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Area of Responsibility
The Director acts as the official representative of RACVIAC. He/she is responsible for the direction and control of all the elements of operation of RACVIAC. He/she tasks all personnel attached or assigned to RACVIAC within the limits of RACVIAC SOPs and relevant explicit national regulations, to fulfil RACVIAC’s mission. He/she also implements the general guideline decisions for the operation of RACVIAC as given by the Multinational Advisory Group (MAG) and informs MAG, through the MAG Chairperson, on all matters of substance.
Major General Bazo graduated from the Albanian Military Academy “Skënderbej” in Tirana, Republic of Albania in 1985 and was commissioned as an active duty officer in the Albanian Armed Forces. During the first years of his career he served as Platoon Leader, Infantry Company Commander, Battalion executive officer and as an Instructor in Branch/Troop School.
MG Bazo served as the Head of Section in the Personnel Department, Albanian MoD, from 1993 to 1995. In 1996 he graduated from the George C. Marshall, European Centre for Security Studies – College for Security Studies and Defence Economics. He then served as the Head of the newly established Department for National Security at the Albanian Defence Academy.
From 1997 to 2000 MG Bazo served as NATO Liaison Officer in the Albanian MoD. Later that year he was assigned as the Commandant of the Albanian NCO-s Academy where he served until October 2002.
In 2003 BG Bazo commanded the Albanian Military Academy, leading the efforts to transform the military commissioning undergraduate school to a Military University. He served as the Commandant of the Albanian Military University until June 2005.
In 2007 MG Bazo was assigned to plan and initiate a Regional Senior Course on Security and Defence Studies. International participation in this Course supported the Albanian efforts and those of other countries in the region to become full NATO members by 2009.
During the period 2010-2012 MG BAZO led the Defence Planning and Monitoring Division (J5) at the Albanian General Staff. This was an important period of the Albanian Armed Forces as a new NATO member. During his leadership in the J5 there were a number of important duties and tasks accomplished which were the fundamental milestones for a full integration into NATO. Some of the main ones are the implementation of the new AAF Structure, Albanian-NATO integration Conferences, Submission of the Defence Planning Capability Survey and NATO-Albania bilateral and multilateral meetings/consultation, NATO Transformation Conferences and NATO Military Committee Meetings in CHOD format.
MG Bazo graduated from the Albanian Command and General Staff College and is a graduate of the United States Army War College, class of 2006, where he earned a Master’s degree in Strategic Studies.
He has also participated, contributed and lectured in many conferences and working groups mainly on defence, security and education issues.
MG Bazo has published articles in a variety of specialized papers and magazines and is the author & co-author of many research papers and articles.
He was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General in 2012, and served as the Defence and Security Adviser to the President of the Republic of Albania.
By the decree of the President of the Republic of Albania Nr.8372 he was appointed as the Chief of General Staff of AAF in the period 2013-2016, and was promoted to the rank of Major General.
During his career MG Bazo has been awarded several decorations including the Military Merit Medal for distinguished work and contributions.
Major General Bazo is married and has 2 children.