List of senior officers of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps

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The following individuals have been identified as senior officers (currently or in the past) of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), which is a part of the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Commanders and Deputy Commanders

Javad Mansouri was IRGC's "first unofficial commander"[1] and acting during its "early formative phase".[2] Abbas Agha-Zamani, however is considered the "first official operational commander" and was appointed by the Commander-in-Chief.[1]

Name Took office Left office Time in office Ref
Commanders
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Javad Mansouri
Mansouri, JavadJavad Mansouri
Acting
March 1979 May 1979 3 months [2]
-
Mostafa Chamran
Chamran, MostafaMostafa Chamran
(1932–1981)
Acting
Summer 1979 Summer 1979 de facto officeholder [2]
-
Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani
Rafsanjani, AkbarAkbar Hashemi Rafsanjani
(1934–2017)
Acting
August 1979 August 1979 less than a month [2][1]
-
Hassan Lahouti
Lahouti, HassanHassan Lahouti
Acting
October 1979 November 1979 2 months [1]
-
Fereydoun Kian
Kian, FereydounLieutenant colonel
Fereydoun Kian
Acting
late 1979 late 1979 Unknown [2]
-
Ali Khamenei
Khamenei, AliAli Khamenei
(born 1939)
Acting
24 November 1979 24 February 1980 92 days [1]
-
Abbas Duzduzani
Duzduzani, AbbasAbbas Duzduzani
(born 1942)
Acting
1980 1980 Unknown [1][3]
1
Abbas Agha-Zamani
Agha-Zamani, AbbasAbbas Agha-Zamani 2 June 1980 27 June 1980 25 days [4]
2
Morteza Rezaee
Rezaee, MortezaMorteza Rezaee 22 July 1980 20 September 1981 1 year, 60 days [4]
3
Mohsen Rezaee
Rezaee, MohsenMajor general
Mohsen Rezaee
(born 1954)
20 September 1981 19 September 1997 15 years, 364 days [4]
4
Yahya Rahim Safavi
Safavi, Yahya RahimMajor general
Yahya Rahim Safavi
(born 1952)
19 September 1997 10 September 2007 9 years, 356 days [4]
5
Mohammad Ali Jafari
Jafari, Mohammad AliMajor general
Mohammad Ali Jafari
(born 1957)
10 September 2007 Incumbent 11 years, 33 days [4]
Deputy Commanders
1
Yousef Kolahdouz
Kolahdouz, YousefYousef Kolahdouz
(1946–1981)
July 1980 29 September 1981 1 year, 90 days [5]
2
Ali Shamkhani
Shamkhani, AliRear admiral
Ali Shamkhani
(born 1955)
June 1982 24 September 1989 7 years, 115 days [2][6]
3
Yahya Rahim Safavi
Safavi, Yahya RahimMajor general
Yahya Rahim Safavi
(born 1952)
24 September 1989 10 September 1997 7 years, 351 days
4
Mohammad Bagher Zolghadr
Bagher Zolghadr, MohammadBrigadier general
Mohammad Bagher Zolghadr
(born c. 1954/1955)
13 September 1997 30 April 2006 8 years, 229 days
5
Morteza Rezaee
Rezaee, MortezaMorteza Rezaee 30 April 2006 22 May 2008 2 years, 22 days
6
Mohammad Hejazi
Hejazi, MohammadBrigadier general
Mohammad Hejazi
(born 1956)
22 May 2008 4 October 2009 1 year, 135 days
7
Hossein Salami
Salami, HosseinBrigadier general
Hossein Salami
(born 1960)
4 October 2009 Incumbent 9 years, 9 days

Chiefs of the Joint Staff

Chief Took office Left office Time in office
1
Alireza Afshar
Afshar, AlirezaBrigadier general
Alireza Afshar
(born c. 1951)
1984 1987 2–3 years
2
Mohammad Forouzandeh
Forouzandeh, MohammadMohammad Forouzandeh
(born 1960)
1987 1989 1–2 years
3
Mohammad Bagher Zolghadr
Zolghadr, Mohammad BagherBrigadier general
Mohammad Bagher Zolghadr
(born c. 1954/1955)
1989 1997 7–8 years
4
Hossein Alaei
Alaei, HosseinBrigadier general
Hossein Alaei
1997 2000 2–3 years
5
Ali Akbar Ahmadian
Ahmadian, Ali AkbarAli Akbar Ahmadian 2000 2007 6–7 years
6
Mohammad Hejazi
Hejazi, MohammadBrigadier general
Mohammad Hejazi
(born 1956)
2007 2008 0–1 years
7
Jamaladin Abromand
Abromand, JamaladinBrigadier general
Jamaladin Abromand
2008 2018 9–10 years
8
Ali Fadavi
Fadavi, AliCommodore
Ali Fadavi
2018 Incumbent 0 years

