Ethiopian military gets new deputy Chief of Staffs, 4 Full Generals and 57 General officer promotions

Three new deputy Chief of Staffs appointed to Ethiopian National Defence Forces (ENDF) while sixty-one senior officers are promoted today.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam appointed today three new deputy Chief of Staffs.

The new deputy Chief of Staffs are:-
1. General Seare Mekonen Yimer
2. General Adem Mohamed Ahmed
3. General Berhanu Jula Gelelcha

There has not been a position of deputy of Chief of Staff to date. These newly created posted could be indicators of who will succeed the current Chief of Staff Samora Yenus.

Ethiopian President Mulatu Teshome, on the other hand, granted senior military titles to 61 officers today.

According to the list released on the state media and translated by HornAffairs, 40 Colonels are promoted to Birgadier General rank; 14 Birgadier Generals are promoted to Major General rank; 3 Major Generals are promoted to Lieutenant General rank and 4 Lieutenant Generals are promoted to full General rank.

The following Lieutenant Generals are promoted to full General rank:-
1. Seare Mekonen Yimer (currently head of Education and Training main department)
2. Abraha Woldemariam Genzebu (currently head of Operation main department)
3. Adem Mohamed Ahmed (currently chief of Air force)
4. Berhanu Jula Gelelcha (currently head of Peacekeeping Mission center of ENDF)

The promotion to Full General rank is the first in a decade. It was in 2007 that General Samora Yenus was promoted to Full General rank. (See HornAffairs’ profile of Gen. Samora). It was not clear if there has been anyone with a Full General rank in the modern military history of Ethiopia.

The following Major Generals are promoted to Lieutenant General rank:-
1. Mehari Zewdie Gebremariam (currently head of Human Resources main department)
2. Mola Hailemariam Alemayehu (currently Sector head at South Sudan peacekeeping mission)
3. Hasan Ebrahim Musao (currently Force Commander of the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei – UNISFA).

The promotion of 3 officer to Lieutenant Generals is generous compared to previous years. In the past six years, only two officers, namely Yohannes Gebremeskel and Gebrat Ayele, have been promoted to Lt. General rank.

The following Brigadier Generals are promoted to Major General rank:-
1. Atakleti Berhe Gebremariam
2. Yayne Seyoum Gebremariam
3. Asrat Denoyro Ahmed
4. Zewedu Belay Malefya
5. Mulu Girmay Gebrehiwot
6. Fiseha Kidanemariam Woldehiwot
7. Kumsa Shanqo Desta
8. Wagnew Amare Desalegn
9. Shuma Abdeta Heka
10. Belay Seuoum Akele
11. Mohamed Tesema Geremew
12. Abdurahman Ismael Alo
13. Mesele Meseret Tegegne
14. Kefyalew Amde Tesema

The following Colonels are promoted Brigadier General rank:-
1. Fiseha Sentayehu Emeru
2. Asrese Ayalew Tegegne
3. Dedi Asfaw Ayane
4. Alemayehu Wolde Jelo
5. Berhe Kidane Serfael
6. Dawit Woldesenbet Awegchew
7. Asfaw Mawcha Yirdaw
8. Tilahun Ashenafi Mamo
9. Gidey Hailu Gebre-egziabher
10. Shimeles Atnafu Dinku
11. Tesfaye Temesgen Abaye
12. Desalegn Dache Ulte
13. Abadi Selamsa Abebe
14. Mekonen Benti Teso
15. Kebede Regasa Gerbi
16. Tagese Lambamo Dembore
17. Negasi Tikue Lewete
18. Dagnaw Yitbarek Gebremariam
19. Fikadu Tsegaye Emeru
20. Yirdaw Gebremedhin Gebretsadik
21. Yilma Mekuanent Tensay
22. Berhanu Bekele Bedada
23. Guesh Berhe Woldeselasie
24. Abate Ali Filate
25. Alemu Ayene Zeru
26. Berhane Beyend Woldenigus
27. Hailu Endashaw Atomsa
28. Gebrehiwot Sasinos Gebru
29. Kebede Fekadu Gebremedhin
30. Mekonen Asfaw Kelbo
31. Alemseged Wondewosen Berhe
32. Solomon Bogale Mekonen
33. Woldejiwergis Teklay Asfaw
34. Teshome Gebre Adere
35. Seyd Tikuye Abegaz
36. Mengistu Teklu Tesema
37. Nuru Muzeyn Araro
38. Wagnew Aleme Ayalew
39. Hadgu Gebrehiwot Gebreselasie
40. Mekonen Zewdie Tamene

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Daniel Berhane

Daniel Berhane