Lieutenant General Harald Sunde was born 9th March 1954 in Hurdal, Norway.
He graduated as the best student from the Officer Candidate School for the Cavalry in 1974 and from the Military Academy in 1979. Sunde completed the Norwegian Army Staff College I in 1986 and was a student at “Führungsakademie der Bundeswehr” from 1987 to 1989. He is also a graduate from the US Army War College from 1999.
Harald Sunde started his military career as a platoon officer at Recce Sqdr/Bde North. Following this he served as an instructor at the officer Candidate School/Cavalry, until 1976. Sunde was promoted to Lieutenant in 1976 and to Captain in 1983.
Following the graduation from the Military Academy, he served as an officer with the Cavalry School and Training Centre and then as an officer with the Army Special Forces, before he became Deputy Commanding Officer and Commanding Officer, Recce Sqdr/Bde North. He was promoted to major in 1987.
In 1987 he was assigned as an instructor at the Army Staff College followed by a promotion to Lieutenant Colonel in 1992 when appointed Commanding Officer, Army Special Operations Commando. In 1996 he gained experience from an international operation, serving as Chief of Staff, NORPOL BDE/IFOR. In 1996 he also become Commanding Officer, Armoured Brigade South Norway and was promoted to Colonel.
Following his term at the US Army War College he became Chief, Operations Planning Branch/Operations Division/HQ DEFCOMNOR. He was promoted to Brigadier General in 2000 and assigned Inspector of Cavalry/Commander, Cavalry Regiment South. In 2002 Sunde was assigned to a position in NATO Command Structure as ACOS J5/9 at RHQ AFNORTH. In 2003 he was promoted to Major General and assigned Commander Land Forces Norway, followed by the position as Head of Department of Operations and Emergency Planning at The Royal Norwegian Ministry of Defence, from 1st August 2005. On 15 th November 2006 he was promoted to Lieutenant General.
Harald Sunde is married to Sølvi, and they have two children, Øyvind (23) and Kristin (26).