Commanders of military branches

Commander Took office Left office Time in office Ref
Ground Forces
1
Yahya Rahim Safavi
Safavi, Yahya RahimMajor general
Yahya Rahim Safavi
(born 1952)
1985 1989 3–4 years
2
Mostafa Izadi
Izadi, MostafaMajor general
Mostafa Izadi
1989 1992 2–3 years
3
Mohammad Ali Jafari
Jafari, Mohammad AliMajor general
Mohammad Ali Jafari
(born 1957)
1992 2005 12–13 years
4
Ahmad Kazemi
Kazemi, AhmadBrigadier general
Ahmad Kazemi
(1958–2006)
2005 9 January 2006 † 0–1 years [7]
5
Mohammad Reza Zahedi
Zahedi, Mohammad RezaBrigadier general
Mohammad Reza Zahedi
(born 1944)
2006 2008 1–2 years
6
Mohammad Jafar Asadi
Asadi, Mohammad JafarMohammad Jafar Asadi
(born 1958)
2008 2009 0–1 years
7
Mohammad Pakpour
Pakpour, MohammadBrigadier general
Mohammad Pakpour
2009 Incumbent 8–9 years
Aerospace Force
1
Akbar Rafan
Rafan, AkbarAkbar Rafan 1985 1990 4–5 years
2
Hossein Dehghan
Dehghan, HosseinBrigadier general
Hossein Dehghan
(born 1957)
1990 1991 0–1 years
3
Mohammad Hossein Jalali
Jalali, Mohammad HosseinBrigadier general
Mohammad Hossein Jalali
1991 1997 5–6 years
4
Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf
Ghalibaf, Mohammad BagherBrigadier general
Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf
(born 1961)
1997 2000 2–3 years
5
Ahmad Kazemi
Kazemi, AhmadBrigadier general
Ahmad Kazemi
(1958–2006)
2000 2005 4–5 years
6
Mohammad Reza Zahedi
Zahedi, Mohammad RezaBrigadier general
Mohammad Reza Zahedi
(born 1944)
2005 2006 0–1 years
7
Hossein Salami
Salami, HosseinBrigadier general
Hossein Salami
(born 1960)
2006 2009 2–3 years
8
Amir Ali Hajizadeh
Hajizadeh, Amir AliBrigadier general
Amir Ali Hajizadeh
2009 Incumbent 8–9 years
Navy
1
Hossein Alaei
Alaei, HosseinBrigadier general
Hossein Alaei
1985 1990 4–5 years
2
Ali Shamkhani
Shamkhani, AliRear admiral
Ali Shamkhani
(born 1955)
1990 1997 6–7 years
3
Ali Akbar Ahmadian
Ahmadian, Ali AkbarAli Akbar Ahmadian 1997 2000 2–3 years
4
Morteza Saffari
Saffari, MortezaMorteza Saffari 2000 2010 9–10 years
5
Ali Fadavi
Fadavi, AliCommodore
Ali Fadavi
2010 2018 7–8 years
6
Alireza Tangsiri
Tangsiri, AlirezaCommodore
Alireza Tangsiri
2018 Incumbent 0 years
Quds Force
1
Ahmad Vahidi
Vahidi, AhmadBrigadier general
Ahmad Vahidi
(born 1958)
1988 1998 9–10 years
2
Qasem Soleimani
Soleimani, QasemMajor general
Qasem Soleimani
(born 1957)
1998 Incumbent 19–20 years
Basij
1
Mohammad-Ali Rahmani
Rahmani, Mohammad-AliMohammad-Ali Rahmani 1984 1990 5–6 years
2
Alireza Afshar
Afshar, AlirezaBrigadier general
Alireza Afshar
(born c. 1951)
1990 1998 7–8 years
3
Mohammad Hejazi
Hejazi, MohammadBrigadier general
Mohammad Hejazi
(born 1956)
1998 2007 8–9 years
4
Hossein Taeb
Taeb, HosseinHossein Taeb
(born 1963)
2007 2009 1–2 years
5
Mohammad Reza Naqdi
Naqdi, Mohammad RezaBrigadier general
Mohammad Reza Naqdi
(born c. 1952 or 1961)
2009 2016 6–7 years
6
Gholamhossein Gheybparvar
Gheybparvar, GholamhosseinBrigadier general
Gholamhossein Gheybparvar
2016 Incumbent 1–2 years

Chairmen of intelligence agencies

Chairman Took office Left office Time in office Ref
Intelligence Organization
1
Hossein Taeb
Taeb, HosseinHossein Taeb
(born 1963)
2009 Incumbent 8–9 years
Intelligence Protection Organization
1
Ali Saeedi Shahroudi
Shahroudi, Ali SaeediAli Saeedi Shahroudi 1984 1994 9–10 years
2
Morteza Rezaee
Rezaee, MortezaBrigadier general
Morteza Rezaee
1994 2006 11–12 years
3
Gholam-Hossein Ramezani
Ramezani, Gholam-HosseinGholam-Hossein Ramezani 2006 2008 1–2 years
4
Mohammad Kazemi
Kazemi, MohammadBrigadier general
Mohammad Kazemi
2008 Incumbent 9–10 years

Ministers

Minister Took office Left office Time in office Ref
1
Mohsen Rafighdoost
Rafighdoost, MohsenBrigadier general
Mohsen Rafighdoost
(born 1940)
November 1982 20 September 1988 5 years, 324 days
2
Ali Shamkhani
Shamkhani, AliRear admiral
Ali Shamkhani
(born 1955)
20 September 1988 21 August 1989 335 days

Other senior officers

These people have been identified as senior members of IRGC, either at present or at some point in the past:

(in alphabetical order)

References

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