Currículo del Jefe de Estado Mayor del Ejército del Aire. Versión

F. Javier García Arnaiz
Nominated by H.M. the King, the 4-star General (General del Aire) F. Javier García
Arnaiz began his duties as the twentieth Spanish Air Force (SpAF) Chief of Staff on
July 27th, 2012.
Under the direct authority of the Minister of Defense, he is responsible for the
organization, training and equipping of 24.000 active-duty and civilian forces. He is
also member of the National Defense Council.
General Arnaiz was born and primarily educated in Madrid. He joined the SpAF in
1972 and, after completing his studies in the Spanish Air Force Academy, he was
posted to his first assignment in the 12th Fighter Wing, Torrejon Air Base, at that time
equipped with F-4C.
Since then he had the opportunity to develop his fighter pilot career at three different
operational wings: the aforementioned 12th Wing (F-4 and F-18), the 15th Fighter
Wing (F-18) at Zaragoza Air Base and the 21st Fighter Wing (F-18) at Morón Air
Base. He has accumulated around 4000 flying hours, mainly on board of the F-4 and
the F-18.
In 2000, colonel Arnaiz was nominated Commander of the 12th Fighter Wing, flying
the F-18 aircraft.
In addition to his pilot activities, General Arnaiz has been assigned to several Staff
Officer positions such as the Air Combat Command, the Chief of Staff Office and the
Air Force Staff.
His international experience is also wide. Among others, he´s had the following
assignments: Balkans Operations, UNPROFOR Air liaison Officer in BosniaHerzegovina, SP representative to CAOC Vicenza for “Deliberate Force” Operation,
Commander of the Forward Support Base (FSB) Herat, Afghanistan, in the ISAF
mission and in 2006 he was designated Deputy Spanish MILREP to the NATO and
EU Military Committees, in Brussels.
In 2010 General Arnaiz became SpAF Deputy Chief of Staff, and thereby
responsible of the main organization committed to provide advice to the Chief of
Staff. From this position he was promoted to Chief of Staff two years later.
General Arnaiz is married and has two children.
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F. Javier García Arnaiz
Fighter and transport pilot.
Air Staff Course.
NATO Defence College Senior Course.
Forward Air Controller.
Flight Safety (USA).
 SLP English.
 SLP French.
 SLP Italian.
Gran Cruz de la Real y Militar Orden de San Hermenegildo.
Gran Cruz del Mérito Aeronáutico con distintivo blanco.
Gran Cruz de la Orden del Mérito de la Guardia Civil.
Cinco Cruces del Mérito Aeronáutico con Distintivo Blanco.
Placa, Encomienda y Cruz de la Real y Militar Orden de San Hermenegildo.
Cruz de la Orden del Mérito de la Guardia Civil con distintivo blanco.
Medalla de las Naciones Unidas (UNPROFOR).
Medalla OTAN (Antigua Yugoslavia).
Medalla OTAN: No artículo 5 “ISAF”.
Medalla al Mérito Santos Dumont de la República de Brasil.
Medalla Cruz Centenario Aviación Militar de la República de Chile.
Grado de Oficial en la Orden de la Legión de Honor de la República Francesa.
Distintivo de Mérito por Operaciones de Mantenimiento de la Paz.
Distintivo de realización del curso NADEFCOL.
Distintivo de permanencia en al Estado Mayor de la Defensa.
Madrid, 15th October 2014
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