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A Franco-German alpine hunter takes command of EUTM Mali

(credit: BFA)

(BRUSSELS2) Even if he will officially take office on April 1, he is not a fish. As our Club readers already know, General Marc Rudkiewicz will take up his duties as commander of the military training mission of the Malian army (EUTM Mali) at the beginning of next month. He thus succeeds General Guibert and also symbolizes the assumption of duty by the Franco-German Brigade (BFA) of this mission. General Marc Rudkiewicz is, indeed, also the commander of the BFA.

An alpine hunter in Mali!

The general is first and foremost an infantryman and an alpine hunter. He studied at the Special Military School of Saint-Cyr, promotion "Maréchal Davoult" (1977) and the infantry school of Montpellier (1979) - which he will come to take over twenty years later ( 2000). Then, he was assigned to the 27th Alpine Hunters Battalion (27th BCA) in Annecy as platoon leader (1980); then in the 13th parachute dragoon regiment of Dieuze, as platoon group leader and mountain officer (1983); assistant to the company commander then company commander in the 13th battalion of alpine hunters (13th BCA) in Chambéry - Barby (1986/1987); head of the operations and training office at the 7th Alpine Hunters Battalion (7th BCA) in Bourg-Saint-Maurice (1994).

Operations: Chad, Lebanon, Bosnia, Afghanistan

In operations, Marc Rudkiewicz was in Chad in the Manta operation, and deployed in New Caledonia as a reinforcement of RIMAP-NC, and commander of the armored combat company of the 420th logistic support detachment (DSL) of the UNIFIL stationed in South Lebanon (near Naqoura). He is "head of operations" of BATINF 5 - commanded by Col Delawarde - of the UN force (UNPROFOR) deployed in Bosnia at a time which was not really the quietest (1994-1995), when Sarajevo was better known for its "sniper allee" and the harshness of its climate than for the charm of this cosmopolitan city. Finally, he was responsible for the planning office of the NATO Force Headquarters (ISAF / FIAS) in Kabul.

And a Franco-German

A turning point in his career, at the dawn of the 1990s, he moved to the East... to the training office of the staff of the 1st Army Corps in Metz (1989) and deliberately oriented himself towards French -German. He thus completed dual training as a staff officer, first in Germany, at the Academy of Senior Officers (Führungsakademie) in Hamburg (1991) then in France, at the Joint Defense College (1993). He commands the 110th Infantry Regiment (110th RI) of Donaueschingen (1998), which is part of the Franco-German brigade and is based in Donaueschingen, just like his German alter ego, the Jägerbataillon 292, He is also deputy general Commander of the Intelligence Brigade (BRENS) based in Metz and Haguenau (2010). NB: this unit is not part of the BFA but is the only unit of the army with a vocation for intelligence (including electronic intelligence).

Marc Rudkiewicz has also held several staff positions: in the international relations office of the army staff (EMAT) in 1996, as head of the planning office (G5) at the Eurocorps in Strasbourg (2003), as French liaison officer with the US Command for Europe and the US Africa Command in Stuttgart (2006) and most recently as responsible for international relations, export support, overseas and from abroad to the Army General Staff (2012).

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Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).