Chief of Staff of the St.Charlie Armed Forces

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Chief of Staff of the SCAF
Capo di Stato Maggiore delle Forze Armate St.Charliane
General Flavio Beninati

Formation November 23, 2008

Term length Undefined

Appointed by President of St.Charlie

Inaugural holder Whisky I

The Chief of Staff of the St.Charlie Armed Forces (Italian: Capo di Stato Maggiore delle Forze Armate St.Charliane), formally known as the Chairman of the Joint Commanders of Staff (Italian: Dirigente dei Comandanti dello Stato Maggiore Uniti) is by St.Charlian law the highest ranking military officer in the St.Charlie Armed Forces, the Minister of Defense of a Government in power and the principal military adviser to the Prime Minister of the Federal Republic of St.Charlie. The Chairman outranks all respective heads of each service branch but does not have operational command authority over them or their service branches. The Joint Commanders of Staff have offices in the Department of Defense, in Fort Caroline, Caroline Charlotte.

The office of Chairman of the Joint Commanders of Staff is considered very important and highly prestigious. Together, the Joint Commanders of Staff as a body have command authority over combatant forces. The chain of command runs from the President to the Ministry of Defense directly to the commanders of each branch. The Chairman has also authority over personnel assignments and oversight over resources and personnel allocated to the combatant commands within their respective services. From January 2010, all duties of Minister of Defense have been merged into the ones of the Chief of Staff, making it officially the head of the Department of Defense of a Government.

President Whisky I served as Chief of Staff during the first week of existence of the Federal Republic. He was later succeded by Karifa Sanfo.

The Chairman is nominated by the Prime Minister for appointment and must be confirmed via majority vote by the St.Charlian Parliament. By statute, the Chairman is appointed as a high-ranking officer.


There is no proof of existence of a Chief of the Armed Forces at the time of the Kingdom of St.Charlie. It is therefore believed that the authority was vested by the Monarch. When the November Revolution occured, Whisky I, that at the time was not involved in politics, was nominated Commander-in-Chief of the newborn St.Charlie Armed Forces by NPSC General Secretary Alexander Reinhardt. When later, Reinhardt resigned from the office of de facto chief of the Government, Whisky succeded him, although he kept the title of Chief of the Armed Forces as it was granted to him by the Constitution.

It must be therefore said that the rank of "Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces" was used as a normal rank in the past, but later became a special rank only granted to the Federal President.

Later, in January, after more or less a month in which the Armed Forces had no military commander other than the President, Karifa Sanfo, at the time officer of the SCAF, was nominated Chief of Staff of the recently founded Joint Commanders of Staff, that was indeed established in January, and later officialized by the Parliament. Although Whisky I is known as the first Chief of the Armed Forces, Sanfo is de facto the first military officer that became commander of the SCAF.

List of Chiefs of Staff

Photo Name Branch Term began Term ended Appointed by
1. Commander-in-Chief Whisky I Department of the Army November 23, 2008 December 1, 2008 General Secretary Alexander Reinhardt
2. General Karifa Sanfo Department of the Army January 5, 2009 June 30, 2009 Minister of Defense Nicolas Bermejo
3. Colonel Alessio Giovanrosa Department of the Army June 30, 2009 August 30, 2009 Minister of Defense Nicolas Bermejo
4. Admiral General Leonard Von Sternberg Department of the Navy August 31, 2009 December 31, 2010 Prime Minister Alexander Reinhardt
5. General Christian Guariberti Department of the Army January 8, 2011 May 23, 2014 President Lisa Cassidy
6. General Flavio Beninati Department of the Army May 23, 2014 Incumbent President Alexander Reinhardt