Colonel Álvaro Capella Vicent graduated from General Military Academy in 1989 and was commissioned as an Infantry Officer in the Mechanized Regiment "Tetuan” nº 14.
His courses include General Staff of the Armed Forces, High Logistic Management, Tank Command, International Crisis Management, Parachutist Unit Command, Free Fall course and such diverse NATO courses as NATO Crisis Response System for Experts, NATO Expeditionary Operations, Combined Joint Operations Centre, Counter Improvised Explosive Device and NATO Civil Emergency Planning.
His awards include five White Crosses, the Royal Plaque and Encomienda, San Hermenegildo Military Order Cross, NATO Non Article 5, NATO Former Yugoslavia United Nations Protection Force, two UN Medals for United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) and Merit Cross from Lebanon Army.
His command appointments include:
• First Lieutenant: Mechanized Platoon Commander and Parachutist Platoon Commander (1989 – 1995).
• Captain: Parachutist Coy Commander and Mechanized Coy Commander (1995 – 2001).
• Lieutenant Colonel: Mechanized Battalion "Cantabria” I/6 Commander (2011 – 2014).
• Colonel: Armored Regiment "Córdoba” nº 10 Commander (2016-2018).
National Key staff appointments include Staff Officer (Major) in the Mech BDE "EXTREMADURA” XI as G-3 from 2001-2004, and in the Army Operations Division, from 2004 to 2008, as Project Officer about NATO Mission in Afghanistan, UN Mission in Lebanon and NATO Response Force Spanish Army participation. In 2008, as Lieutenant Colonel, he was in the Operational Command in Plans Section (J5) being responsible for NATO Mission in Afghanistan. Finally, in 2014 was in Logistic Division (Army General Staff).
Operational deployments include:
• Leading a parachutist platoon with the United Nations Protection Force in Bosnia (1993-1994).
• Leading a Mechanized Company with the NATO Implementation Force in Bosnia (1998).
• Spanish Contingent Operations Chief in the NATO Mission in Kosovo (2004).
• J3 Current Operations Staff Officer in the UNIFIL HQ (Lebanon) in 2007-2008.
• Spanish Operations Liaison Officer in the US CENTCOM in 2010.
• Leading the Spanish Battalion in UNIFIL, Lebanon, in 2013.
He and his wife are from Castellón, Spain, and they have four children.