ALGIERS – The headquarters of the General Staff of People’s National Army were named, on Tuesday, after the late Ahmed Gaïd Salah, during a ceremony chaired by the president of the Republic, Abdelmadjid Tebboune.
Gaid Salah is an early mujaheed, with a rich career within the ANP serving this institution and Algeria. Born on January 13, 1940 in the province of Batna, Gaïd Salah, a young activist in the nationalist movement, joined the maquis at the age of 17, where he rose through the hierarchy to be appointed company commander, respectively in the 21st , 29th, and 39th battalions of the National Liberation Army, according to his biography published on the website of the Ministry of National Defense.
At independence, he followed a training cycle in Algeria for two (02) years, then in the former USSR (Russia), from 1969 to 1971, before graduating from the Académie de Vystrel ( Moscow).
The deceased participated, in 1968, in the Middle East War in Egypt.
During his military career, he assumed within the land battle corps the following functions: artillery group commander, brigade commander, commander of the operational sector center / Bordj Lotfi (3rd Military Region), commander of the Reserve Officers Training School in Blida (1st RM), commander of the Tindouf South Operational Sector (3rd MR), deputy commander of the 5th MR, commander of the 3rd MR and commander of the 2nd MR.
Gaïd Salah was promoted to the rank of Major General on July 5, 1993 and commander of the Land Forces in 1994.
On August 3, 2004, he was appointed Chief of Staff of the ANP, before being promoted to the rank of corps general on July 5, 2006.
Since September 11, 2013, Lieutenant General Ahmed Gaïd Salah has assumed the functions of Deputy Minister of National Defense, Chief of Staff of the ANP.
He was decorated with the ALN medal, the ANP 3rd chevron medal, medal of participation of the ANP in the Middle East wars 1967 and 1973, the medal of bravery, the medal of military merit and the medal of honor.
On December 19, the deceased was decorated with the medal of the Order of National Merit of rank “SADR” by the President of the Republic, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, in recognition of his considerable efforts and his role during a sensitive period having made it possible to respect the Constitution and preserve the security of the citizens, the country and the institutions of the Republic.
Gaïd Salah died on December 23, 2020 of a heart attack at the age of 79.