Commandant General of the Spanish Marine Corps

Commandant General of the Spanish Marine Corps.

Major General Rafael Roldán Tudela
Major General Rafael Roldán Tudela
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Major General Rafael Roldán Tudela

Major General Rafael Roldán Tudela was born in Villacarrillo (Jaén) on February 22nd 1961.

He joined the Spanish Navy in 1980 graduating as Marine Corps lieutenant in July 1985.

As captain he commanded the 2nd Special Operations Unit, the 1st Company of the First Landing Battalion, the Tank Company and the Armored Reconnaissance Company of the Amphibious Mechanized Group. He was also chief of the operations platoon of the SO Unit. He was observer in the European Union mission in the former Yugoslavia in 1995.

As Major he was chief of the Special Operations’ platoon, chief of the Amphibious Mechanized Group and CO of the 2nd Landing Battalion. He was also chief of the Organization and Personnel department of the ‘Tercio de Armada’ Staff. In 2001 he was assigned to the Defense Policy Directorate (Deputy Director’s office of International Plans and Relations). In July 2003 he was promoted to lieutenant colonel.

As Lt. Colonel he assumed command of the 1st ‘Tercio de Armada’ Landing Battalion in 2006. From March to June 2007 he was Chief of the Multinational Battalion of Operation ‘Althea’ in Sarajevo (Bosnia-Herzegovina). In July 2008 he was posted to the Operations Command of the Defense Staff (Special Operations Section).

As Colonel, he was Superintendent of the ‘General Albacete y Fuster’ Marine Corps Academy from July 2013 to July 2016. At the Spanish Navy General Staff he was Chief of the Resources Section of the Plans Division. On January 13th 2018 he was promoted to Brigadier General and appointed Commandant of the Marine Corps ‘Tercio de Armada’.

He has a diploma on Naval Warfare and Special Operations. He is a specialist in mechanized amphibious vehicles and has attended the High Military Studies course at NATO’s Defense College.

On March 23rd 2021 he was promoted to Major General and appointed Commandant General of the Spanish Marine Corps.

He has been awarded 13 national and international decorations.

Major General Roldán is married and has three children.

    

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