Ivan Rusnak

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Ivan Rusnak

First Deputy Minister of Defence of Ukraine

Ivan Rusnak was born on January 29, 1952 in the village of Dilove, Rakhiv district, Zakarpattia region.

He is a 1972 graduate of Poltava Higher Anti-Aircraft Artillery Command School, 1982 graduate of Military Academy of Air Defence of the Land Forces and 1993 graduate of Military Academy of the General Staff. He also took a course at Harvard University in the program “National Security of Ukraine”.

He started his commissioned military career in 1972 and served as Commander of an Artillery Platoon, Commander of an Anti-aircraft Missile Artillery Battery, Commander of an Anti-aircraft Battery, and Commander of an Operational duty command post.

After graduating from the Military Academy of Air Defence of the Land Forces in 1982, he served as Chief of Staff — Deputy Commander of the Anti-Aircraft Artillery Regiment.

Since 1984, he has been engaged in scientific and tutoring activities. He held the positions of lecturer, senior lecturer and deputy head of the Department of Application of Troops of the Military Academy of Air Defence of the Land Forces.

After graduating from the Military Academy of the General Staff, he held the positions of Head of the Department of the Academy of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Chief of the Military Science Department — Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, First Deputy Head of the National Defence Academy of Ukraine and Commander of the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

After retirement from active duty in 2010 in the rank of Colonel-General, he worked as an Assistant Minister — Inspector for the Application of Rescue Services and Aviation of the Ministry of Emergencies of Ukraine, Head of the State Aviation Regulation Department, Deputy Minister and First Deputy Ministry of Defence of Ukraine.

Mr. Rusnak has the seventh rank of a civil servant, holds the degrees of Doctor of Military Sciences, Professor, Honoured Worker of Science and Technology of Ukraine, Laureate of the State Prize in Science and Technology. He is the author of more than 70 scientific and scientific-methodical works on the problems of developing the Armed Forces of Ukraine, their activities, the basics of military security policy and international peacekeeping.

Mr. Rusnak was numerously awarded by the President of Ukraine, the Minister of Defence of Ukraine and other governmental entities. His main decorations include orders “For Service to the Motherland”, 3rd and 2nd grade, “For Merit”, 3rd grade, Bohdan Khmelnytskyi, 3rd grade, medals “For Victory”, “Veteran of military service”, “Valour and honour”, and “Badge of honour”.

Ivan Rusnak is married. Has two sons.