27 November 2019

Daniel Petrescu is the new chief of staff of the Romanian Army

Diana Grigore

Romanian President Klaus Iohannis announced, on Wednesday, the appointment of General Daniel Petrescu as chief of staff of the Romanian Army, after general Nicolae Ciuca withdrew from the office.

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“A very important subject concerning the activity of the army, we had the appointment of a new Chief of Army on the agenda of today’s meeting, namely Gen. Daniel Petrescu, who was positively vetted for the office of army chief of staff,” the head of state announced.

Former Romanian Army Chief of Staff Nicolae Ciuca withdrew from the office and announced his retirement from active duty in late October, after he accepted the role of defense minister in the Ludovic Orban cabinet.

Daniel Petrescu was, from 2017 to August 13th 2019 (when he was appointed as deputy of the General Staff of the Army and became, on August 14th 2019, through president’s decree three-stars general-lieutenant), the commander of the Multinational Brigade South-East. His professional experience includes prior appointments at tactical, operational and strategic level within the Romanian Armed Forces, NATO Headquarters, and in different theatres of operations. He executed missions in Angola (1995-1996- the UNAVEM III mission and 1998-1999- the MONUA mission), Albania (1997) and when he commanded the 2nd Infantry Battalion CALUGARENI he executed missions in Kosovo (2003), Bosnia and Herzegovina (2004), Iraq (2005) and Afghanistan (2007).

From June 2013 to July 2016 he represented ROU CHOD as a National Liaison Representative to the HQ Supreme Allied Command Transformation, in Norfolk, Virginia, USA. Daniel PETRESCU is a top class graduate of both the Romanian Military Institute for Infantry (class of 1992), and National Defence University (class of 2003), as well as a Distinguished Graduate of the US National War College/National Defence University, Washington DC, where he completed a Master of Science in National Security Strategy (2010 - 2011). His military education includes a PhD in military science and information (2010, National Defence University, Bucharest). He is also a graduate of the UK Joint Services Command and Staff College (JSCSC, Advanced Command and Staff Course, 2007-2008). He completed with merit the Master of Arts Program in National Security Studies at the Kings College London.

He also attended shorter courses in some prestigious European institutions such as the European Security and Defence College, Brussels, Belgium (ESDP Course on the EU strategic planning for missions and operations) and Furungs academy der Bundeswehr, Hamburg, Germany (UNSOC - United Nations Staff Officers Course).

His most important awards include: the Romanian “Military Command Virtue, Commodore Rank with War Signs”; the National Medal "For Merit, 2nd Grade”; the National Order "Credential Service in Knight Rank, with Military Sign”; the “US Army Commendation” Medal; the “NATO non-article 5” Medal, and the UN Medal - “In the Service of Peace”.