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Chairman of the General Staff
رئاسة هيئة الأركان العامة للقوات المسلحة
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Air Chief Marshal Fayyadh Al Ruwaili, RSAF

since 26 February 2018
Ministry Of Defense
Style His Excellency
Type Commander-in-Chief
Status Highest-ranking (within SAAF)
Abbreviation COGS
Member of General Staff Presidency
Council of Military Service
Nominator Minister of Defense
Appointer The (CTHM) King
Term length No fixed length
Constituting instrument Basic Instructions
Precursor Military Affairs Director
Formation 29 September 1939 (1939-09-29)
First holder ar (Mohamed Tarek Abdelkader Afrique)

The Chairman Of the General Staff Of the Armed Forces (abbreviated COGS) also known as the "Chief of the General Staff" is second in command after the Defense Minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and head of the Saudi Arabian Armed Forces.

He usually holds the highest military rank within Ministry of Defense. The current Commander-in-Chief is Air Chief Marshal Fayyadh al-Ruwaili, who succeeded General Abdulrahman al-Bunian on February 2018.[1]

List of Chairmen[]

Chairman Took office Left office Time in office
ar (Mohamed Tarek Abdelkader Afrique)
Afrique, Mohamed Tarek AbdelkaderMajor General ar (Mohamed Tarek Abdelkader Afrique)
193919422–3 years
Jafar Bek Pilot
Pilot, Jafar BekLieutenant Colonel Jafar Bek Pilot194219452–3 years
3Al-Sharif, Mohsen Al-HusseinColonel Mohsen Al-Hussein Al-Sharif194530 April 19493–4 years
ar (Said bin Abdullah Kurdi)
Kurdi, Said bin AbdullahMajor General ar (Said bin Abdullah Kurdi)
30 April 194930 January 19577 years, 275 days
5Al-Issa, AbdullahMajor General Abdullah Al-Issa30 January 195719602–3 years
6Al-Tassan, Ibrahim bin SalehLieutenant General Ibrahim bin Saleh Al-Tassan196019654–5 years
7Mutlaq, Abdullah bin AliGeneral Abdullah bin Ali Mutlaq196519737–8 years
8Shammery, Hamad bin MohammedGeneral Hamad bin Mohammed Shammery197319762–3 years
9al-Hamid, Othman bin MohammedGeneral Othman bin Mohammed al-Hamid197619803–4 years
Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Hamad
al-Hamad, Mohammed bin SalehField Marshal Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Hamad198013 May 199716–17 years
Saleh bin Ali al-Mahaya
al-Muhaya, SalehField Marshal Saleh bin Ali al-Mahaya
(born 1939)
13 May 199717 June 201114 years, 35 days
Hussein bin Abdullah al-Qayeb
al-Qayeb, Hussein bin AbdullahField Marshal Hussein bin Abdullah al-Qayeb17 June 201120142–3 years
ar (Abdulrahman bin Saleh al-Bunyan)
al-Bunyan, Abdul Rahman bin SalehField Marshal ar (Abdulrahman bin Saleh al-Bunyan)201426 February 20183–4 years
Fayyadh Al Ruwaili
Ruwaili, FayyadhGeneral Fayyadh Al Ruwaili
(born 1958)
26 February 2018Incumbent3 years, 232 days

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