Commander

The current COMEC is Lieutenant General Peter DEVOGELAERE (Belgium).
He took over this post 2nd September 2021.

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.

New COMEC 2021

In 1980, Lieutenant General DEVOGELAERE started his career at the Royal Military Academy as a cadet in the 120th “Combined arms” Class.

In 1985, he joined the 1st Paratrooper Battalion as platoon leader and was appointed as instructor at the Commando Training Centre in 1987. In 1990, he was assigned to the 3rd Paratrooper Battalion as Commander of a paracommando company. In 1991, he took part with the 17th Company in Operation BLUE BEAM in ZAIRE.

He was then appointed as an instructor at the ILRRPS (International Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol School) in WEINGARTEN, Germany from 1992 till 1994. After completion of the Major’s course, he was appointed to the Infantry School as a tactical instructor for the benefit of company commanders and officers applying to become Major. In 1997, he served as Operations and Training Officer for the 3rd Paratrooper Battalion.

After the General Staff Course at the German Command and Staff College (Führungsakademie) in HAMBURG (1999-2001), he was appointed Plans & Policy Officer (G5) at EUROCORPS from 2001 to 2003. Upon returning to Belgium, he served as Operations and Training Officer with the Paracommando Brigade, then at the IRCC (Immediate Reaction Capability Command).

In 2005, he took up the command of the 3rd Paratrooper Battalion, deploying with a detachment to the BELUFIL mission in LEBANON.

In 2007, he joined the Land Component Staff as Synthesis Officer for the Operations and Training Cell, then as Operations Officer (G3) in 2009, and finally as Chief of Staff (2012).

As part of his operational and command functions, he participated in a handful of shorter missions to AFGHANISTAN and DR CONGO throughout this period.

From 12 September 2013 to 16 June 2014, he assumed command of the Land Component Competence Centre.

From June 2014 to November 2016, he was in command of the Light Brigade.

On December 19, 2016, temporarily commissioned Brigadier General, he took over command of the European Training Mission in MALI, until July 12, 2017. He was promoted to Major General on June 26, 2017.

From August 16, 2017, he was appointed Director of Operations in the Cabinet of the Minister of Defense.

In December 2018, he became Director General Policy in the Cabinet of the Minister of Defense.

On 19 October 2020, he was appointed Inspector General of the Belgian Armed Forces.

Promoted to Lieutenant General on 26 June 2021, General Peter DEVOGELAERE assumed command of EUROCORPS on september 02, 2021.

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.