LIEUTENANT GENERAL BASHKIM JASHARI
The 4th Commander of the Kosovo Security Force, the nation`s highest-ranking military officer, and the main military adviser to the President, Prime Minister and the Kosovo Security Council.
Lieutenant General Bashkim Jashari was born on November 15, 1977 in Prekaz, Skenderaj. General Jashari alongside with now Kosovo`s national heroes Hamez and Adem Jashari, and many other fighters were actively involved in the efforts to liberate Kosovo from the violence and terror that was being inflicted in Kosovo`s people by the Serbian regime. General Jashari is one of the two survivors of his extended family who fought his way out of his family`s compound on the three day siege laid by Serbian military, police, and paramilitary forces. After the heroic resistance of the Jashari family, which now is a symbol of freedom in Kosovo`s history, Kosovo erupted in war. Despite the loss of almost his entire family, General Jashari fiercely continued his family`s path, inspiring young men and women to join the Kosovo Liberation Army in the fight for freedom. He served as Deputy Commander in Drenica Operational Zone in Kosovo Liberation Army.
General Jashari continued his military career serving in the Kosovo Protection Corps, which was the successor organization of the Kosovo Liberation Army. In 1999 he was appointed as the Deputy Commander of the First Protection Zone. In June 2001 he took command of this unit/zone. His respected military reputation, based on his contribution during the war, helped him lead and inspire units and KSF members towards building a modern and professional force.
In 2009, when Kosovo Security Force was founded, General Jashari became part of the Ministry of Kosovo Security Force appointed as the Inspector General for the KSF. His role was a key factor in the KSF`s transition process, he ensured that the MoD/KSF`s staff were handling this process in accordance with laws and regulations. He was promoted to Major General in March 2018, and due to ministry`s transformation was re-appointed as the Inspector General. In November 2021 by presidential decree, General Jashari assumed the command of the Kosovo Security Force.
In addition to his military training and education in Command and General Staff College and later in Senior Defense and Security Studies acquired in Spiro Moisiu Defense Academy in Albania, LTG Jashari has a law degree from University of Prishtina. During his military studies, he has published a scientific paper on the Foundation of the Kosovo Liberation Army and the Establishment of the State As a Result of the War.
LTG Jashari is married and has a daughter and three sons. His hobbies are swimming, soccer and hiking.
He speaks Albanian and English (elementary level).
Medals and Awards
2017 Medal for Selfless Service by the Commander of Kosovo Security Force
2015 Medal for Selfless Service by the Commander of Kosovo Security Force
2012 Medal for Distinguished Service by the Minister of Defense
2008 Presidential Medal of Merits by the President of Kosovo the Republic of Kosovo
Education Training and Publications
2016 Participation in the International Symposium of Combat Air – Combat Air Academy
2015 Senior Leaders Planning, Programing and Budgeting Course – Defense Management Institute
2010 Scientific paper on the Foundation of the Kosovo Liberation Army and the Establishment of the State As a Result of the War – Albanian Defense Academy
2010 Senior Defense and Security Studies – Spiro Moisiu Defense Academy in Albania
2007 Command and General Staff College – Spiro Moisiu Defence Academy in Albania
2001 Leadership – Belgium Ministry of Interior
1999 Civil Security for Senior Leaders – France