Belgium: EC appoints new commander of its training mission in CAR

Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Council on Tuesday appointed Brigadier General Herman Ruys, a Belgian national, as Commander for the European Union (EU)  military training mission in Central African Republic (EUTM RCA).

According to the Council's announcement, Ruys will take up his duties on 16 January 2017, succeeding General Eric Hautecloque-Raysz of France.

The Council launched EUTM RCA on 16 July 2016 with a mission to contribute to the EU's comprehensive approach and security sector reform in Central African Republic. The mission is based in the country's capital, Bangui.

Following up an EU military advisory mission, EUTM RCA works towards modernised, effective, inclusive and democratically accountable Central African Armed Forces (FACA). It provides strategic advice to the country's Ministry of Defence and the general staff, as well as education to officers and non-commissioned officers, and training to the FACA.  

Brigadier General Herman Ruys started his career in the Belgium Army at the age of 15. He studied in the Royal School of Cadets from 1977 to 1980. Then he attended the Belgium Royal Military Academy until 1985 when he graduated with a Masters Degree in Military and Social
Sciences.

Ruys is fluent in Dutch, German, English and French. He practices a variety of sports with a passion for jogging.

-0- PANA AR 10Jan2017

10 january 2017 12:36:42




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