CHAIN OF COMMAND 

PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC
President Iván Duque Márquez

He was born in Bogotá on August 1, 1976. He is a lawyer graduated from the Sergio Arboleda University, with major studies in philosophy and humanities. Expert in economics, with executive studies at Harvard, and with master's degrees from Georgetown, in Public Policy Management, and from American University, in Economic Law.

He has been columnist and professor. He was the head of the Culture, Creativity and Solidarity division of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), leading social innovation, entrepreneurship, youth issues and creative economy. He was a consultant to the IDB presidency and a main advisor for Colombia.

As Senator he worked for the approval of five laws of the Republic: the Orange Law, which promotes the creative industries and culture as a motor of development; the Severance Act, which allows the use of Severance savings to prepay the education of children and dependents; the Defibrillators Act, which makes mandatory the installation of Defibrillators in public places and in emergency transport in Colombia; the Law of 'Empresas B', which provides the conditions to create commercial societies of Collective and Benefit Interest, and he is co-author of the Law that extended the maternity labor permission days from 14 to 18 weeks.

He is the author of books such as Indignacción, ideas para la Colombia del Futuro; Pecados Monetarios; Maquiavelo en Colombia; Efecto Naranja; El Futuro Está en el Centro; Arqueología de mi Padre; and is co-author, along with Felipe Buitrago, of the book La Economía Naranja.

President Iván Duque in addition to his legislative activity has been successful in several areas of the country's political current affairs. He was the one who drafted, presented and defended the lawsuit against the Legislative Act for Peace, before the Constitutional Court, which limited the fast track procedure and allow the Congress to make changes in the implementation of the agreements with Farc. In 2016 he was chosen as one of the most important leaders in the country by Semana Magazine and the Colombia Líder Foundation. During his three years as a congressman he was elected as the best Senator by his own colleagues and by several local organizations that stand out and measure the work of Colombian legislators.

President Duque is married to Mrs. María Juliana Ruiz, who have three children: Luciana, Matías and Eloísa.

On June 17, 2018, Iván Duque was elected President of Colombia for the constitutional period 2018 - 2022, with 10,398,689 votes, with a government program based on Legality, Entrepreneurship and Equity.
 

MINISTER OF NATIONAL DEFENSE Dr. CARLOS HOLMES TRUJILLO GARCÍA
Dr. Carlos Holmes Trujillo García 
Minister of National Defense, Mr. Carlos Holmes Trujillo García, is a lawyer with extensive experience in the public sector in Colombia.
He has a Doctorate in Law and Political and Social Sciences from the Universidad del Cauca, where he also specialized in Criminal Law and Criminology. In addition, he has a Master in International Business from the University of Sofia, Tokyo (Japan).
Trujillo has been Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of National Education and Minister of Interior. He has been Commissioner Senior for Peace, Ambassador to the UN and the OAS, and to several other States. Consul of Colombia in Tokyo and person in charge of Business of Colombia in Japan. He was also secretary of the Treasury and Mayor of the city of Cali, He is also founder and president of the Colombian Federation of Municipalities, and he was delegate to the National Constituent Assembly.
He has served as a professor at several universities, including the Colegio Mayor de Nuestra Señora del Rosario, he has been Columnist in various media. He has written several book such as El Compromiso (The Commitment), El Voto Programático (The Programmatic Vote), et Al Oído de Uribe: Cómo iniciar un nuevo proceso de paz en Colombia (At the Ear of Uribe: How to start a new peace process in Colombia).
Recently, he was Director of the Office of Contribution to the Great National Debates at the Universidad del Rosario.

GENERAL COMMANDER OF THE COLOMBIAN MILITARY FORCES
General Luis Fernando Navarro Jiménez 
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.
General Luis Fernando Navarro Jiménez has a home with Mrs. Mónica Tovar Osorio, and his children Juanita, Luis Felipe, Mónica María and María Fernanda.
 
General jorge león gonzález parra
General jorge león gonzález parra

General Jorge León González Parra, was born on December 16, 1963 in Palmira (Valle), during his career he has served as Commander of the Training Group and Academic Group of the NCO School “Andrés M. Díaz”, Commander of the Air Force Security and Defense Group in CACOM-6, and in the Military Aviation Academy.
He has been in other positions such as Chief of Air Security during the government of Mr. César Gaviria Trujillo, Former President of the Republic, Director of Operations, Chief of Planning of the Headquarters of Security and Defense of Air Bases, General Assistant to the General Command of the Military Forces, Chief of Human Development, Chief of Security and Defense, Commander of the Personnel Command and Inspector General of the Military Forces.
He served as an Air Deputy to the Colombian embassy in Washington and an air attaché to the Colombian embassy in Ecuador.
General González is a Master in Security and National Defense from the Superior Academy of War, Specialist in International Law applicable to Armed Conflicts – DICA, of the Military School of Cadets of the National Army, Specialist in Senior Management of the University of La Sabana, Specialist In General Staff of the Superior War academy, he has a Diploma in Human Management by Competences of the University of La Sabana, a Diploma in Quality Management granted by INCONTEC, he holds the title of Aeronautical Administrator, he had Quality and Productivity studies at the Universidad del Valle and he studied the Senior Business Management Program (PADE) at the University de La Sabana.
He has been awarded with more than 30 National and International decorations, including the Order of Boyacá, the Order of San Carlos, the Francisco José de Caldas Academic Merit Medal, the Human Rights Medal and the 35 Years of Service Medal.
General Jorge León González Parra, was promoted to his current rank on August 7, 2020. Today he is the Chief of Staff of the Colombian Military Forces.
General Eduardo Enrique Zapateiro Altamiranda
General Eduardo Enrique Zapateiro Altamiranda

