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Chief of Staff

Colonel Rafael Matilla

Colonel Rafael Matilla Páramo was born in Bilbao (Spain) on May 26th 1964. He joined the Spanish Army Military Academy in 1983 and was graduated as Engineer First Lieutenant in 1988.

As a junior officer he was posted in the High Mountain Brigade where he command a Zapper Platoon and a Signal Coy. He later attended the Army Operations Course and the Armed Forces General Staff Course.

As a Staff Officer his assignments include the Army General Staff HQ, attached to the Training and CIS section; and the Army General Inspectorate HQ, dealing with Infrastructure, Security and Barrack Services at the national level.

His last command as Lieutenant Colonel was the Signal Battalion in Barcelona (Spain), from the National Strategic Signal Regiment; and as a Colonel was COS of the Regional Inspectorate HQ in Valladolid (Spain).

Related to international experience, he was plans section chief under the G6 Branch in the European Rapid Deployment Force (EUROFOR) in Florence (Italy). He has operational experience in the Balkans (UUNN Operation UNPROFOR), (NATO Operation IFOR) and (NATO operation SFOR) all of them in Bosnia Hercegovina. He also participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003/2004, as part of the Multinational Division Central-South posted in Babil (Iraq), being responsible for the Personal Plans and Operations Section.

Currently he is posted into the Military Cultural and Historic Institute in Barcelona (Spain) since April 2019, being the author of the book: "150 years of evolution, from the Morse code to the digital aged" and Co-author of the book: "Militaries, Engineers and Wises."

Colonel Matilla is married to Maria Ángel, and has one daughter: Olga, aged 15.


NATIONAL MILITARY COURSES:

Mountain Basic skills (1988-1989)

Joint Telecommunications and EW (1997)

War College (2001)

Communications graduate (2003)

Basic Frequency Management NARFA SP (2004)

Information and Communications Security Systems STIC (2005)

High Management of Infrastructure and Patrimony resources (2014)

Specialized course to take over Brigadier General Rank (2018)


NATIONAL CIVILIAN COURSE:

Civilian Protection and National Emergency Specialist


FOREIGN MILITARY COURSES:

NATO INFOSEC (2005),

NATO Operational EW (2007)

NATO CIS Orientation Officer.(2009)


NATIONAL DECORATIONS:

National Permanent Medal (3)

National Blue Military Medal

National White Military Medal (5)

National Suffering Medal


FOREIGN DECORATIONS:

United States Army Medal

UN Meritorious Service Medal (BiH)

NATO Meritorious Service Medal (2)

French Republic ex-Yugoslavia Commemoration Medal

Iraq Commemoration Medal

EUROFOR Medal.


Barcelona, November 2020

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