2001 News Story

Prince Khalid Bin Sultan appointed assistant defense minister

A Royal Decree issued yesterday appointed Prince Khalid bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, with ministerial rank, Assistant Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector-General for Military Affairs. Prince Khalid was chief of the Saudi Armed Forces in the Desert Storm and Desert Shield campaigns following Iraq's invasion of Kuwait in 1990. He graduated from Sandhurst Military Academy in the United Kingdom in 1968, attended air defense training courses in Texas and obtained a masters' degree in military science from the staff college at Fort Levensworth in Kansas City in 1979. He also earned a masters in administrative and political sciences in 1980 from the University of Auburn, in Montgomery, Alabama. He retired from the Saudi Armed Forces on September 24, 1991 with the rank of General.

In 1991, Prince Khalid was awarded honorary doctorates in human sciences from Auburn University, and in philosophy from the American Sports Academy, and in 1996, in the sciences from the Institute of Military History in Russia. He holds a number of medals, including the Prince Faisal Medal, fourth class, the Bahrain medal, first class, and a military merit medal from the King of Morocco.

Prince Khalid has delivered lectures, notably on the liberation of Kuwait, and published a number of articles in newspapers such as Al-Hayat, which is based in London, U.K. He is the author of the renowned book 'Combatant From The Desert', published in 1995, which is now available in French, Chinese, Russian and Korean as well as Arabic and English.