He was born on July 18, 1962, in Cartagena, Bolívar. He entered the Military School of Cadets in 1983, graduating as a second lieutenant in the Infantry branch in 1985; he was promoted to the rank of Major General on December 1, 2017.
He is a professional in Military Sciences of the Military School of Cadets, he has a Diploma in Teaching and University Research, a Diploma in Strategy and Prospective of the Externado University and a postgraduate Specialist in Command and General Staff. 
He followed the course of Administration of Resources for the Defense at the School of Weapons and Services and holds a Master's Degree in National Security and Defense at the Superior War academy. He is a Master of Science in Security and Inter-American Defense of the Inter-American Defense College in Fort McNair, Washington. He was invited to the V Symposium of Latin American Officers of high ranks entitled “Perspective of the partnership and cooperation between China and Latin America” in China in 2011, He developed the Senior Business Management Program at INALDE.
 
During his career he has served, among others, in the following positions:
Commander of the School of Military Parachuting (ESPAM) in Tolemaida, Commander and Founder of the Commandoes Battalion No. 1 “Ambrosio Almeida”, in Tolemaida, Commander of the Battalion Colombia No. 3 in the Sinai Peninsula - Israel, Director of the School of Soldiers in Nilo - Cundinamarca, Commander of the Special Operations Command of the Army (COESE), Commander of the Unified Special Operations Command (CUNOE), Commander of the Tenth Armored Brigade in La Guajira, Commander of the Fifth Brigade in Bucaramanga, Director of the Military School of Cadets in Bogotá, Commander of the Joint Task Force Omega in Larandia – Caquetá, and currently he was Commander of the Joint Special Operations Command (CCOES), leading the main effort of the Military Forces in the execution of the War Plan “ Bicentenary". 
General Eduardo Zapateiro planned and led the Operation “Fenix” in March 2008, and achieved the neutralization of the second in command FARC leader Luis Edgar Devia Silva, aka Raúl Reyes, consolidating for the first time a military operation directed against the command structure of the FARC at its highest level. Later the same year, he led the Operation “Elipse” for six months along with advisers and planners of the US Special Forces Southern Command. (SOCSOUTH), through a sustained effort for the operational configuration prior to Operation “Jaque”, which led to the rescue of 15 military, police men and politicians kidnapped along with three US citizens for more than ten years in the Colombian jungles. In June 2010, he led the Operation “Cameleon” to secure the rescue of 4 soldiers and police officers kidnapped by the FARC.
 He has been awarded with 52 medals and national military decorations, including the following: Cruz de Boyacá Order in the category Comendador and Grand Officer category, Distinguished Services in Law and order for eleven times, Distinguished Services in Special Operations for two times, the medals Antonio Nariño and José María Córdova in Grand Officer category, the 30-year service time medal and he holds several military distinctions such as Lancero, Airborne, Paratrooper, Operation Colombia, Counter guerrillas, Special Land Commando, and Military Professor and Instructor; and the Presidential Citation of the “ Military Victory. " 
Vicealmirante Gabriel Alfonso Pérez Garcés
Vice Admiral Gabriel Alfonso Pérez Garcés
Vice Admiral Gabriel Alfonso Pérez Garcés was born on December 10, 1964 in Bogotá. He entered the Naval Cadet School Admiral Padilla in 1983, graduating as Lieutenant of Corvette, on June 6, 1986, in the specialty of executive surface. He was promoted to the rank of Vice Admiral by decree no. 728, of 27 April 2018. His most recent duty was serving as chief of the operational Naval Staff.
He is a Naval Engineer with emphasis on electronics of the Naval School Almirante Padilla, he has an specialization in Command and General Staff of the Superior School of War; he followed the course of high Military Studies, the Program of high Business Management at the INALDE Institute of the University of La Sabana in Bogotá, a Master program in Security and National Defense. He served as a liaison officer for the Colombian Navy in the (Joint Interagency Task Force South - JIATFS), in Key West, Florida, United States.
During his military naval career, he has served as Chief of Armament and Operations Departments, second commander and Commander of the ARC Caldas, of the missile frigate Admiral Padilla, head of the deck Department, second commander and Commander of the school ship ARC GLORIA, head of analysis and production of the Naval Intelligence Headquarters, head of the Operations Department and Chief of Staff of the surface Flotilla of the Atlantic Naval Force, Chief of Staff of the Joint Command No.1. Naval Fleet Command, Naval Force of the Eastern Command, Naval Director of the Academy of Cadets Admiral Padilla, Caribbean Naval Force Commander and Naval Chief of operational Staff.
Vice Admiral Gabriel Alfonso Pérez Garcés has been awarded with the following decorations: Order of Boyacá, Medal for Distinguished Services in Law and order, Military Medal Faith in the Cause National Navy, Order to Naval Merit Almirante Padilla, Order of Liberty, Order of Merit Logistics José Fernández Madrid, Order of merit Coronel Guillermo Fergusson, Order Dignity and Homeland in the grade Great Solidarity of the Honorable House of Representatives, Order Flower of Inírida, Medal Inocencio Chincá, Medal the Rising Sun, Medal the Great Municipal Cross and honorary recognition Indigenous Peoples of Amazonia-Orinoquia of the Directorate of ethnicities of the Ministry of the Interior and Justice, and at the international level the Naval medal Admiral Luís Brión of the Navy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
COMMANDER OF THE COLOMBIAN AIR FORCE
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.
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.