The Saudi military got a new chief of the general staff, as well as new land, air, air defence, and strategic missile forces commanders under a royal order announced on 26 February.
General Abd-al-Rahman bin Saleh bin Abdullah al-Bunyan was retired and replaced as chief of the General Staff by his deputy, Lieutenant General Fayyadh bin Hamid bin Ragad al-Ruwaili, who was promoted to full general.
Lieutenant General Fahd bin Turki bin Abdulaziz al-Saud was replaced as the commander of the Royal Saudi Land Forces (RSLF) by Major General Fahd bin Abdullah bin Muhammad al-Mutair, who was promoted to lieutenant general.
A former special forces commander, Lt Gen Fadh bin Turki had only served as overall RSLF commander since April 2017, but was given a new role at the same rank as the commander of ‘Joint Forces’: a possible reference to the Saudi-led military operation in Yemen, which is officially known as the Coalition Joint Forces to Support Legitimacy in Yemen.
Major General Jarallah bin Muhammad bin Jarallah Al-Alwait was appointed as the new commander of the Strategic Missile Forces, Major General Mazyad bin Sulaiman bin Mazyad al-Amru was appointed commander of the Royal Saudi Air Defence Forces (RSADF), and Major General Turki bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz al-Saud was appointed commander of the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF). All three were promoted to lieutenant general.
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