|Chief of Defence Force
Taliyaha Xooga Qalabka Somaaliyeed
Flag of the Armed Forces
|Ministry of Defense and Somali Armed Forces|
|Member of||Ministry of Defense|
|Reports to||Minister of Defence|
|Appointer||Prime Minister of Somalia|
|Term length||2 years|
|First holder||Mohamed Siad Barre|
The Chief of Defence Force is the professional head of the Somali Armed Forces. He is responsible for the administration and the operational control of all branches of the Somali military (Army, Navy and Air Force). The post has however usually been held by Army officers and the term limit is 2 years, typically the rank held by the Chiefs is the highest rank in the Somali Armed Forces, that of Major General although there are chiefs that have held the rank of Brigadier General.
List of Chiefs
Transitional Federal Republic (2004-2012)
|№||Chief of Army||Took office||Left office||Time in office||Ref|
|1||Ismail Qasim NajiMajor general||15 April 2005||10 February 2007||1 year, 301 days|||
|2||Abdullahi Ali OmarMajor general |
|10 February 2007||21 July 2007||161 days|||
|3||Salah Hassan JamaBrigadier general||21 July 2007||11 June 2008||326 days|||
|4||Said Dheere MohamedMajor general||11 June 2008||14 May 2009||337 days|||
|5||Yusuf Osman DhumalMajor general||15 May 2009||6 December 2009||205 days|||
|6||Mohamed Gelle KahiyeMajor general||6 December 2009||6 September 2010||274 days|||
|7||Major general Ahmed Jimale Gedi||6 September 2010||29 March 2011||204 days|
|8||Abdulkadir Sheikh DiniMajor general||29 March 2011||13 March 2013||1 year, 349 days|||
Federal Republic (2012-present)
|№||Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces||Took office||Left office||Time in office||Ref|
|1||Dahir Adan ElmiBrigadier general||13 March 2013||25 June 2014||1 year, 104 days|
|2||Abdullahi AnodMajor general||25 June 2014||24 September 2015||1 year, 91 days|||
|3||Mohamed Adam AhmedMajor general |
|24 September 2015||5 April 2017||1 year, 193 days|
|4||Ahmed Mohamed JimaleMajor general||5 April 2017||12 October 2017||190 days|||
|5||Major general Abdiweli Jama Hussein Gorod||12 October 2017||16 August 2018||308 days|||
|(1)||Dahir Adan ElmiMajor general||16 August 2018||27 August 2019||1 year, 11 days|||
|6||Odowaa Yusuf RagehBrigadier general |
|27 August 2019||Incumbent||2 years, 12 days|||
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