Brigadier General Zoltán Somogyi
was born on 27th February 1974 in Fehérgyarmat. He began his military service in August 1992 at the Military Command Collage in Szentendre. He graduated as an artillery officer with a BSc in Land Surveying Engineering in 1996.
He served 8 years in various artillery officer assignments including 4 years as Battery Commander within the HDF 5th Mechanized Infantry Brigade 5th Self Propelled Artillery Battalion in Debrecen. During his artillery officer carear, he successfully completed the Battery Commander Course of the German Bundeswehr and also gathered experience in the field of rocket artillery. In 2003 he was deployed to the position of the 2nd Company Commander of the Hungarian Guard and Security Battalion, KFOR Kosovo.
From 2004 to 2007, he served as a Mortar Battery Commander of the 2nd Infantry Battalion of the HDF 5th Light Infantry Brigade. During these years he assumed command of the Hungarian Guard and Security Contingent, KFOR Skopje. In 2007, he was appointed to the position of Hungarian Joint Force Command J3 Branch Staff Officer in Székesfehérvár and he was promoted to Major.
In 2009, he was assigned as a Liaison Officer to the German Operations Command in Potsdam and to the German MOD Planning Staff in Berlin.
In 2010, he attended the National Defense University to undertake a MSc degree in Military Leadership and in 2012 he graduated the 7th German National Joint Admiral and General Staff Course at the Bundeswehr Command & Staff Collage in Hamburg. Following that, he was appointed to the position of the Military Assistant to the Chief of Land Forces of the Hungarian Joint Force Command and he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel.
From 2013 to 2016, he served as the Head of Combat Support Branch G3 HDF JFC. In 2016, he was assigned to the position of Chief G37 HDF Joint Force Command. In 2017, his next appointment was at HDF JFC where he held the post of Chief J3/ACOS Operations and was promoted to the rank of Colonel. In August 2018 he became the Head of the Planning Team for the project Headquarters Multinational Division Centre. On 01 January 2019 he assumed command of the Headquarters Multinational Division Centre Core Staff Element. He was appointed to Chief of Staff of the Headquarters Multinational Division Centre on 01 June 2020. He was promoted to his current rank on the 20th of August 2020.
He is married to his wife Beatrix and lives in Várpalota.