CHAIN OF COMMAND
Minister of Defense Guillermo Botero Nieto
Lawyer of the University of Los Andes, where he was in the same way a teacher. He is a businessman with extensive experience, who has combined the profession of law, with business activities in areas of foreign trade and logistics operation. He has always been linked to trade activities.
His business activity includes the export of flowers since 1979. He was in the same way president, for 10 years, of a company of storage, handling and custody of goods in logistics processes.
From November 2003 to July 2018, he held the Presidency of the National Federation of Merchants (Fenalco), an institution that counted on his collaboration as a member of its Board of Directors on several occasions since 1985.
He has been a lecturer in different forums on political and economic issues.
Major General Luis Fernando Navarro Jiménez
Major General Luis Fernando Navarro Jiménez was born on November 4, 1960, in the municipality of Chía, in the department of Cundinamarca, in the home formed by Luis Ernesto Navarro Moreno (R.I.P.) and Mrs. Elismely Jiménez de Navarro. He finished his secondary studies and graduated from the departmental school José Joaquín Casas. He entered the Military School of Cadets 'General José María Córdova' in January 1980, where he finished his studies of Military Sciences, and graduated as a second lieutenant of the Infantry on December 1, 1982.
During the course of his military career, he has taken military training courses to grow to different degrees and specializations such as: Skydiving, Head of Jump, Lancero and Special Ground Commando. He has General Staff diploma; he followed the program in High Business Management, in the Business School, Universidad de la Sabana; he has a Diploma in Business Administration from the Catholic University of Chile; a Diploma in Strategy, Innovation and Foresight, from the Universidad Externado de Colombia, and Master in Security and National Defense. In the same way, he is military professor in Military Sciences and Strategy, he has been a guest lecturer in several institutions, such as the War College of France, the War School of Spain and he has participated in conferences as a panelist in the framework of hemispheric cooperation with the Southern Command and the Pacific Command of the United States.
His military career has grown in infantry combat units and training of Army officers and NCOs, including: Second Commander of Infantry Battalion No. 35 'Heroes del Güepí', inspector of studies and second commander of the Infantry School, Commander of the Airborne Infantry Battalion No. 28 'Colombia', Commander of the Cadet Battalion No. 3, academic vice-rector of the Military School of Cadets and professor of the War College.
He has served as second commander of the Eighteenth Brigade, director of the Military Education Center, commander of the Rapid Deployment Force, Commander of the Joint Task Force Omega and commander of the Joint Special Operations Command.
In the rank of Colonel he led the diplomatic representation of the Army as a military, naval and air attaché in the Republic of Chile and he was director of Comprehensive Action of the Army.
He was serving as second commander of the National Army, and, by appointment of President Ivan Duque Márquez, on December 10, 2018, he became General Commander of the Colombian Military Forces.
He has been decorated with the Distinguished Services Medal, Grand Official category, by the Ministry of National Defense; Order of Boyacá, Grand Officer; Order of Military Merit Antonio Nariño, Grand Officer; Military Merit Order 'General José María Córdova', in the category of Grand Officer; Medal of Distinguished Services in Law and order, four times; the Faith in the Cause Medal; the Battle of Ayacucho Medal; the Medal of Distinguished Services of the Military Forces; the Military Medal Campaña del Sur and the Medal of Special Services for Special Operations and the medal of the Special Operations Command of the United States.
Major General Luis Fernando Navarro Jiménez has a home with Mrs. Mónica Tovar Osorio, and his children Juanita, Luis Felipe, Mónica María and María Fernanda.
Major General Ricardo Jiménez Mejía
In 1980 he entered the Military School of Cadets 'General José María Córdova', being promoted to the rank of second lieutenant on June 1, 1983 in the Infantry of the Army.
He was born in Manizales, in the department of Caldas, on January 31, 1963, he is married to Mrs. Sandra Victoria Rivera Carvajal; they have a daughter, Catalina Jiménez Rivera.
He is a professional in Military Sciences with a Master's Degree in Finances and Public Administration, a Master's Degree in Defense and National Security, a Senior Business Management Program, PADE, from the University of La Sabana. He has a Diploma in Strategic Prospective, in University Teaching and a Course of Human Talent Management.
During his career he has followed military courses of “Lancero” and Parachuting, and the mandatory courses: advanced Course, Military School of firearms and Services, course of General Staff at the War College and High Military Studies at the War College.
During his 38-year military career, he has held various positions, including Chief of Staff of Army Operations, Army Chief of Operations, Coordinator of the Commander's Advisory Group in the Ministry of National Defense, Commander of the Third Brigade, Chief of Staff of the Seventh Division, Naval Military Attaché of Colombia in the State of Israel, Commander of the Mobile Brigade No. 6, Director of admission of the Military School of Cadets 'General José María Córdova', Commander of the Battalion of Infantry Airborne No. 31 'Rifles'.
Among the medals in his military career, he has obtained important decorations such as: Order of Los Libertadores 'Cruz de Boyacá', Medal of Distinguished Services, two times, Military Merit 'José María Córdova', Military Order of Merit 'Antonio Nariño', Medal for Time of Service 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35 years, Medal of Distinguished Services to the Military Forces, Medal of Distinguished Service in Law and order, Medal Faith in the Cause, the Ayacucho Medal, the Medal of the Defense Forces of the State of Israel , among others.
