Mission Force Commander - EUTM Mali
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Mission Force Commander

M I S S I O N  F O R C E  C O M M A N D E R

Born in 1961, Enrique Millán Martínez joined the Spanish Armed Forces in 1980, attending the Army Officers Military Academy in Zaragoza. Trained in the specialised command of mountain troops in 1985, he served as a Lieutenant based in the Pyrenees, in Aragon, in Catalonia, and the Basque Country. Subsequently promoted to the rank of Captain, he commanded an Engineer Company in San Sebastian (1989-1991). In 1991, he successfully completed the Army Signals course, and took command of the Royal Guard’s Signals Company, in Madrid.


In August 1994, Captain Millán deployed for twelve months to the Balkans, as a United Nations Military Observer (UNMO), with the United Nations Protection Force (UNPROFOR), as member of a team of military observers in Zénica (Bosnia Herzegovina). He then served an additional six months, in the G6 branch at the UNMO mission Headquarters in Zagreb (Croatia).

Between 1996 and 1998, he completed the Spanish Army General Staff course, promoting to Major on graduation, where-after he joined the Army Signals Command, as a general staff officer. Between August 2002 and July 2003, he attended the UK´s Joint Command and Staff course (JCSC), where he concurrently studied and graduated with a Master’s Degree in Defence Studies from King´s College London. In July 2003, he became an analyst of international affairs, at the Army General Staff, in Madrid.In


In December 2005, still at the rank of Major, he returned to Bosnia, joining the European Union’s Operation ALTHEA. For these six months, he was based in Sarajevo, in the Operations Centre, at the EUFOR mission Headquarters.


Between 2006 and 2009, now as Lieutenant-colonel, he held the post of SO1 G5 at the Headquarters of the Eurocorps, in Strasbourg, France. On returning to Spain, he rejoined the Spanish Army General Staff.


In 2011 he deployed to Afghanistan for five months as a G5 Plans Officer in the Headquarters Regional Command West, based in Herat, as part of the NATO ISAF mission.

Between December 2012 and December 2014, Colonel Millán commanded the 1st Signals Regiment, in Burgos; a unit dedicated to operating communications and information systems at the tactical level.


Since promoting to Brigadier General in February 2016, he has commanded the Sub-directorate for network operations of the Army Communications, Information Systems and Technical Assistance Command, until December 2017.


Brigadier General Millán speaks English and French. He holds deployment medals from the UN, the EU, NATO and France. He has been married now for 24 years, and he is father of two sons and one daughter.


He took command of the European Union Training Mission Mali (EUTM-Mali) at the end of January 2018.



General Millán is the tenth commander of the EUTM Mali force. His predecessors were:

  • Brigadier General Francois Lacointre (France) – January 2013 – August 2013
  • Brigadier General Bruno Guibert (France) – August 2013 – April 2014
  • Brigadier General Marc Rudkiewicz – April 2014 – October 2014
  • Brigadier General Alfonso García-Vaquero (Spain) – October 2014 – July 2015
  • Brigadier General Franz Xaver Pfrengle (Germany) – July 2015 – December 2015
  • Brigadier General Werner Albl (Germany) – December 2015 – July 2016
  • Brigadier General Eric Harvent (Belgium) – July 2016 – December 2016
  • Brigadier General Peter Devogelaere (Belgium) – December 2016 – July 2017
  • Brigadier General Bart Laurent (Belgium) – July 2017 – January 2018