Artur Neves Pina Monteiro, Military Representative of Portugal to NATO
Lieutenant General Artur Neves Pina Monteiro was bom on March 1st, 1952, in Guarda, Portugal, and joined the Army Military Academy in October 1970, as a cadet. He graduated from the Military Academy Infantry Course and moved on to graduate from the Infantry School Officer's Baste and Advanced Courses, War College Staff Course, and General Staff College Course, both from the War College. He also attended and graduated from the Infantry Officer Advanced Course in USA in 1984 and Staff College in Brazil in 1994.
From 1974 to 1986, his first assignments were as Platoon leader, Infantry Company Commander and Instructor, namely at the Army Infantry School and the Infantry Regiments in Leiria and Azores.
In 1987, as a Major, he was assigned to the Office of the Army Chief of Staff as a Military Assistant.
In 1991, Lieutenant General Pina Monteiro was assigned to the War College as a teacher of Tactics and Strategy and between 1994 and 1995 he served as Military Assistant to the Minister of Defense.
From 1996 to 1998 he was assigned to the Mechanized Brigade as a Commander of the 2nd Mechanized Battalion and in 1997 deployed with his Battalion to NATO SFOR mission in Bosnia Herzegovina.
In September 1999, as a Colonel, he did a tour of duty at SHAPE, Moris, as Chief, Policy Section/Joint Operations Branch/Operation's Division.
In September 2002, he returned to Portugal to attend the General's Staff College Course soon followed by the promotion to the rank of Major General.
From 2003-07 he was the Director of the Private Office of the Army Chief of Staff and also, for eight months, Director of the Private Office of the Chief of Defense.
Shortly after being promoted to his present rank on March 8, 2007, Lt General Pina Monteiro received his latest assignment as the Portuguese Army Land Forces Commander, a post he will hold until he takes over as the Portuguese Military Representative to NATO and EU.
He was awarded several national decorations such as the grades of Officer and Knight of Aviz Military Order, one Distinguished Service Gold Medal, one Distinguished Service Silver Medal with combat badge, two Distinguished Service Silver Medal, one 2nd Class and one 3rd Class Military Merit Medal, one 1st Class St Jorge Military Medal, one 1st Class and one 2nd Class D. Afonso Henriques Military Merit Medal.
He was also awarded with the following allied decorations: Medalha do Pacificador do Brasil, NATO medal - BiH clasp and French campaign medal - BiH clasp.
Lieutenant General Artur Monteiro and his wife Maria have two children, Caria 33 and Nuno 29.