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Chief of Staff

Colonel Carlos Castrillo Larreta-Azelain

Colonel Carlos Castrillo Larreta-Azelain was born in Madrid (Spain) on June 29, 1965. He joined the Spanish Army Military Academy in 1985 and was graduated as Artillery First Lieutenant in 1990.

As a junior officer he was posted in Field and Anti-aircraft Artillery Units, as well as teacher at the Artillery School in Segovia. He later attended the Army Operations Course and the Armed Forces General Staff Course.

As a Staff Officer his assignments include the MOD Directorate of Defense Policy, attached to the NATO affaires section; the Artillery School as the Chief of Staff; and the Army General Staff HQ, dealing with training and exercise both at the national and international level.

On the international sphere, he was advisor for operations to the Spanish Ambassador at NATO HQ (ESP PERMREP). His duties included being delegate to the Operations Planning Committee (OPC) and to the Council Operations and Exercise Committee (COEC). He has operational experience in the Balkans (NATO Operation SFOR) as Chief of the Joint Operations and Planning Team in Camp Butmir (Sarajevo). He also participated in Operation EUTM Mali, as part of the ATF (Advisory Task Force), being responsible for advising the Malian Armed Forces in Training and Exercises.

He graduated at Senior Course 127 of NATO Defense College in Rome.

His last command assignment was CO of the 94th Artillery Regiment in Las Palmas (Canary Islands, Spain).

Colonel Castrillo is married to Natalia, and has one child: Carlos, aged 18.


FOREIGN MILITARY COURSES:

NATO Staff Officer Orientation Course
NATO European Security Cooperation Course
PRT ISAF Course
European Union Crisis Management
NATO Defense College (NADEFCOL)

NATIONAL DECORATIONS:

Army Military Merit Cross (4)
Royal Military Order of “St. Hermenegildo”
Order of Civil Merit

FOREIGN DECORATIONS:

NATO Meritorious Service Medal
NATO SFOR Medal
EU Security and Defense Policy Medal (EUTM Mali)
Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mali
French Balkans Medal
Italian Balkans Medal


Madrid, June 2020

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