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Deputy Commander

Brigadier General József SZPISJÁK

Date of birth: 13. September 1964
2008-2009 General Staff Course, (Budapest, HUN)
1991-1994 Budapest University of Technology and
Economics, (Budapest, HUN)
1983-1987 Lajos Kossuth Military College, (Szentendre, HUN)

Career highlights:
2022- DCOM KFOR (Pristina, Kosovo)
2019-2022 DCOM/COS NATO JFTC (Bydgoszcz, Poland)
2016-2019 DCOM HDF Military Augmentation, Preparation and Training Command(HUN)
2014-2016 Commander of HDF Training and Doctrine Centre (HUN)
2010-2014 Head of Department for Planning and Coordination, (MOD,HUN)
2007-2010 Staff Officer, (J5 Force planning Department, GS, HUN)
2006-2007 NTECG Training Officer, (NATO SACT, Education Branch,Norfolk, USA)
2004-2006 Staff officer, Liaison to NDC Rome (NATO SACT, Education Branch, Norfolk,USA)
2001-2004 General Staff officer, (J3-Training Department)
1997-2001 Head of Supporting department, (1st Logistic Support Bde., Budapest, HUN)
1995-1997 Logistic officer, (Centre of Fuel supplement in Budapest, HUN)
1994-1995 Logistic officer, (25th Mechanized Bde. in Tata, HUN)
1990-1991 Armored company commander, (Armored Bde. in Tapolca, HUN)
1987-1990 Armored platoon leader, (Mechanized Infantry Bde. in Lenti, HUN)

2017-2018 COS EUFOR (Bosnia and Hercegovina)
2013-2014 COS EUFOR (Bosnia and Hercegovina)
2006 Chief TESC NTM-I (Baghdad, IRQ)

NATO Meritorious Service Medal
NTMI Service Medal
Service signal of merit: Bronze, Gold medals
Awards for service after 10, 30 years
Pennsylvania Meritorious Service Medal
Peace Support Operations Service Medal
Maryland Meritorious Service Medal
European Union Common Security and Defence Policy Medal ALTHEA

2009 NATO Staff Officer Planning Course, (Oberammergau, GER)
2008 NATO Expeditionary Operations Course, (Oberammergau, GER)
2005 Modular Short Course “The Changing Security Environment”, (NDC, ITA)
2004 Operational Staff Officer course, (Oberammergau, GER)
2004 JFC HQ Naples NATO Military Terminology Course, (Budapest, HUN)
2003 NATO Orientation Course, (Oberammergau, GER)
2002 NATO led Assessors’ Training Course, (FIN)
2002 NATO Staff Officer’s Orientation Course, (Oberammergau, GER)
2002 NATO and Crisis Response Operations Orientation for the exercise “Strong Resolve 2002”
onboard the USS Mount Whitney
2001 English Language Course, 41⁄2 month, (St. Jean sur Richelieu Quebec, CAN)
1999-2000 English Language Course, 10 month, (Budapest, HUN)


2011 Brigadier General
2010 Colonel
2001 Lieutenant Colonel
1997 Major
1995 Captain
1990 Lieutenant
1987 2nd Lieutenant

Key skills:
Critical thinker
Natural leader
Excellent organizer
Good communicator

Playing music, singing and cycling.

General Szpisjak is married to Rita and has two sons, Daniel and Aron.

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