ISAF Regional Commander South

Major General Mart de Kruif (NL)

Major General Mart de Kruif was born in Apeldoorn on 1 September 1958.

He began his military career in 1977 at the Royal Military Academy in Breda. After completing his training as an infantry officer in 1981, he held several positions at 11 Mechanised Infantry Battalion Grenadier Guards.

After completing the Advanced Military Studies course in The Hague in 1991, he was posted to Seedorf (Germany) as G3 of 41 Armoured Brigade. In 1994, he left what had by then become known as 41 Light Brigade to attend the Army Command and General Staff Officer course (Lehrgang Generalstabsausbildung Heer) at the German Defence College (Führungsakademie der Bundeswehr) in Hamburg.

After his promotion to Lieutenant Colonel in 1996, he was posted to the Operational Policy Division of the Army Staff in The Hague. After holding this position for a number of years, he was posted to Seedorf once again, assuming command of 42 Mechanised Infantry Battalion ‘Limburgse Jagers’. In October 2001, he was deployed to Bosnia to lead this battalion for a period of six months as part of SFOR 11.

In 2002, by then a Colonel, he spent a year at the US Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania (USA) graduating as Master of Strategic Studies, after which he held two different positions in the Army Staff and the Defence Staff in The Hague from 2003 to 2006. In 2006, he was assigned to the staff of the Army Command in Apeldoorn in the capacity of Deputy Director of Operations.

In early 2007 he assumed command of 43 Mechanised Brigade in Havelte for which he was promoted to Brigadier General. Until his appointment as Commander Regional Command South, he was responsible for the training, formation and operational readiness of the brigade for ISAF operations in Uruzgan. On March 27 2008 Mart de Kruif was promoted to the rank of Major General.

On 1 November 2008, Major General de Kruif took command of Regional Command (South), which is headquartered at Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan and comprises approximately 23,000 troops from 17 nations.

He and his wife Esther have four children and live in Gelderland.