Lieutenant General Jan Broeks took over the position of Director General of the NATO International Military Staff (DGIMS) last week from outgoing Director General, Air Marshal Sir Christopher Harper.
Lieutenant General Broeks is a three star General in the Royal Netherlands Army who was elected by the NATO Chiefs of Defence in September 2015 and will serve a term of three years.
During his three year tenure as Director General, Air Marshal Harper oversaw, inter alia, the implementation of the Readiness Action Plan, the planning of the Aegean Mission, completion of the International Military Staff review, the end of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force and start of the Resolute Support Mission.
The position of Director General of the International Military Staff, made a position in 1965, has been held by 17 officers from: the United Kingdom (four times), the Netherlands (three times), Germany and Italy (twice), Belgium, Denmark, Canada, Spain, Greece, Norway (once).
The IMS is the executive body of the NATO Military Committee which is NATO’s senior military authority.
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