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Command Senior Enlisted Leader

Command Sergeant Major Marinus van Dijk

Command Sergeant Major Rini van Dijk was born on 4th April 1967 in Veenendaal (Netherlands).

In September 1984, he joined the Army as a soldier in the Regiment Mechanical Engineers, 41st Recovery Company Seedorf (Germany) where he was promoted to Corporal and later on to lance Corporal. In 1990 he joined the Army NCO training school and became after almost 2,5 years a Sergeant and started his NCO career. At the 11th Recovery Company of the 11th Air Mobile Brigade (AMB) in Arnhem. Here he was promoted in 1996 to Staff Sergeant. In 2001, he made a carrier switch from REME to the Human Resource branch, where he in 2003 was promoted to Master sergeant. In 2006, he turned back to the 11th AMB as a G1 NCO at the 12th Battalion Regiment van Heutsz, where he served until 2009. In 2009, he was promoted to Chief Master Sergeant and posted at the first German Netherland Corps as Chief Clerk of the G8 Branch. In 2013, he was promoted to Regimental Sergeant Major of the Dutch Military Administration Corps where he served until 2015. In 2015, he was promoted to Command Sergeant Major and posted as a platoon leader at the Royal Dutch NCO School. In 2017, he was posted to the Logistic Training Centre as a Command Sergeant Major of the Logistic Training School for Officers and NCO's. In 2020, he returned to the Royal Dutch NCO School as a Command Sergeant Major at the Expertise Centre. After the NATO Mission Iraq, he will be posted at the Army staff as Command Sergeant Major of the NCO Management Developing Department.

During his military career, he attended several military courses like the AMB training course at the 11th AMB training School. The Primary (sergeant level), Secondary (master sergeant level) and Tertiary (chief master sergeant level) leadership courses, the NATO NCO Advanced Leadership course and later on the Joint Tertiary (Command sergeant major level) leadership course.

CSM van Dijk Missions: Bosnia Herzegovina (IFOR) Busovaca 1996 as a squad leader technical support , Iraq (SFIR) 2004 As Samawah as platoon commander National Support Element and cashier and Afghanistan Deh Rawod (TFU I) 2006 as an NCO Mission G1.CSM van Dijk has been awarded with Dutch Army mission medals (Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan) Army service medal for long term operational duty, Service medal in gold for 36 years' service, NATO medals (Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan) and the Ehrenkreuz of the German Bundeswehr in Bronze.

CSM van Dijk lives together with Willeke and her daughter Lisa 22, and has further on two sons Lars 29 and Sven 27 and one daughter Romé 25 living on their own.


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