- Alexey Maslov
General of the Army Alexey Fyodorovich Maslov (Russian: Алексей Фëдорович Маслов; born
September 23, 1953) is the former Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Ground Forces. He is a graduate of the Tank Troops Military Academy and in the Military Academy of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces.
Born 23 September 1953 in Panskoye, Kursk region, Alexey Maslov was educated at the
KharkovHigher Tank Command School. His first service tours were in the Carpathian Military District, where he served as tank platoon, company, and battalion commander. In 1984, he earned a degree at the Tank Academy and was appointed as regiment commander (1986) and, later, deputy division commander within the Central Group of Forcesin Czechoslovakia. From 1990 to 1994, General Maslov served as deputy division commander, Volga-Ural Military Districtand, in 1994, assumed command of 15th Guards 'Mozyr' Tank Division, at Chebarkul within the same district.
In 1998, General Maslov graduated from the General Staff Academy and took up the post as deputy commander for training, within the then
Transbaikal Military District.
In 1999, he became Chief of Combat Training in the
Siberian Military District. In March 2000, he was appointed as chief of staff and first deputy army commander of 36th Army within the Siberian Military District.
From June 2001 to 2003, General Maslov served as commander of 57th Army Corps in the
Siberian Military District. [Federation of American Scientists, [http://ftp.fas.org/irp///world/russia/fbis/NorthCaucasusMD.htm North Caucusus MD] ] On 22 March 2003, he was appointed as chief of staff & First Deputy Commander, North Caucasus Military District. He later became First Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff of the Ground Forces. He was promoted to the rank of Colonel General on 12 June 2004.
By a Presidential Decree of 5 November 2004 Alexey Maslov assumed the duties as Ground Forces Commander-in-Chief, succeeding General Nikolai Kormiltsev. As Commander-in-Chief, he started to increase number of contract soldiers in the Russian Ground Forces to increase professionalism in the Ground Forces.
In August 2008, he stepped down from the position of the Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Ground Forces, then moved to the Russian Military Representative to
NATO. [.Kommersant, July 23, 2008 [http://www.kommersant.com/page.asp?id=915013] ] He is replaced by General of the Army Vladimir Boldyrev, former Commander of the Volga-Urals Military District. [http://www.mil.ru/eng/1862/12068/12088/12220/12240/index.shtml]
*Scott & Scott, Russian Military Directory 2004, p.67
*http://mil.ru/eng/1862/12068/12088/12220/12240/index.shtml - Official biography
* [http://www.peoples.ru/military/commander/maslov/index.html Biography at peoples.ru]
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