Valery GerasimovChief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation / First Deputy Minister of Defence of the Russian Federation, General of the Army
Born on 8 September 1955 in the city of Kazan. In 1977, he graduated from the Kazan Higher Tank Command School named after the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the Tatar ASSR (Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic). He commanded platoon, company, battalion in the Northern Group of Troops and Far Eastern Military District.
After his graduation from the Military Academy of Armoured Troops named after Marshal of the Soviet Union R.Ya. Malinovsky in the year of 1987, he served as the chief of headquarters and commander of tank regiment, the chief of headquarters of motorised rifle division in the Baltic Military District. From 1993 to 1995 — the commander of motorised rifle division in the North-Western Group of Troops.
In 1997 after his graduation from the Military Academy of the RF Armed Forces’ General Staff, he served as the First Deputy Commander of Army in the Moscow Military District, the Deputy Commander, Chief of Staff and Commander of the 58th Army in the North Caucasian Military District.
From 2003 to 2005 — the Chief of Staff of the Far Eastern Military District. From 2005 — the Chief of the Main Administration of Combat Training and Troops’ Service of the RF Armed Forces, and from December 2006 — the Chief of Staff of the North Caucasian Military District.
In December 2006, he was assigned as the Commander of the Leningrad Military District, and in February 2009 — as the Commander of the Moscow Military District.
From December 2010 — the Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation.
From 26 April 2012 — the Commander of the Central Military District.
By the RF Presidential Decree of 9 November 2012 he has been appointed the Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation / First Deputy Minister of Defence of the Russian Federation.
Personal decorations: the Order of Military Merit, the Order of Merit for the Fatherland 4th grade, the Order of Service to the Homeland in the USSR’s Armed Forces 3rd grade, and a number of Medals.