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 and served in the French Foreign Legion in Orange and Djibouti. He was the commander of the light armoured regiment of the French Mountain Brigade (4th Cavalry Regiment) and later of one of the French amphibious brigades (6th Light Armoured Brigade). He led the department of international engagements on behalf of the French MoD and was the Chief of Staff and then the Commander of RRC France before taking command of Eurocorps in 2019.

Chief Of StaffMajor General Xavier WATTEEUW

During his military career, Major General Xavier WATTEEUW has occupied different positions in the following areas: the Engineer School (to the ENG School Course Director), 4th Battalion Engineer (to COM position), Commando Center in Equator, Headquarter SFOR in Bosnia, the UN Interim Forces in Lebanon, Defence Attaché (in Argentina), HQ ACT (Defence Planning), EU Military Committee (BEL Military REP to NATO and EU) and currently COS HQ EC. MG Watteeuw graduated from the Royal Military Academy as Industrial Engineer in Construction.

Deputy CommanderMajor General Josef BLOTZ


Major General Josef Blotz, born on November, 22nd 1956, joined the Armed Forces in 1975. He has been appointed to numerous national and international posts, served as Brigade Commander, in the DEU MOD, at NATO HQ and with the UN. Since Sept 2019 Major General Blotz is the Dep Com Eurocorps. In his career he was deployed to missions in Bosnia, Afghanistan and Libya.

DCOS I and ABrigadier General Stéphane PAU

After having completed the French officers’ school at Saint-Cyr in 1987, Brigadier General Stéphane Pau chose infantry. He mostly served in the French Foreign Legion in French Guiana and in France. In particular he took command of the 4th Foreign Legion Battalion. 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 CENTCOM. He has participated in several missions in Africa.

DCOS PLANS / OPSBrigadier General Fernando Luis GRACIA HERREIZ

Brigadier General Fernando Luis Gracia Herreiz has served in the Spanish Legion for almost 12 years since 1988 being deployed in Bosnia, Croatia, Sudan, Lebanon, Afghanistan and as Spanish Senior Representative in the USCENTCOM in Tampa (Florida) (Inherent Resolve). As Lieutenant-Colonel he was appointed Commander of the 2nd Mechanized Battalion of the X Mechanized Brigade. As Colonel he was Chief of Strategy and Strategic Plans in the Defence General Staff in Madrid. He is currently DCOS OPS of Eurocorps since September 2019.

DCOS SPT / ENABBrigadier General Wojciech KUCHARSKI

Brigadier General Wojciech KUCHARSKI worked for almost the entire career at Land Forces stage - from a Platoon Commander to the Deputy Chief P3/P7 on the General Staff of the Polish Armed Forces level (including missions – Chad, RCA and service abroad - EU Brussels). From 2018 BG Kucharski is appointed to DCOS SPT & ENB in HQ EC.
BG Kucharski graduated from the Military Academy of Armoured Forces in Poznań and War College, Center for Higher Military Studies and the Institute of Higher Studies of National Defense in Paris.