Aytaç Yalman is confirmed dead at the age of 79.
Aytaç was best known as a Turkish military officer.
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Former Land Forces Commander Gen. Aytaç Yalman died at the age of 80 in a hospital that he was receiving treatment…
Aytaç Yalman
General Commander of the Gendarmerie of Turkey
In office
24 August 2000 – 27 August 2002
Preceded byRasim Betir
Succeeded byŞener Eruygur
Commander of the Turkish Army
In office
27 August 2002 – 29 August 2004
Preceded byHilmi Özkök
Succeeded byYaşar Büyükanıt
Personal details
Born29 July 1940
Istanbul, Turkey
Military service
AllegianceTurkey
Branch/serviceTurkish Army
Years of service1961 - 2004
RankLieutenant General Turkey-army-OF-8.svg
UnitArtillery
Aytaç Yalman (born 29 July 1940, Istanbul) is a former Turkish general. He was the Commander of the Turkish Army (2002 - 2004) and previously General Commander of the Gendarmerie of Turkey (2000 - 2002). He was commissioned in an Artillery unit fielding M114 155 mm howitzers, and for the rest of his career below the rank of Colonel, he served in and commanded MGR-1 Honest John Ballistic Missile units. He served as a Gun Position Officer as well as a Fire Direction Officer in a Surface-to-Surface Tactical Ballistic Missile Regiment in the 1970s. He later commanded an Infantry Division. He retired in 2004 due to the army's age limit.
According to General Levent Ersöz, it was Yalman who informed Chief of the General Staff Hilmi Özkök of key military figures' membership of Ergenekon. In 2012, Yalman talked about his role in preventing the "Sledgehammer" coup plan in 2003.
In 2008 Yalman wrote the libretto for "Şehitler Oratoryosu" (Oratorio for the Martyred).
Positions held
Command Post Officer for M114 155 mm howitzer platoon 1961-62
Gun Position Officer for M114 155 mm howitzer platoon 1962-63
Assistant Fire Direction Officer for M114 155mm howitzer company 1963-64
Company second-in-command of Infantry Rifle Company (mandatory 6 month infantry attachment) 1964
Battery Captain (BK) for M114 155 mm howitzer Battery 1964-1966
Gun Position Officer for MGR-1 Honest John Ballistic Missile platoon 1966-68
Assistant Fire Direction Officer for MGR-1 Honest John Ballistic Missile battery 1968-1970
Fire Direction Officer for MGR-1 Honest John Ballistic Missile battery 1970-71
Battery Commander of M114 155mm howitzer Battery 1971-73
Battery Commander of MGR-1 Honest John Ballistic Missile Battery 1973-1975
Executive Officer (XO) of Gendarmerie Borderguards' Battalion (on lien) 1975-77
Executive Officer (XO) of MGR-1 Honest John Tactical Ballistic Missile Regiment 1977-80
Commander of MGR-1 Honest John Ballistic Missile Regiment 1980-1983
Deputy Instructor in Faculty of Rocketry & Missiles, TSK School of Artillery 1983-1985
Commander of Field Artillery Brigade, 2nd Corps 1985-1988
Executive Officer (XO) of 39th Infantry Division 1988-1990
Commander of 28th Infantry Division 1990-1993
Chief Staff Officer, 5th Corps (Tekirdag) 1993-1995
Chief Staff Officer (Heavy Firepower) in General Staff HQ 1995-1996
Commander, 9th Corps (Elazig), 1996-1998
Commander of Second Army 1998-2000
Commander of Gendarmerie General Command 2000-2002
Commander of Turkish Ground Forces 2002-2004
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