Portuguese Army (Exército Português) Major-General José Alberto Martins Ferreira is to be appointed commander of the EUROFOR European military force on September 23. The Portuguese officer replaces French Army Major-General Marc Bertucchi which has been in the post since September 2008.

With its headquarters based in Florence (Italy), EUROFOR it’s an operational rapid reaction force with a permanent multinational staff capable of commanding operations up to a light division commitment. Member nations include Portugal, France, Italy and Spain.

Major General José Alberto Martins Ferreira has been previously the commander of the Portuguese Army Intervention Brigade (Brigada de Intervenção-BrigInt).

A first Portuguese Army high ranking officer has previously headed the EUROFOR force. Lieutenant General Luis Nelson Ferreira dos Santos has headed the EUROFOR from October 2002 to September 2004.

Lieutenant General Luis Nelson Ferreira dos Santos is since May 2008 the commander of Portugal´s Guarda Nacional Republicana (GNR), a police force part of the Ministry of Interior (Ministério da Administração Interna-MAI).

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