Chief of Defence Staff of Spain

Army General Felix Sanz Roldan

2005 - 2008

Army General Felix Sanz Roldan was born in UCLES (CUENCA), the 20th January, 1945. He entered into the Military Academy in September 1962, as part of the 21st Class. In July 1966 graduated in the Artillery School, with the rank of First Lieutenant, as member of the 254th Artillery Class.

As Lieutenant , following a year assignment to El AAIUN – then in the province of Spanish Sahara- served as executive officer in a Multiple Rocket Launcher Battery and then in a HAWK ADA missile Battery.

After promotion to Captain, in 1973, was assigned to the 11th Field Artillery Regiment, where commanded a M107 self-propelled battery. Following his graduation at the General Staff College, he was assigned to the 12th Armoured Brigade, as assistant operations staff officer, and then to the US-Spanish Joint Combined Planning Staff. He returned to Field Artillery positions and commanded the Headquarters Battery and the Services Battery of the 11th Self-Propelled Artillery Battalion.

Promoted to Major in 1983, he served for three years as instructor in the Artillery Academy (Field Artillery Branch). In July 1986 was assigned as Assistant Military Attaché to the Embassy of Spain in Washington DC. At the end of his tour in Washington, he was assigned to the Plans and Policy Division of the Army Staff, in Madrid, as staff officer, until his promotion to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in October 1989.

AsLieutenant Colonel attended the NATO Defence College and commanded the 12th Self Propelled Field Artillery Battalion (Armoured Division). Following that command, he was assigned as Deputy Commander, Spanish Military Mission to SACEUR. In March 1994 was promoted to the rank of Colonel.

As Colonel had a second tour in the Plans and Policy Division, Army Staff, in this occasion as Branch Chief (International Relations). In July 1997 was assigned as Chief of the NATO/UEO Branch, Directorate for Defence Policy.

He was nominated Deputy Director General for Defence Policy (International Affairs) at the Ministry of Defence, following his promotion to the rank of Brigadier General, on the 13 th March, 1998.

On the 8 th June, 2001, he got the rank of Major General, remaining at the same post.

He was nominated Director General for Defence Policy (International Affairs) at the Ministry of Defence, following his promotion to the rank of Lieutenant General, in May 2004

In June 2004 he was appointed Chief of the Defence Staff, and was promoted to the rank of Army General.

General Sanz is married to María del Pilar Justel Parandones and they have three children.