Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei in two separate decrees on Thursday appointed Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi (photo) as Lieutenant Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps and Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Naqdi as the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Deputy Commander for Coordination, Fars News Agency (FNA) reported.
Ayatollah Khamenei, who is also Commander-in-Chief of Iran’s Armed Forces, praised the two Senior Commanders’ services in their military posts, saying that the two have been promoted to the new posts upon a proposal by the IRGC top Commander and due to their valuable experience and competence in fulfilling their responsibilities.
Rear Admiral Fadavi was the IRGC Deputy Commander for Coordination and before that was the commander of the IRGC Navy.
Brigadier General Naqdi was the Commander of Iran’s Basij (Volunteer) Force and held other top posts at IRGC before being promoted to the new post in the IRGC.
In a relevant development last month, Ayatollah Khamenei had promoted IRGC Lieutenant Commander Brigadier General Hossein Salami to the rank of Major General and appointed him as the top commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps after Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari’s two five-year terms ended.
He praised Major General Jafari’s decade-long service in the post, and said: “Considering Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari’s statement on the necessity of change in IRGC’s (top) command,... and given your valuable experience and competence in fulfilling high-level management and various responsibilities in the revolutionary, Jihadi and popular institution of the IRGC, I promote you to the rank of Major General and appoint you as the top commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps.”
The Leader asked the new top Commander to continue the path of Major General Jafari and enhance the IRGC’s all-out capabilities and preparedness in all sectors, develop spirituality and expertise and boost cultural promotion.