Major General Nicacio De Jesús Martínez Espinel
He is an officer General of the cavalry of the Colombian National Army. On December 10, 2018, he was appointed by President Iván Duque Márquez as Commander of the Colombian National Army.
General Nicacio Martínez Espinel graduated as a second lieutenant from the Military School 'José María Córdova', on December 1, 1981, and graduated as professional in Military Sciences of the same Academy in 1989.
Major General Nicacio Martínez Espinel studied International Higher Management at Universidad de los Andes, in 2017, and National Strategic Senior Management, in Universidad de la Sabana, 2010. He holds a Masters degree in National Defense Security, from the Superior School of War, in 2010; Logistics Administrator, from the School of Logistics, 2008. He is in the same way a Business Administrator, from the Universidad Cooperativa de Colombia, in 1999. He is a professional in Military Sciences, from the Military School of Cadets “General José María Córdova”, in 1989. He has completed courses of High Military Studies, in the War College, 2010; Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law, at the Autonomous University of Bucaramanga, 1999, and course of General Staff, at the War College, 1999.
He has several postgraduate degrees, including specialist in University Teaching, Honoris Causa, in the Center for Military Education, 2015; Specialist in Human Resources Management, in Universidad Sergio Arboleda, 2004, and Specialist in Security and Defense, in the Military School of Cadets 'General José María Córdova', in 1999.
He also completed the English course at the Interamerican Defense College, 1998-1999, in Washington D.C., and Improvement off Arms, at the Escola de aperfeicoamiento de oficiais de la República Federativa do Brasil of the Federative Republic of Brazil, of the Brazilian Army, in 1990, in Brazil.
Vice Admiral Evelio Ramírez Gáfaro
He is an Officer of the National Navy of Colombia. On December 10, 2018. He was appointed by President Iván Duque Márquez as Commander of the National Navy of Colombia.
Vice Admiral Ramírez, was born on February 10, 1963 in Pamplona, in the department of Norte de Santander and entered the Naval Academy of Cadets Almirante Padilla in 1981, graduating as Corvette Lieutenant on December 1, 1984.
During his career he has held positions in the surface specialty in the naval units such as Chief of the Armament Department, Chief Operations Department, Second Commander of the ship 'ARC Caldas'; Commander of the Ship 'ARC Almirante Padilla', Director of Naval Operations of the Naval Operations Headquarters, Commander of the Specific Command of San Andrés y Providencia, Head of the Navy Department of the War College and Head of Naval Intelligence, Director of the Naval Academy of Cadets 'Almirante Padilla', Commander of the Caribbean Naval Force.
He has collaborated, on behalf of Colombia, in the Operation UNITAS XLI Phase Caribbean, in Puerto Rico, the EXPONAL Chile in 2006, in Valparaiso, Chile, as Liaison Officer to the Southern Command in Mayport, United States, as well as on the Closing of the Inter-American War Games of 2010, in the Dominican Republic. In an official visit he met the organization and facilities of the Office of Regional Affairs of the United States of America and was in official visit at the French Customs office.
In the course of his military career he has obtained great achievements and recognitions, including:
Military Medal Superior School of War
Medal of Distinguished Services to the National Navy.
Military Ministry of National Defense.
Military Medal Francisco José de Caldas.
Order of Naval Merit 'Almirante Padilla'.
Military Order of Merit Antonio Nariño.
Military Medal Fe en la Causa.
Medal of Logistic and Administrative Merit “Admiral Rafael Tono”.
Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.
Major General Ramsés Rueda Rueda
He was born in El Socorro, in the department of Santander, on June 25, 1962. He entered the Military School of Aviation in 1981. In December 1983 he graduated, entering the ranks of officers of the Colombian Air Force as Second Lieutenant, obtaining first place in the specialty of military pilot.
As he graduated, he began his career as a fighter pilot and flight instructor in AT-33 training and attack aircraft, RT-33 aerial reconnaissance and supersonic Mirage 5. Subsequently, he continued his career in cargo and passenger transport aircrafts, finishing as instructor of the KC-137 tanker. In his career experience he has accumulated 7,000 hours of flight.
Major General Rueda is Aeronautical Administrator, with specialization in General Staff and Magister in National Security and Defense; He completed the (PADE in Spanish) High performance Program with the University of La Sabana and graduated from the Air War College at the Air University of the USAF, Maxwell Air Base, in Montgomery, Alabama, in the United States.
He has served, among others, in the following positions: Commander of the Combat Squadrons 211 T-33 and 212 Mirage; Second Commander and Chief of Staff of the Military Transport Air Command, CATAM; Commander of the Air Combat Command No. 2, Apiay Air Base; Director of the Military School of Aviation, “Marco Fidel Suárez” Air Base; Commander of the Air Combat Command No. 1., “Germán Olano” Air Base; Chief of Aeronautical Education and General Inspector of the Colombian Air Force, a position that he hold during the last three years. By appointment of President Iván Duque Márquez, on December 10, 2018, he becomes Commander of the Colombian Air Force.
Among the most important recognitions and medals he counts on he has the medal of distinguished services in law and order; Medal Francisco José de Caldas, for academic merit, first place in the Command Course; achievement medal, granted by the Air Force of the United States of America and a medal of 35 years of service.