The General Staff Joint Command (EMACON in Spanish), as the sole auxiliary command body of the Chief of the Defence Staff (JEMAD in Spanish), will support the Minister of Defence with political-military advice and in military planning and leadership at the strategic level when acting within the Armed Forces Operational Command.
Born in Barcelona on 2 January 1957, he entered the Naval Military School in August 1975 and was employed as a Navy Ensign in July 1980. He was promoted to Ship Lieutenant in July 1983, to Lieutenant Commander in May 1992, to Commander in December 1999, to Captain in July 2006, to Rear Admiral in August 2010, to Vice Admiral in June 2014 and to Admiral on 23 June 2017.
He graduated from the Naval War College in July 1995 and from the 97th Senior Course of NATO Defence College in February 2001. In 2012 he completed the NATO Senior Officers Policy course at the NATO School in Oberammergau and he graduated from NATO Defence College's General Flag Officers and Ambassadors course.
Diver and Communications Specialist, he has taken many other courses related to his career.
He was on board the Frigate "Extremadura" and the Corvette "Diana". He was Chief of Operations of the submarines "Delfín" and "Mistral" as well as Chief of Orders of the 31st Escort Squadron. He was also the second commander of the patrol boat 'Recalde' and the submarine 'Tramontana'.
He was under the command of the Minesweeper "Odiel" in 1990/91, the submarine "Tramontana” in 1997/1999, the frigate "Santa María" in 2003/04 – being deployed 5 months in the Indian Ocean and the Persian Gulf as part of the operation "Enduring Freedom"- and finally the Spanish Navy Submarine Units in 2007/09.
He was Chief of the COMSTANAVFORMED Staff in 2002/03 during the operation "Active Endeavour”, and of COM SP HRF (M) HQ in 2005/07, where he was in charge of the preparation and certification of the NATO Response Force (NRF) in cycles 7 and 8.
Between September 2011 and March 2013, he assumed the position of DCOS Operations at the HQ MC in Naples where he was also specifically designated DCOS OPS CTF 455 for the operation "Unified Protector” in Libya.
Between May 2013 and July 2016, he was Deputy Chief of Staff Joint Force Trainer at Allied Command Transformation in Norfolk (USA).
Since 23 June 2017 he acts as General Staff Joint Command Chief of the Defence Staff.
His land-based destinations have been Chief of the Navy Radio Station, Technical Advisor to the Under Secretary of Defence (SUBDEF), Current Operations Officer at EMACON, Liaison Officer (Maritime Operations and Intelligence) at USCENTCOM TAMPA (USA), Chief of the Doctrine Section of the Navy Chief of Staff and finally Chief of the Navy Staff Operations Division.
He holds the Grand Cross of Naval Merit, the Grand Cross of St. Hermenegildo, 5 crosses of Naval Merit, the Uruguayan medal, one cross of Military Merit, 2 NATO medals (article and non-article 5) and the Silver Defence Medal of the French Republic.
He has SLP permanent certificates in English and French (4, 4, 4, 4) and 4,3, 3, 3 of Italian. He also speaks Portuguese.
He is married to María Cristina, he has three children of 35, 30 and 25 years old. He likes history, reading, fishing and hunting (big and small game hunting).
The General Staff Joint Command (EMACON) is divided into:
The Head of EMACON consists of the General Staff Joint Command Chief (JEMACON in Spanish) and its personal supporting bodies.
SEGEMACON is the body responsible for directly assisting JEMACON in the management of EMACON, as well as for the technical-administrative support to EMAD Headquarters bodies. It is also responsible for advice and support in those matters that, being under the responsibility of EMACON, are not specific to the Divisions that compose it. It will also act as Technical Secretariat of the Joint Action Support Headquarters.
SEGEMACON is composed of the following bodies, under the Secretary General:
COORDINATION AND STUDIES OFFICE
ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT OFFICE
NORMATIVE PRODUCTION OFFICE
DRAWING AND REPROGRAPHY OFFICE
EMAD GENERAL REGISTRY
The Strategic Division (DIVESTRA in Spanish) is the EMACON body responsible for developing the Military Strategy and Armed Forces (FAS in Spanish) employment concept. It will be also responsible for developing and coordinating FAS´s position before International Security and Defence Organizations (OISD in Spanish), in which JEMAD has responsibilities; for planning, coordinating and controlling the activities derived from military relations of both bilateral and multilateral nature for which it is responsible; and for preparing military response options to support JEMAD in strategic operation planning and management.
DIVESTRA is composed of:
STRATEGY AND STRATEGIC PLANS SECTION
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS SECTION
WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT SECTION
The Planning Division (DIVPLA in Spanish) is the EMACON´s body responsible for preparing and coordinating Force planning, developing duties related to the process of acquiring those material resources included within the JEMAD responsibility, and for guiding the transformation processes of FAS operational capabilities. It will be also responsible for preparing and coordinating FAS´s position before International Security and Defence Organizations (OISD) in the logistics domain.
DIVPLA is composed of:
FORCE PLANS SECTION
RESOURCE PLAN SECTIONS