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CHIEF OF DEFENCE STAFF

General Patrick NYAMVUMBA

General Patrick Nyamvumba, Chief of Defence Staff – RDF since 22 June 2013.

General Patrick Nyamvumba was appointed the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) in June 2013, prior to his current appointment, he was the Force Commander UNAMID from 2009-2013.

General Patrick NYAMVUMBA has held various Staff and Command appointments in the RDF that include, Commander of Infantry Battalion, Mechanized Infantry Regiment and Infantry Brigade in 1995, 1996 and 1997 respectively. Between 1998 and 1999, he served as Chief of Operations, Plans and Training at the Defence Headquarters.

General Patrick NYAMVUMBA also served as the Commandant of the Force Preparation Centre between 2004 and 2006. Other relevant responsibilities in his Military career include the Chairperson of Rwanda Defence Establishment Committee, Chairperson of the Standing Committee on Defence Budget, Project Coordinator for the establishment of the Rwanda Defence Academy and the Focal Point for AU/UN operations, including MoU negotiations on behalf of the Government of Rwanda. He was also Chief of Logistics.

General Patrick NYAMVUMBA is a graduate of the Nigerian Defence Academy. He also completed National Security Studies at South African Defense College in 2003.

General Patrick NYAMVUMBA is a recipient of the following awards; National Liberation Medal, Campaign against Genocide Medal, Foreign Campaign Medal, Presidential Inauguration Medal, Peace Support Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Command Ribbon, Community Service Ribbon, Order of the Nile Medal and Long Service UN Medal.