Deputy Commander

 Colonel (Norwegian Air Force)

Morten Henriksen

Family background

Colonel Morten Henriksen was borne in Elverum in Norway on the 28th of September 1968. He is married to Bente with three children.

Biography

The Colonel holds a civilian degree in analytical chemistry from the University of Kristiansand, Norway. 

He began his military career with NCO training during the compulsory 12 month military service in June 1989 at the Royal Norwegian Air Force technical training centre at Kjevik. This was followed by basic officers training at the Air Force Academy in 1992 - 94, and postings administration- and budget officer at Andøya Air Station in the Northern part of Norway from 1994 to 1997. Then followed advances officers training back at the academy for two more years, were he graduated first in his class and was rewarded with the Air Force sword.

He then served as a staff officer within the fields of economy and IT at the Air Force Centre of Excellence for management until 2002. Attending the short course (four month) at the Staff College, and a 10 month part time study in pedagogic and distance learning at the University of Lillehammer, Norway during this period. 

Henriksen was then given responsibility to establish and run the one year basic officers training course for Force Protection cadets at Rygge Air Station. Later taking over as the second in command, and acting commandant for the Force Protection School.

From 2004 to 2005 he attended the long course (10 month) at the Staff College, and subsequently served as a staff officer at the national joint headquarters in Stavanger within the fields of Force Protection and operations abroad.

From 2007 to 2012 Henriksen was the commanding officer of the Force Protection Squadron at 137 Air Wing at Rygge Air Station. During this time he also served a six month tour to Afghanistan as Chief of Staff for PRT Meymeneh as part of the ISAF-mission. He went on to serve at the Chief of Staff at the 237 Air Wing for one year.

In 2013 he was promoted to Colonel, and took command of the Royal Norwegian Air Force Academy in Trondheim.

In February 2017 he was asked to lead the joint project to reform the educational system for NCOs and officers in all three services. The project delivered its report to the Chief of Defence in November 2017.

In July 2018 Henriksen will be posted to NATO HQ Sarajevo as Chief of NATO Advisory Team/Deputy Commander. 

His hobbies include sports, dogs, cooking and a good cigar.