Tibor Benkő (military officer)

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Tibor Benkő
Benko Tibor vezerezredes HVKF.jpg
Born (1955-10-16) October 16, 1955 (age 66)
Nyíregyháza, Hungary
AllegianceFlag of Hungary.svg  Hungary
Years of service1975–2018
Rank Colonel General
Commands held General Staff of the Armed Forces of Hungary
Battles/wars Iraq War, War in Afghanistan
AwardsCommander's Cross with Star of the Hungarian Order of Merit
Commander of the Legion of Merit
Other work Minister of Defence of Hungary

Tibor Benkő (born 16 October 1955) is a Hungarian military officer and government official. He served as the Minister of Defence from 2018 to 2022. He previously was a four-star general in the Hungarian Defence Forces, serving as Chief of the Defence Staff from 6 June 2010 [1] until 16 May 2018.


Following the 2018 parliamentary election, General Benkő was nominated by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán to serve as Minister of Defence, it was alleged that he would be both a soldier and a minister. [2]

Personal life

General Benkő is married and has two daughters. [3]


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  1. "Benkő Tibort nevezték ki vezérkari főnöknek". HVG.hu . Retrieved 14 January 2013.
  2. "A Kádár-kor óta nem volt ilyen miniszterünk". Index.hu . Retrieved 6 May 2018.
  3. Official CV
  4. ""Legion of Merit" kitüntetést vehetett át dr. Benkő Tibor vezérezredes". honvedelem.hu. Retrieved 14 January 2013.
  5. "Gen. Dr. Tibor Benkő Receives the Legion of Merit". kormany.hu. Retrieved 14 January 2013.
Military offices
Preceded by Chief of the General Staff
6 June 2010 – 16 May 2018
Succeeded by
Lt. Gen. Ferenc Korom
Political offices
Preceded by Minister of Defence
Succeeded by