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Colonel Ferenc KISS

Colonel Ferenc Kiss has been the Chief of Staff of HDF vitéz Szurmay Sándor Budapest Garrison Brigade since 2017. The Brigade is the largest military unit in the capital of Hungary, and it is responsible for a very wide range of tasks, including full-scale logistics support for the MoD and other military organizations in Budapest, provision of Communications and Information Services at HDF-level, preserving of military music traditions, performing high-level protocol and honour guard tasks, information security functions, as well as organization and performing of cultural and recreation duties at HDF-level, etc.

He has served at the MINURSO mission in Western Sahara as a Camp Commander, and the Chief of Staff of the NATO HQ Sarajevo in 2021-2022. Colonel Kiss’s career covers platoon commander, company commander, battalion chief of staff and battalion commander posts. Before having been promoted to be Brigade Chief of Staff, he had been the Deputy Commander of the 32. National Parade Unit, which carries out the highest level Honour Guard tasks, the security- and protocol guarding of the Hungarian Crown in the Parliament, and the protocol guarding of the Office of the President.

Colonel Kiss graduated from Kossuth Lajos Military College as a mechanized infantry officer in 1997. He got his MSC Degree in 2011 at the Miklós Zrínyi National Defence University, he took an IMOC Course in 2014. Colonel Kiss graduated from the Military Senior Leader Course at the National Defence University in 2019.

He has received the following awards during his career:

- Service Medal, silver and gold;

- Officer’s medal for 10 and 20 years of service;

- For Peacekeeping: Service Medal (UN, 2)

- Service medal for flood protection

His language skills include an English STANAG 3333 language exam, as well as Russian and German basic level exams.

Colonel Kiss is married, they have one child. His hobbies are sports (running, biking), and, above all, playing with his 11-year-old boy.

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