Michael Haroutounyan (Harutunyan) – 2007-2008 Minister of Defence of the Republic of Armenia, Colonel General in reserve

Michael Haroutounyan

Michael Haroutounyan (Harutunyan) – was born on the 10th of February 1946 in the village of Sagiyan, Shemakhin region of Azerbaijan.

In 1963 he entered Baku Army Higher Command College graduating it in 1967.

In 1976 Colonel General Haroutounyan graduated from the Reconnaissance Department of Frunze Military Academy.

In 1988 he graduated from the USSR Armed Forces General Staff Military Academy.

He was assigned to the following command posts in the Armed Forces of USSR:

– platoon commander,
– company commander,
– Division Reconnaissance Commander,
– Army Corps Reconnaissance Commander
– Army Reconnaissance Commander – Deputy Chief of Army Staff
– Senior Lecturer of Reconnaissance chair at the Academy of the USSR Armed Forces General Staff.

In 1992 by the Order of CIS Joint Armed Forces Chief Commander sent on an assignment at the disposal of the MOD of the Republic of Armenia and was assigned as the First Deputy Chief of General Staff of Armenian Armed Forces – Head of Operational Department.
From 1992-1994 held the post of the First Deputy Chief of the General Staff of Armenian Armed Forces.

In 1994 by the Ordinance of the President of the Republic of Armenia was assigned as the Chief of General Staff of Armenian Armed Forces – First Deputy Minister of Defence.

In 1994 promoted to the rank of Major General by the decree of the President of the Republic of Armenia.

In 1996 promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General by the decree of the President of the Republic of Armenia.

In 2002 promoted to the rank of Colonel General by the decree of the President of the Republic of Armenia.

Awarded with the orders and decorations of USSR, the Republic of Armenia and foreign states: “Service to the Motherland” Second Degree USSR, “Combat Cross” Second Degree RA, “Vardan Mamikonyan” RA, “Combat Cross” Second Degree NKR, “The Legion of Honour” on behalf of the President of the USA, “Combat Service” First Degree by the President of Armenia, “For the Service to the Motherland” First Degree by the President of Armenia, “Marshal Baghramyan” by the Minister of Defence of RA, “For Perfect Service” First and Second Degrees, by the Minister of Defence of RA, “Andranik Ozanyan” by the Minister of Defence of RA, “Coat of Arms” by the Minister of Defence of RA, Nominal weapon by the Minister of Defence of RA, “For Strengthening Combat Collaboration” by the Minister of Defence of Russian Federation