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Deputy Commander

Colonel Baris Akbas

Colonel Barış AKBAŞ was born in İzmir, Türkiye on the 6th of April 1976. He is married to Ebru with two daughters, İpek (17) and Öykü (5).

After graduating from military high school in 1994, he joined Turkish Military Academy and graduated in 1998 as an infantry officer, as a second lieutenant, with a degree of BA in System Engineering.

Then he accomplished one year long Infantry Officer Training Course and served as platoon, and company commander in different units ranging from mechanized infantry, inland security, recruitment's training to border security. He also served as a battalion commander under the command of Support Group Command of General Staff of Turkish Armed Forces in Ankara.

During 2019-2021 he was assigned as one of the two Deputy Brigadiers of the biggest Border Security Brigade of Turkish Army at the Iraqi/Iranian Border which was responsible for the border security, prevention of any terrorist infiltration and smuggling. During this period, in addition to commanding five battalions he also held bilateral meetings with his counterparts in Iraq and Iran on security issues and protection of borders.

In addition to the field service, he worked at the Ministry of National Defense Plans and Policy Division, located in Ankara, during the period of 2013-2016. During this period he involved in issues concerning security initiatives and organizations like Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), Treaty on Open Skies, South Eastern Europe Defense Ministerial Process (SEDM), and also South Eastern Europe Brigade (SEEBRIG). His center of gravity for his last two years in MoD was on SEDM and SEEBRIG which are very important two initiatives promoting regional cooperation and good neighborly relations, strengthening regional defense capabilities, and also establishing links facilitating integration into Euro-Atlantic institutions in Balkan Region.

In addition to many other military training and courses, he has MA in Defense and Security Management in Alparslan Defense Sciences Institute of National Defense University in 2001.

His last assignment was to 3rd Corps Command (NATO Rapid Deployable Corps-Türkiye/ NRDC-T) as Assistant Chief of Staff (ACOS) of Assessment Branch under DCOS Plans Division.

His hobbies include swimming, trekking, radio-controlled model planes, and watching documentaries about space sciences.

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