Major General Christophe Berthier assumed the position as Deputy Chief of Staff Operations in September 2019.
A gunner, Major General Berthier was promoted 1st Lieutenant in 1985 and graduated from the Army Academy of Saint Cyr with a Master of Science, before completing his training at the Artillery Branch School. From 1986 until 1994 he served at regimental duty as a platoon leader and later on as a company commander in the 35th Artillery Airborne Regiment. After graduating from the Army Staff College in Paris, he was appointed as Commanding Officer of the 68th Africa Artillery Regiment from 2005 until 2007.
Major General Berthier has completed several joint headquarters assignments. He worked as a J5 staff officer in Paris within the Joint Operational HQ from 2003 to 2005, completed a tour at Joint Force Command Naples as ACOS J7 from 2007 to 2010, and served in another international headquarters as Chief French Liaison Officer at the US EUCOM & AFRICOM HQ in Stuttgart (2013-2017). Other staff appointments have seen him serve as the Director of the Arms Control Directorate at the French Joint Staff in Paris, before overseeing Arms Exportation Control, support to exports, and serving as the Joint CBRN Coordinator.
Major General Berthier has a wide range of operational experience in Africa, Europe and the Middle East. He deployed to the Central Africa Republic in both1991 and 1994, first as deputy company leader and then company commander. He also served in Gabon in1992 as company leader and in Kosovo in 2000 as Chief G3 CONOPS. 2011 saw him deploy to Lebanon as France’s National Contingent Commander, followed by service in Jordan in 2012 as Chief of the French Humanitarian Unit. 2011 also saw him serve as the Chief of Staff’s Executive Assistant for Operation Unified Protector - Libya at CJTF Naples.
Major General Berthier is a knight of the “legion d’honneur” and officer of the “ordre national du merite”. He was awarded with the NATO medal for Kosovo and Libya, the UN medal for Lebanon, and the US Defense Meritorious Service medal.