Chief of the General Staff of Norway

General Sverre Diesen

2005 -

General Sverre Diesen was born in Oslo in 1949. He is a graduate of the Officer Candidate School, Cavalry (1970); Master of Science, Civil Engineering, Norwegian University of Technology and Science, Trondheim (1976); Norwegian Military Academy (1979); Norwegian Army Staff College I and II (1986-88), Staff College Camberley, UK (1990).

General Diesen was awarded the National Service Medal with three stars in 1988, the Defence Service Medal in 1995, Defence Service Medal with Laurel Branch in 2005 and Commander with Star of the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav in 2005.

Positions / Appointments

1970-71 Anti-tank detachment commander, Recce Sqn, Bde North Norway
1979-80 Platoon commander, H M the King’s Guards
1980-81 Company 2iC, 1st Bn, the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters, British Army of the Rhine
1982 Platoon commander, Recce plt, 2nd Infantry Bn, Bde North Norway
1982-84 Company commander, 2nd Infantry Bn, Bde North Norway
1984-86 Instructor, Tactics Wing, School of Infantry and Winter Warfare
1987 Project officer, Systems Analysis Division, Norwegian Defence Research Establishment
1988-89 Staff officer, Army Staff, HQ Defence Command Norway
1991-92 Project officer, Systems Analysis Division, Norwegian Defence Research Establishment
1992-93 Staff officer, Plans & Operations Staff, HQ Defence Command
Norway
1993-94 OC Tactics Wing, the Military Academy
1994-96 Commanding officer, H M the King’s Guards
1996-98 Chief of Staff, 6. Division
1998-2001 ACOS Strategy and Long Term Planning, HQ Defence Command
Norway
2001-02 Commander Land Forces North Norway
2002 Commander Land Forces Norway
2003 Dep. Secretary General (Military) MOD
2005 Chief of Defence

Promotions

1970 Sergeant
1971 2nd Lieutenant
1979 Lieutenant
1983 Captain
1987 Major
1991 Lieutenant Colonel
1996 Colonel
1998 Brigadier
2001 Major General (acting)
2002 Major General (substantive)
2003 Lieutenant General
2005 General