the General Staff of the Azerbaijan Army by Presidential Decree, dated 23.07.2021.
He is married and has two children.