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King Hussein's advisor, Royal Court Chief Amer Khammash dies

[2/14/2010 12:00:00 AM]

AMMONNEWS - Retired Lieutenant General Amer Khammash, who was late King Hussein's advisor and former Chief of Royal Court, died Saturday at the age of 85.

LtGen Khammash had an extensive career in the service of the country, taking part in many battles, and was Chief of the General Staff of the Jordanian Armed Forces (JAF) during Al Karamah battle on March 21, 1968.

In 1950, and after graduation from the British Air Force, Khammash became the first Jordanian officially recognized pilot.

In 1958, he was the first Jordanian officer to be sent to the Fort Leavenworth Command and General Staff College in Kansas.

After retiring from the Chief of the General Staff of JAF position, Khammash was appointed Minister of Defense under the Abdul Mun'im Rifai's government, and Minister of Defense and transportation during the Bahjat Talhouni government.

Late King Hussein had appointed Khammash in several high-ranking posts including Chief of the Royal Court twice, Senator for five terms, Special Representative, political advisor, and personal advisor to Late King Hussein.

'Surely we belong to Allah and to Him we shall return'

Jordan pays tribute to the great patriot.

  • 1 Maher Amer Khammash 2/14/2010 12:07:55 PM

    Thank you your obituary article. .
    He was born on 14 Nov 1924, in Sult.
    May he always Rest In Peace, and
    We are to Allah, and to him we shall always return. Ameen.
    Kind regards
    Maher, son of Amer Khammash

    Editor: Thank you.. Sincere condolences for your loss

  • 2 salt 2/14/2010 11:37:05 PM

    alha er7amo ea rab

  • 3 Mazen Kader 2/15/2010 12:02:05 AM

    He will be remembered for his role in building the country and a long list of acheivements. Jordan is losing one of the last of the generation that built modern Jordan and set the country on its path to the future.
    God bless his soul. Allah yerhamo

    Mazen Kader

  • 4 Ghassan Isam Alkhairy 2/15/2010 9:42:46 AM

    Sincere condolences to all brave people of Jordan for the loss and specially to my cousin Maher.I also want to join Maher in thanking you for your obituary article.May the soul of my uncle rest in Peace.
    Ghassan,Nephew of Amer Baseem Khammash

  • 5 Lauren Samantha Pereira 2/15/2010 1:09:44 PM

    He accomplished much in his life and will be loved and missed by many forever.

    May he rest in peace. Love and condolences to all his family.

  • 6 kirsty utley 2/15/2010 1:49:06 PM

    He was a much loved and respected father, grandad and husband. May he rest in peace and never be forgotten. My love and prayers are with his family in this difficult time.

  • 7 Wael Nammari 2/15/2010 4:02:01 PM

    his great accomplishments besides being the best uncle ever are:
    Personal Adviser to King Hussein.
    Personal Representative to King Hussein.
    Minister of Defense, Transportation and The Royal Court.
    Chief of General Staff,
    Senator, Upper House of Parliament of the Kingdom of Jordan and so much more......Let us remember how great he was and I will always be proud of him!! So many thoughts, so many memories and too few words. I know you are in a better place now. I will miss you dearly and will always love you! may your sole rest in peace uncle Amer!
    He will be missed dearly!!
    My thoughts, prayers and deepest condolences to his family.
    Wael Nammari

  • 8 Reima Mazen Amer Khammash 2/15/2010 7:06:24 PM

    What kinds words from everyone, he will simply be remembered to me as my Grandfather. He was a great man who accomplished so much in his lifetime and will be loved and miss by everyone who knew him.

    Me and the rest of my family will miss him always and he will forever be in our hearts.

    I love and miss you always Seido.

    Reima Khammash

    Editor: Thanks for the comment, condolences for your loss

  • 9 Amer Khammash 2/15/2010 9:53:34 PM

    Always be in my heart Siedo,
    Love Amer

  • 10 george michel 2/18/2010 5:35:38 PM

    Our sincere condolences to the entire Khammash and Nammari families on the great loss of their great father,grandfather,brother and uncle.

    Our condolences Mazen and Suzie..our thoughts are with you during this difficult period...may the soul of your father rest in peace.
    george and rula from Canada.

