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Major General Antoine Richard Laurijssen

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Major General Antoine Richard Laurijssen was born on 6 November 1965 in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. After his secondary education he was admitted to the Royal Netherlands Military Academy, where he studied electronics from 1984 to 1989.

After graduation in 1989, General Laurijssen was posted as a Lieutenant to the 3rd RNLAF Missile Group in Blomberg, Germany. His first position was technical / logistical officer at the 328 Squadron, a unit equipped with the Hawk air defence system. In 1991 his unit participated in the Gulf War and was stationed in Turkey. In this operation Laurijssen served as senior logistic officer for the battalion. Later in 1991 he was promoted Captain and transferred to the Staff of the 3rd RNLAF Missile Group as Head of the Quality Assurance and Business Process Reengineering Office. During his term in this job, he served six months as a United Nations Military Observer in the Former Republic of Yugoslavia.

General Laurijssen was moved to the Air Staff in The Hague in 1994. He became Deputy Head of the Hawk Office in the Surface to Air Missiles Division of the Directorate of Materiel. In 1995 he superseded the Head of the Office and was promoted to the rank of Major. He was responsible for the Weapon System management of the Hawk system. Subsequently, Laurijssen was posted to the Planning Division of the Directorate of Materiel in early 1998. In December 1998 he led an Electronic Warfare Self Defence Project for Chinook and Cougar helicopters.

In 1999/2000 General Laurijssen attended his senior staff college at the USAF Air War College at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama (USA) from which he graduated in June 2000. During this period he was temporarily promoted Lieutenant Colonel. Upon his return in the Netherlands in the summer of 2000, he was posted to the RNLAF Missile Group at Air Base De Peel and promoted to Lieutenant Colonel. He became the unit's Deputy Commander for Support. As such, he commanded the Fact Finding Mission and Advance Party in preparation of the unit's deployment to Turkey in the framework of the 2003 Gulf War.

In October 2003 Laurijssen was transferred to Rhenen and appointed Commanding Officer of the Logistic Division Rhenen of the Royal Netherlands Air Force Logistic Centre. In the summer of 2006 he changed post to Gouda to become the Deputy Commander of the Business Unit Information Services of the Defence's Support Command. This posting came with a promotion to Colonel. This was followed in September 2008 by an appointment as Head of the Infrastructure Requirements Division of the Staff of the Chief of Defence in The Hague. General Laurijssen became Head of the Logistics Regulations and Plans Division of the Air Staff in September 2011. Laurijssen was appointed as the Director Weapon Systems & Agencies in the Defence Material Organisation and promoted Air Commodore in March 2014. Following, he was appointed as the Director Sustainment and Logistics of the Royal Netherlands Air Force, dual-hatted as the Commanding General of the Logistic Centre Woensdrecht in August 2017. As of 1 January 2022, General Laurijssen has been assigned as Chief of Staff of the NATO Joint Support & Enabling Command (JSEC) in Ulm, Germany. This assignment comes with a promotion to the rank of Major General.

Major General Laurijssen successfully completed junior staff college in 1997. In 1998 he earned a Master's Degree in Public Administration from the "Vrije Universiteit" in Amsterdam. Furthermore, he was awarded a Master's Degree in Strategic Studies from the USAF Air University at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama (USA). Between September 2009 and September 2011, General Laurijssen participated in the Candidates Programme of the "Algemene Bestuursdienst", a Service co-ordinating the senior management appointments for the national government.

Major General Laurijssen was awarded the service medals for his participation in the Gulf War of 1991, the United Nations Protection Force in the Former Republic of Yugoslavia and the Gulf War of 2003. In addition, he received the Air Force Service Medal and a medal for 25 years of service as an officer in the Air Force.

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