Commander

The current COMEC is French Lieutenant General Laurent Kolodziej.
He took over this post 05th September 2019.

The Commanding General of Headquarters Eurocorps (COMEC) is a three star General from one of the Eurocorps Framework Nations. His command is exercised from Headquarters Eurocorps (HQ EC) in Strasbourg, France.

The post of Commanding General is filled on a rotational basis of two years. He is responsible to the Eurocorps Common Committee, the political-military decisive body representing the Framework Nations.

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Lieutenant General Laurent Kolodziej was born in Paris in 1962 and was commissioned into the French cavalry in August 1987, serving in four different regiments as a junior officer including a period spent with the French Foreign Legion in Orange and Djibouti.

Having completed Joint Staff and Command training he joined the 4th Régiment de Chasseurs, the light-armoured regiment of the French mountain brigade, as operations and training officer in 2000.

Thereafter, employed as an SO2 in the French Ministry of Defence (MoD) he developed extensive interagency experience with the Defence Legal Office. He attended the British Defence Academy, Shrivenham, United Kingdom (UK), as the French Liaison Officer to the UK 2002-2005 and then returned to France to take Command of the 4th Régiment de Chasseurs until 2007.

Continuing the theme of International Engagement he returned to Shrivenham in 2008 to complete the Royal College of Defence Studies course before taking post as the French Military Attaché to the UK in London in 2009.

On promotion to Brigadier General, Laurent Kolodziej commanded the 6th Light Armoured Brigade – one of only two Amphibious French Brigades – 2012-2014.

He led the department for International Engagements on behalf of the French MoD 2014-2016 and arrived as Chief of Staff Rapid Reaction Corps France in Lille in 2017. He was appointed Commander of RRC France on 1 August 2018 and was promoted to Lieutenant General on the same day.

Lieutenant General Laurent Kolodziej has completed operational tours in Croatia, Bosnia and Kosovo, as well as having commanded his Brigade on operation SERVAL in Mali, May-September 2013.

He has three adult daughters and enjoys: running, skiing, mountaineering and horse-carriage driving. He is also a fan of military history and listens to a wide variation of music.

Commanding GeneralLieutenant General Laurent KOLODZIEJ

Lieutenant General Laurent Kolodziej was commissioned into the French cavalry in 1987. He served in the French Foreign Legion in Orange and Djibouti. Among the highlights of his career were his command of the light armoured regiment of the French Mountain Brigade (4th chasseur regiment) and later that of one of the only two French amphibious brigades (6th light armoured brigade). He was also appointed French military attaché to the United Kingdom in London. He was Commander of RRC France before taking command of Eurocorps since 2019.

Chief Of StaffMajor General Xavier WATTEEUW

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Deputy CommanderMajor General Josef BLOTZ

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DCOS I and ABrigadier General Stéphane PAU

After having completed the French officers’ school at Saint-Cyr in 1987, Brigadier General Stéphane Pau opted for the infantry. He mostly served the French Foreign Legion in French Guiana and in France. In particular he took command of the 4th Foreign Legion Infantry Regiment. He commanded also the Joint Center for Actions on the Environment, the French CMI/CIMIC and Influence Center in Lyon. He was posted twice to the US at the 2d division of the USMC and within the CENTCOM. He as conducted several oversea missions in Africa.

DCOS PLANS / OPSBrigadier General Fernando Luis GRACIA HERREIZ

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DCOS SPT / ENABBrigadier General Wojciech KUCHARSKI

Brigadier General Wojciech KUCHARSKI worked through almost all career levels in Land Forces line - from a Platoon Commander to the Deputy Chief P3/P7 in the Armed Forces Operational Planning and Training Directorate of the General Staff of the Polish Armed Forces (including missions - Chad / RCA and service abroad - EU Brussels). From 2018 BG Kucharski is appointed to Deputy Chief of Staff SPT & ENB in HQ Eurocorps.

BG Kucharski graduated from the Armored Troops Officers School in Poznań and War College, Center for Higher Military Studies and The Institute of Higher Studies of National Defense in Paris.