  • 11 Nahla Rifai 2/26/2010 3:22:30 AM

    Seido Amer Khammash was the best grandfather anyone could hope for and the best teacher to all of us. He was kind, loving, super-witty, ambitious, brave, extremely generous and a driving force for change in the life of Jordan as well as my own life that he helped shape since raising me from the age of 2.

    God bless you Seido, Allah yerhamak wa yegaweek fil abadiya al 3amera,

    Your loving grandaughter,

  • 12 Peter Guy 4/6/2010 1:21:25 AM

    I only met General Khammesh once last year during a very short stay in hospital in the UK. He was exceptionally generous in spirit, eloquent, fummy, gentlemanly and unassuming. He kindly wrote to me a couple of times, and I will sorely miss the opportunity not to meet him again. My sincerest condolences and prayers to his family, and especially his wife Maimi, who he spoke of in the most loving terms.

    Peter Guy

  • 13 Maher Amer Khammash 2/13/2011 11:15:41 AM

    Remembering you my father,Amer Baseem Mohammad Khammash - RIP 14 November 1924 - 13 February 2010One year on, I miss you most, father and seido, we all miss you. Our thoughts and prayers, always; may Allah the almighty grant you eternal rest in peace. Ameen.Maher 13 February 2011

  • 14 Laith Mazen Amer Khammash 3/8/2011 7:18:44 PM

    General Amer Khammash was born in Salt, Jordan on the 14th November 1924. He was the son of a renowned lawyer and judge Baseem Khammash. General Amer Khammash is survived by his younger brother, Terry Khammash who is a Full Professor of Nuclear Physics at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor U.S.A. Amongst his astounding achievements, General Khammash was the first recognized Jordanian pilot and received his pilot training in Middle Wallop in the United Kingdom, in 1949, and received his wings in 1950 from the Late Founder of Jordan, King Abdullah I.He returned to Jordan and later attended Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, United States in 1958, where his portrait hangs in The Hall of Fame in The Staff College. After graduating from the College he returned to Jordan and was promoted to General Chief of Staff in 1967 after The Six Day War. Following this he held various high ranking positions such as: Minister of Defence,Personal Representaive of his Majesty King Hussein, Minister of the Hashemite Royal Court, Advisor to His Majesty King Hussein until he finally was appointed to the Upper House of Jordan’s Parliament in 1988. He held this position until the year 2000.He later retired from Public Office and his last 10 years were spent writing his memoirs. General Khammash sadly passed away after a short illness in Amman, Jordan on the 13th February 2010. Amongst his many achievements and medals that he received in his well-accomplished career, the most notable were the Legion D’honneur, the highest-ranking French Decoration, which was awarded to him by President Charles De Gaulle of France. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II also presented him with The Knighthood of the Order of St John. He was also awarded the Highest Honor Medals from King Hussein for duties to his country: Alnahda Medal 1st Degree, Al Istiklal Medal 1st Degree and the Al Kawkab 1st Degree. He also received the Vatican Medal from His Holiness Pope John Paul II and many other Medals from various Arab and International Leaders.During his long and distinguished career General Khammash met numerous Heads of State including every U.S President starting with Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1958 and culminating with President Bill Clinton in 1992He later retired from Public Office and his last 10 years were spent writing his memoirs. General Khammash sadly passed away after a short illness in Amman, Jordan on the 13th February 2010 at the age of 85. After his untimely death he was afforded a Full Military Funeral, which was televised throughout the Middle East.General Khammash is survived by his wife Samiha, his son’s Mazen and Maher and daughter Suzy.Researched and presented by General Khammash’s grandson Laith Mazen Khammash on March 8th 2011. My thoughts are always with you Seido. Even after all this time I still cannot comprehend the idea that you are not here. I keep expecting to hear your voice over the phone, or to come and visit you again in London. I will love and think of you always Seido, the greatest grandfather ever. Laith x

  • 15 Ibrahim khamash 5/31/2011 8:59:04 AM

    Loved to meet him unfortunately I've never met him god Allah yer7amo

  • 16 The Baa 7/1/2012 6:29:36 PM

    A most wonderful, loving, honurable and loyal man. Thank God for him. condolences to his loving family.

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