Maj. Gen. Rumen Radev

Commander of the Bulgarian Air Force
Maj. Gen. Rumen Radev

DOB: 18th July 1963 in Dimitrovgrad, Bulgaria

Education:
1982 - High School of mathematics, Kazanlak
1982 - 1987 - Air Force Academy, Dolna Mitropolia
1992 - Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Alabama, USA
1994 - 1996 - Command and Staff College 'Georgi Rakovski', Sofia, Bulgaria
2000 - Doctor of Military science degree in 'Flight personnel tactical training improvement and air combat simulations'
2002 - 2003 - Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Alabama, USA.

Military Career:
1987 - 1988 - Junior Pilot, 15th Fighter Aviation Regiment - Ravnetz
1989 - 1990 - Deputy Commander of Flight, 15th Fighter Aviation Regiment – Ravnetz
1990 - 1994 - Commander of Flight, 15th Fighter Aviation Regiment - Ravnetz
1994 - 1996 - Command and Staff College 'Georgi Rakovski', Sofia, Bulgaria
1996 - 1998 - Commander of MiG-29 Flight squadron 5th Fighter Air Base - Ravnetz
1998 - 1999 - Deputy Commander for Flight Training, 5th Fighter Air Base - Ravnetz
1999 - 2000 - Deputy Commander for Flight Training, 5th Fighter Air Base - Graf Ignatievo
2000 - 2002 - Chief of Staff of 3rd Fighter Air Base - Graf Ignatievo
2002 - 2003 - Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Alabama, USA
2003 - 2005 - Chief of Staff of 3rd Fighter Air Base - Graf Ignatievo
2005 - 2009 - Commander of 3rd Fighter Air Base - Graf Ignatievo
2009 - Deputy Chief of Air Forces Training HQ
2010 - Deputy Chief of Air Forces
2011 - Deputy Commander of Air Force
2014 - Commander of Air Force

Flight Experience:
Pilot First Class
Has flown L-29; L-39, MiG-15; MiG-17, MiG-21; MiG-29
More than 1400 flight hours

Promotions:
1987 - Lieutenant
1990 - 1st Lieutenant
1994 - Captain
1997 - Major
2000 - Lieutenant Colonel
2003 - Colonel
2007 - Brigadier General
2014 - Major General

Awards & Decorations:
Commendation Medal of the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Bulgaria, awards of the General Staff of the Bulgarian Armed Forces and of the Bulgarian Air Force HQ.

Languages: English, German and Russian

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