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Gheorghe Catrina
Born (1953-10-30)October 30, 1953
Place of birth Bălceşti, Vâlcea County
Allegiance  Romania
Service/branch Romanian Air Force
Years of service 1975–present
Rank General
Commands held Chief of Staff of the Romanian Air Force

General Gheorghe Catrina (born October 30, 1953, in Bălceşti, Vâlcea County) was the chief of the Romanian Air Force Staff until March 12, 2007.

Military career[edit | edit source]

He joined the Air Force in 1975 after graduating the Air Force Officers School. He climbed step by step the career ladder from the lower ranks to reach today's position, performing duties as a fighter pilot, chief pilot, and various command positions in several Air Force bases.

EDUCATION: Air Force Officer School, 1975; Academy of Advanced Military Studies, 1983; Post-academic Course for Regiment Commanders, 1988; English Course, 1996; National Defense College, Bucharest, 1998; Industrial College of Armed Forces, National defense University, USA, between 2000 and 2001; Degree of Master of Science in National Resource Strategy, National Defense University, USA 2001; Advanced Course on National and International Security, 2002; PhD in Military Science, 2006

He attended courses of the Academy of Advanced Military Studies between 1981 and 1983. Upon graduating from the Academy, he was assigned navigator in a fighter-bomber regiment. He also was appointed as navigator and deputy commander for flight operation nd commander, Air Force Regiment between 1983 and 1989; deputy commander for flight operation, Air Division between 1989 and 1994; deputy commander for operations, commander-Air Force and deputy chief of staff-Air Force and Air Defense Staff between 1994 and 2000; student Industrial College of Armed Forces, National defense University, USA (1 year); student Degree of Master of Science in National Resource Strategy, National Defense University, USA between 2000 and 2001; commander, Air Division between 2001 and 2002; commander, Air Operational Command between 2002 and 2003

1 August 2003 – 12 March 2007, Chief of Romanian Air Force Staff Commander of Air Division and Air Operational Command between 2001-2003. In August 2003 General Catrina was appointed the Chief of the Romanian Air Force Staff.[1]

He is member of The Hall of Fame International Fellows, National Defence University, Washington DC, USA On March 12, 2007, he was discharged from active duty and promoted to the rank of General by President Traian Băsescu.[2]

Personal life[edit | edit source]

He is married and has two children, a son and a daughter.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. (Official Site of the Romanian Air Force)
  2. (Romanian) Şeful Forţelor Aeriene, generalul Catrina, trecut în rezervă, "The Air Force chief, General Catrina, discharged from active duty", Gândul, March 13, 2007
Military offices
Preceded by
Chief of the Romanian Air Force Staff
Succeeded by
Constantin Croitoru

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