Chief of Defense

Major General Assoc. Prof. Bajram Begaj
July 2020 - 

Major General Assoc. Prof. Bajram BEGAJ was born on 20th March 1967, in Rrogozhina, Albania.

He graduated from the Faculty of Medicine in the Branch of General Medicine in 1989 and became an active officer in the specialty "Medicine" in 1998. He has assumed different staff and commanding positions at different levels.

Prior to becoming Chief of Defence, Major General Assoc. Prof. BEGAJ was serving as the Commander of Training and Doctrine Command.

His joint assignments include the role as the Deputy Director-General of the University Hospital Center “Mother Teresa”, Director-General of the Military Central University Hospital, Director of the Health Inspectorate and Chief Inspector and Advisor of the Health Inspectorate in General Staff of the Albanian Armed Forces, Chief of the Military Medical Unit and Deputy Director of the Trauma University Hospital.


Deputy Chief of Defense

Brigadier General Manushaqe Shehu
Jannuary 2018 -

Brigadier General Shehu, the first female in the history of the Republic of Albania that receives this high rank. From 1 December 2016 until 16 January 2018 accomplishes the task of Training and Doctrines Commander in the Albanian Armed Forces. Since 16 January 2018 performs the task of Deputy Chief of General Staff of the Albanian Armed Forces.
Born in Peshkopi on 5 November 1965. Graduates from the High Officers’ Academy in Tirana in 1988. BG Shehu graduates the Faculty of Law at University of Shkodra (Albania) and during her long military career attends different courses in Albania and abroad.
BG Shehu is the author of a number of papers published in military press in Albania and abroad and has participated in several international military activities in NATO and partner countries. Later on, in 2011, she was appointed Military Advisor to the President. In 2016 was appointed Commander of the TRADOC. 


Commander of Support Brigade

Colonel Gaspër Lala
August 2017 - 

Colonel Gasper Lala was born on June 03, 1962 in Burrel. During 1981-1985, he completed his studies at the Military Academy. Has completed successfully different qualifications at home and abroad: the Course on High Security and Defense, the Course on Arms Control, etc.

His military carrier began as Field Artillery Battery Commander in Bulqizë. He went through different task assigments till becaming the Commander of SC. 

It has been awarded various medals for achievements during his military career. He masters english, german and greek languages


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