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New chief of the General Staff to be sworn in on Tuesday

The new chief of the General Staff, three star Lieutenant General Nicolae-Ionel Ciuca, will be sworn in Tuesday, in a ceremony to take place at the headquarters of the Ministry of Defence (MapN).

According to a release on Monday sent to Agerpresby the MApN, the event will take place starting at 2 pm, EET.

President Klaus Iohannis on December 29, 2014, signed a decree for the appointment of three star Lieutenant General Nicolae-Ionel Ciuca as Chief of Staff’s head, as of January 1 2015.

He replaces General Stefan Danila, whose term in office ended on January 1.

Nicolae-Ionel Ciuca is part of the desert generals’ group. He used to be the commander of the first Romanian battalion deployed in Afghanistan in the summer of 2002, when he commanded the Red Scorpions’ Battalion.


Ionel Nicolae-Ciuca was born on February 7, 1967 in the Plenita locality, Dolj County. He graduated from the “Tudor Vladimirescu” Military High School of Craiova in 1985 and from the ‘Nicolae Balcescu’ Military School for Active Officers of Sibiu in 1988.

He attended the Academy of Advanced Military Studies, specialising in combined weaponry, over 1993-1995, and after graduation he was appointed staff officer to the operations and combat training office of the 2 Mechanised Brigade.

In 1996-1997, he participated in the UNAVEM III mission in Angola, as staff officer.

Over 1998-2001 he was the Chief of Staff of the 26th Infantry Battalion. During this time he graduated the Peace-keeping instructor Course in Turkey, in 1999, the PSO Course (peace support operations) and the English course in 2000, and in 2001, also the joint and multinational operations course. In 2000, he participated in the “Blue Danube 2000” multinational exercise, as Land Component Commander, and in the “Dynamic Response” exercise in Kosovo, as Chief of Staff of the 26th Infantry Battalion – the SACEUR strategic reserve.

Between 2001 and 2004 he was Commander of the 26th Infantry Battalion, with which he participated in the Enduring Freedom I mission in Afghanistan (2002-2003), and in Antica Babilonia mission, Iraq (in 2004). In 2001, he participated in the multinational exercise “Dinamyc Response” in Bosnia and Herzegovina, as Commander of the 26th Infantry Battalion – the SACEUR strategic reserve, and in 2003, in the ISAF exercise, as the manager / director of the exercise (OCE / EXDIR).

In 2003, he obtained his PhD in military sciences and in 2004 he attended the course of Civil military relations in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Hulburt Field, Florida – USA. In 2004-2006 he was director of operations of the 2nd Infantry Brigade and in 2006-2007 he became the empowered chief of staff of this same brigade.

On October 25, 2010, he was promoted to the rank of brigadier general and in January 2011 he was appointed Commander of the 2nd Infantry Division.

On May 9, 2013, he was promoted to the rank of Major General.

For the results obtained throughout his career he was awarded the National Order “For Merit” in rank of Officer, the National Order “For Merit” in rank of Knight, the Homeland’s Service Honorary Sign, XV, XX, the UN Medal for the UNAVEM III mission, the Badge of Honour of the Romanian Armed and the Badge of Honour of the Land Forces Staff.

On October 15, 2014, Major General Nicolae Ciuca was replaced in command of the General Staff of the Land Forces by Major General Dumitru Scarlat, and he took over as substitute of the Chief of the General Staff.


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