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North Macedonia National Military Representative

Colonel Goran Kochev


Goran Kochev
27 March 1970
Gevgelija, Republic of Macedonia

Professional Information

Military Rank: Colonel
Branch of Military Service: Artillery
Current Duty Position: National Military Representative to SHAPE

Military Service

1993 - 1995

120 mm. Mortar, Platoon Leader

1995 - 1999120 mm. Mortar, Deputy Commander, Artillery Battery
1999 - 200076.2 mm. Cannon M-48 B1, Artillery Battery Commander
2000 - 2003Desk Officer, International Cooperation Department (ICD), MoD
2003 - 2006Advisor for regional cooperation, ICD, MoD
2006 - 2010National Liaison representative to NATO, ACT, Norfolk, VA, USA
2010 - 2015Advisor for bilateral cooperation, ICD, MoD
2015 - 2017Head of section for scenario planing, Simulation Center, Command for training and doctrine,
GS of the Army, Veles
2017 - 2023Head of defence resources section; Policy and Planning Department, MoD
September 2023National Military Representative to NATO, SHAPE


2014 - 2015Army War College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, USA, Master of Strategic Studies
2000Command and General Staff College, Compiegne, France
1988 - 1992Military Academy in Belgrade, Former Yugoslavia / Skopje, Macedonia


English, fluent (STANAG 3,3,3,3 - January 2022)
French, fluent (STANAG 3,3,3,3 - April 2021)

International Training

2018Defence resources management course, Monterrey, CA, USA
2013International purchaser course, DISAM, Dayton, OH, USA
2005C 49 NATO Staff Orientation Course
2004International Staff Officers' Orientation Course, Rijswijk, The Netherlands
2002Human Rights in Operations, San Remo, Italy (in French)
1999French language course, St Jean, Canada

Many other official visits, short courses stay, or living in Norfolk, VA, USA. (2006 - 2010) while being partner national liaison representative to NATO HQ SACT.


Music, internet, movies, football

Marital Status

Married to Pavlina, two children (son Nikola, 17 and daughter Virginia, 16 years old).

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