Chief of Defence - Biography

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

General Andrey Botsev

Chief of Defence

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Born on November 26, 1959 in the town of Gotse Delchev, Blagoevgrad District.

Military Career:
1981 - 1984  Platoon Leader;
1984 - 1988  Company Commander;
1988 - 1990  Student at G. S. Rakovski National Defence College;
1990 - 1993  Commander, Motor Rifle Battalion;
1993 - 1995  Chief of Staff, Motor Rifle Regiment;  
1995 - 1998  Deputy Commander, Motor Rifle Regiment;
1998 - 2001  Commander, Motor Rifle Regiment
2001 - 2002  Chief of Staff, Armoured Brigade;
2002 - 2003  Acting Commander, Armoured Brigade;
2003 - 2004  Student at G. S. Rakovski National Defence College (Command and Staff Faculty);
2004 - 2007  Commander, Alpine Brigade;
2007 - 2008  Chief of Section, Land Forces Headquarters;
2008 - 2009  Deputy Chief of Department, Land Forces Headquarters;
2009 - 2010  Deputy Chief of Staff for Training, Bulgarian Land Forces;
2010 - 2011  Deputy Chief of Bulgarian Land Forces;
2011 - 2014  Chief of Staff, Bulgarian Land Forces
2014 – 2017  Commander of the Bulgarian Land Forces
Since March 8, 2017 – Chief of Defence

Education:
1977 – Yane Sandanski Secondary School, Gotse Delchev;
1977 - 1981  Vasil Levski National Military Academy, Veliko Tarnovo;
1988 - 1990  G. S. Rakovski National Defence College;
2003 - 2004  Command and Staff Faculty, G. S. Rakovski National Defence College;

Promotions:
1981  Second Lieutenant;
1984  First Lieutenant;
1988  Captain;
1992  Major;
1995  Lieutenant Colonel;
1999  Colonel;
2009  Brigadier General.
2014  Major General
2017 - Lieutenant General
May 6, 2018 - General

Awards and decorations:
Bulgarian Armed Forces Medal of Excellence;
Decoration of merit “Loyal Service with the Colors” III class, presented by the Minister of Defence of the Republic of Bulgaria, 1999;
Decoration of merit “Loyal Service with the Colors” II class, presented by the Minister of Defence of the Republic of Bulgaria, 2005;
Bulgarian Armed Forces Medal of Merit;
Personal weapon presented by the Minister of Defence of the Republic of Bulgaria, 2009;
Miscellaneous awards.

Marital Status:
Married with two children.