Hulusi Akar

Hulusi AKAR / General

General Hulusi AKAR graduated from the Turkish Military Academy as an infantry officer in 1972 and from the Infantry School in 1973.

Following tours as a Platoon Leader and Company Commander between 1973 and 1976, he was assigned to the Turkish Military Academy as a Cadet Platoon Leader and Data Processing Officer for four years.

He graduated from the Army Command and Staff College in 1982, from the Armed Forces College in 1985 and from the U.S. Armed Forces Staff College in 1987.

He served as a company commander, section chief and branch chief at various units and headquarters including the Turkish General Staff. He also served as an instructor at the Army Command and Staff College and was posted abroad as a staff officer in the intelligence division in HQ AFSOUTH / Naples, ltaly between 1990 and 1993. From 1993 to 1994, he was the Military Assistant to the Land Forces Commander, also served as the Chief Public Information Officer. Later on, he continued this assignment for the Commander of the Turkish Armed Forces between the years of 1994-1997. He was subsequently posted as the Commander of the Turkish Brigade - Zenica / Bosnia from 1997 to 1998.

Upon his promotion to Brigadier General in 1998, he commanded the Internal Security Brigade for two years, and then served as the Chief of Plans and Policy in Headquarters AFSOUTH / Naples, Italy between 2000 and 2002.

Following his promotion to Major General in 2002, he assumed the command of the Military Academy for three years and was subsequently the Commander of the Army Command and Staff College for two years until 2007.

After his promotion to Lieutenant General, he was the commander of Land Forces Logistics and then the Commander of NRDC-T and the 3rd Turkish Corps between 2009 and 2011.

Subsequent to his promotion to the rank of General in 2011, he served as the Deputy Chief of the Turkish General Staff from 2011 to 2013, and the Commander of the Turkish Land Forces from 2013 to 2015.

Afterwards, he assumed his current post as the Commander of the Turkish Armed Forces on 18 August 2015.

He was awarded the Courage and Self-Sacrifice Medal by the Turkish General Staff due to his outstanding achievements in internal security operations, Turkish Armed Forces Medal of Service and Medal of Honor for his exceptional service. He was also awarded the NATO Medal and Legion of Merit in Bosnia-Herzegovina during SFOR Operation, the NATO Medal during KFOR operation, Korean National Security Legion of Merit, the United States Legion of Merit, Kazakhstan Armed Forces' 20th Anniversary Medal, Kyrgyzstan Armed Forces General Staff Distinguished Service Medal, Republic of Azerbaijan Distinguished Service in Military Cooperation Medal, Azerbaijan Border Security 95th Anniversary Medal and Pakistan Nishan-ı Imtiaz Medal.

His military and professional education includes a number of academic studies at the Middle East Technical University, Political Sciences FacuIty of Ankara University and Boğaziçi University.

General Hulusi AKAR is married to Şule AKAR, with two children. He speaks English.