Oleg OstapenkoDeputy Minister of Defence of the Russian Federation, Colonel-General
Born on 3 May 1957 in the village of Pokoshichi (the Ukrainian SSR’s Chernigov Region).
In 1979 he graduated from the Military Academy named after F.E. Dzerzhinsky, in 1992 — from the Command Department of the same Academy, in 2007 — from the Military Academy of the General Staff of the RF Armed Forces.
In 1979—1989, he served in various command and staff capacities in the Strategic Missile Forces (SMF).
In 1992–2002 — in the military units of the Main Trial Centre for Testing and Control of Space Means named after G.S. Titov as the chief military unit’s headquarters, commander of military unit, chief of test centre’s headquarters, chief of test centre.
In 2002–2004 — the Chief of Headquarters / First Deputy Chief of the Main Trial Centre for Testing and Control of Space Means.
In 2004–2007 — the First Deputy Chief of Staff of the Space Forces.
In 2007–2008 — the Chief of the State Test Cosmodrome Plesetsk.
From June 2008 to November 2011 — the Commander of the Space Forces.
From November 2011 — the Commander of the Aerospace Defence Forces.
By the RF Presidential Decree of 9 November 2012 he has been appointed the Deputy Minister of Defence of the Russian Federation.
Cand. Sc. (Military).
Personal decorations: the Order of Military Merit, the Medal of Combat Merit and other decorations.