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Military Representative of the United Kingdom

Lieutenant General Sir Michael Willcocks, KCB

2000 - 2001

Lieutenant General Sir Michael Willcocks was commissioned into the Royal Artillery from RMA Sandhurst in 1964. He served in England, Malaya and Borneo before completing an in-service Honours Degree. Tours in Germany and Northern Ireland and at RMA Sandhurst followed before he attended the Staff College Camberley in 1976. His subsequent appointment included a staff post in the Ministry of Defence and command of M. Battery Royal Horse Artillery, including a further Northern Ireland tour; he was the on the Directing Staff at the Staff College Camberley and commanded 1st Regiment Royal Horse Artillery. He held both a Colonel's and Brigadier's staff appointment at HQ United Kingdom Land Forces and attended the first Higher Command and Staff Course in 1988. He was Commander Royal Artillery, 4th Armoured Division and Commander Herford Garrison from 1989 to 1990.

Selected for the 1991 Course at the Royal College of Defence Studies, he was taken off it after three weeks to become Chief of Staff Land Operations at the Joint War Headquarters for the period of the Gulf War and its aftermath, which included the establishment of UK forces as part of the Kurdish Relief Operation. He became Director Army Plans and Programme in the Ministry of Defence in July 1991, before being promoted in February 1993 to become the first Director General Land Warfare, responsible for Army doctrine and force development . Whilst in this appointment he carried out the Defence Cost Review Study on Training and the Joint Headquarters Follow-On Study which led respectively to the formation of the Joint Services Command and Staff College and the UK's Permanent Joint Headquarters.

He was appointed Chief of Staff, ACE Rapid Reaction Corps in September 1994 and deployed with the ARRC to Bosnia-Herzegovina in December 1995 where he was Chief of Staff of the Land Component of the Peace Implementation Force, IFOR. He was Assistant Chief of the General Staff from June 1996 until February 1999. He was awarded the CB in January 1997.

He was promoted to Lieutenant General and assumed the post of Deputy Commander Operations of Stabilisation Force, SFOR, for Bosnia-Herzegovina based in Sarajevo on 1st March 1999. He was awarded the KCB in January 2000. He became the United Kingdom Military Representative to NATO and the EU in Brussels on 31st July 2000.

Lieutenant General Willcocks is married to Jean. They have one son and two daughters. His interests include fishing, sailing, tennis, reading and music.

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