Alumni on the Move, Classes of 1996 - 2000

The following alumni have received a new assignment, been promoted, or changed position recently. If you have recently received a new assignment or know of a classmate who has, we would love to know about it.  Even if the information is old to you, it may still be new to us!  Please take a minute to send us an update using this Alumni Update Form.

Class of 1996

COL Hugo Contreras, Colombia, ICAF Class of 1996, serves as Marines Special Forces Battalion Commander

AMB Radion Popov, Bulgaria, ICAF Class of 1996, was appointed Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, and was the former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs

Dr. Sapto J. Poerwowidagdo RADM (Ret.), Indonesia, NWC Class of 1996, works at Indonesia Defense University

Gen (Ret.) Lajos Fodor, Hungary, NWC Class of 1996, Administrative State Secretary of Hungary

Mr. Michal Lenert, Poland, ICAF Class of 1996, Director at middle size IT company in Warsaw, Poland

LtGen (Ret) Evergisto de Vergara, Argentina, NWC Class of 1996, Professor at The Intelligence College and in the Master Degree in Strategy at the Army General Staff College

Class of 1997

BG Matthias Weibel, Switzerland, NWC class of 1997, has retired from the military

COL (Ret.) Julio E. Soto, Chile, NWC Class of 1997 is now Chief of the Postgraduate Program Department at Chilean National Academy of Political and Strategic Studies.

LTG (R) Alexandru Grumaz, Romania, ICAF Class of 1997, Raiffeisen Capital & Investment-Advisor to the Board

LtGen(Ret) Kazushige Izumi, Japan, NWC Class of 1997, Advisor Toyota Motor Corporation, Advisor All Japan Airborne Paratrooper Association

GPCAPT Putthinat Vacharapanich, Thailand, ICAF Class of 1997, Retired

BG (Ret) Regulo Anselmi, Venezuela, ICAF Class of 1997, President of R Y M Corp. Total Solutions, C.A. (Management Consulting)

LtGen (Ret) Henryk Tacik, Poland, NWC Class of 1997, Retired

Class of 1998

COL Bektash Kolasi, Albania, ICAF Class of 1998, Retired

Mr. Klaus Winter, Germany, ICAF Class of 1998, Retired from Airbus Group

MG Khalid Migren Al Saud, Saudi Arabia, NWC Class of 1998 retired from service

MG Mate Padjen, Croatia, ICAF Class of 1998, serves as Deputy Chief of Defence for operations

COL Edgar Luis Villegas, Mexico, NWC Class of 1998, is now Vice Chief of Staff Operations, Army General Staff

MajGen Zulkiflee Bin Mazlan, Malaysia, NWC Class of 1998, Director General of Veterans Affairs

Class of 1999

GEN (Ret.) Pavel Stefka, Czech Republic, NWC Class of 1999, now works as Advisor to CEO/IDET at Beletrhy Brno a.s.

CAPT (Ret.) Jorge Genaro Rodriguez Serrano, ICAF Class of 1999, is working as the Peruvian Navy Shipyard’s Commercial Manager

CAPT (Ret.) Jorge g. Rodriguez, Peru, ICAF Class of 1999, works as a Commercial Manager at Servicios Industriales de la Marina (SIMA PERU)

BG (Ret) Dr. Catalin-Marius Tarnacop, Romania, NWC Class of 1999, Retired

BG Jimmy Tan, Singapore, NWC Class of 1999, SAF-NTU Academy, Nanyang Technological University

MG (Ret) Hernando Ortiz-Rodriguez, Colombia, ICAF Class of 1999, Retired from Colombian Army Second Command (2005-2006)

CAPT (Ret) John Walton, Australia, NWC Class of 1999, Reserve Naval Officer and Defence Material Organization, Retired in 2010

Class of 2000

BG Helmut Habermayer, Austria, ICAF Class of 2000, was promoted to brigadier general and serves as Director Capability Development Directorate – Chief Information Officer

Maj Gen Marin Natchev, Bulgaria, ICAF Class of 2000, was promoted to major general and serves as National Military Representative (NMR) at SHAPE, Mons Belgium

RADM (Ret.) Dong Bo Sim, Korea, NWC Class of 2000, now serves as the Managing Director, Naval Shipbuilding Division; Hyundai Heavy Industry.

MG (Ret.) Abdel Salam Al-harazneh, Jordan, ICAF Class of 2000, was selected as Vice President for Military Affairs, Mutah University

Mr. Andreas Domann, Germany, ICAF Class of 2000, serves as Vice President – Sea/Space Business Unit, Cassidian Optonics GmbH

LTG Werther Araya, Chile, ICAF Class of 2000, was appointed Chairman of the Interamerican Defense Board

COL Tomasz Piekarski, Poland, JFSC Class of 2000, Deputy Commander of 6th Airborne BRIGADE (PL)

COL (Ret.) Gabriel Kopecky, Slovakia, NWC Class of 2000, Civilian

LtGen (Ret) Athanasios (Thanos) Kotoulas, Greece, ICAF Class of 2000, Retired

Mr. Edgars Rinkevics, Latvia, ICAF Class of 2000, was named Minister of Foreign Affairs for the Republic of Latvia.