At the 2010 Lisbon summit, the Heads of State and Heads of Government of the Atlantic Alliance agreed on the implementation of the new NATO´s strategic concept, which will serve as the organization roadmap for the following ten years. This new concept will become actual fact during the Defence Ministers meeting of June 2011, thanks to the NATO Secretary General´s proposal for a new command structure and geographic distribution of NATO´S headquarters. Once changes are implemented, NATO will only have two Operation Centres, one of them located in the German town of UEDEM, responsible for the northern flank, and the one, the Combined Air Operations Centre in Torrejón (CAOC in Spanish), responsible for the southern flank. Both of them are under the command of the sole Air Command Headquarters located in Ramstein (Germany).
The CAOC TJ Commander is Mr. Ruben Carlos Garcia Servert, Major General of the Spanish Air Force and the Chief Commander is Mr. Panagiotis Skarpetas Dimopoulos, the Greek Lieutenant General.
Rubén Carlos García Servert, Lieutenant General of the Spanish Air Force
(General Corps Officers Rank) – Defence Staff graduated)
He was born on 18th April 1958 in Madrid, he is married and has two sons and two daughters.
ACADEMIC EDUCATION AND CIVIL TEACHING WORK
He has conducted the following courses in Spain:
Moreover, in the United States, he has conducted the following:
WORKS AND PUBLICATIONS
REWARDS AND BADGES:
MEMBER OF THE FOLLOWING INSTITUTIONS
Spanish Air Force, currently in a NATO post.
Madrid Bar Association
Official Association of Graduates and Doctors in Political Science and Sociology
Spanish Association of Political Sciences and Administration
Association of Spanish Security and Defence Graduates
The main mission of CAOC Torrejón is to plan, lead, coordinate, supervise, analyse and inform on the air defence operations of the allocated resources in peace, following the instructions of the NATO air component. As a second and also essential mission, CAOC will be able to assign a large part of the personnel to contribute to the management of the crisis and conflicts. This is part of the air component of an operation led from any location distant from our national territory.
Therefore, the Spanish Centre is in charge of Air Defence in Southern Europe, under the direct command of a Spanish General. This centre integrates the capabilities of the previous five control centres. Moreover, the air space of responsibility has been extended, covering the space comprised from the Azores Island to Romania, and from the Canary Islands to Turkey.
This implies that, under the CAOC TJ responsibility area, are included Portugal, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, Albania, southern half of France and Spain. This covers around 6.500 kilometres from east to west, all the Mediterranean Sea, Black Sea and part of the Atlantic Ocean. The responsibility area is bounded to the south and to the east with other NATO friend and allied countries, as well as with some growing instability areas.
CAOC TJ emblem reflects this geographical dimension, by representing the Pillars of Hercules and the Bosporus as towers, both of them with doors and connected by the air defence Wall in the Mediterranean, which is responsibility of CAOC TJ.
CAOC Torrejón has accomplished its mission since the beginning of 2013, and it has evolved by means of an adaptation scheme from the former CAOC 8 to the new Alliance structure. It has gradually assumed air defence of the different countries located in its responsibility area. For this reason, all the equipment, command and control systems have been modernised in order to reach full operational capability in July 2004.
185 people are currently working at the CAOC Torrejón. Moreover, CAOC TJ has the support of a detachment from the NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCIA), together with a support unit. Spain, as host nation, covers a great part of the posts in these organisms.
The allied countries that provides personnel to this centre are the following: Albania, Bulgaria, Canada, Germany, France, United Kingdom, Greece, Croatia, Hungary, Italy, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Turkey, United States, and Spain, as a host nation. This list of countries shows the centre´s multinational atmosphere where the mission is developed.
CAOC Torrejón is divided into two main parts. One of them is deployed and the other one is static and focused in the NATO territory air defence. The first one includes the Instruction, Intelligence, Plans and Operations Divisions, and is totally deployed according to nature and operation entity. The static part is responsible of achieving the main objective of the Alliance countries´ Defence Area, according to the NATO Integrated Air and Missile Defence System (NATINAMDS).
In order to comply with this joint airspace surveillance, CAOC Torrejón has under its tactical control all the material and personal means offered by the allied countries, focusing all of them in the southern half of Europe.