Col Ghislain LANCRENON, French Army
Born in Paris in 1969, Colonel Ghislain Lancrenon is an Officer in the French Army and was selected for the Military Academy of Saint-Cyr Coëtquidan in 1991, where he chose the infantry branch. During his academic career, he has also obtained a Bachelor of Applied Foreign Languages (LEA) - English/Spanish, a Master of Defense from Kingston University in Canada, and a Diploma with Honours from the NATO Defense College.
In 1995, he chose the 13th Alpine Fighters Battalion in Chambéry where he served for 7 years, successively as a Platoon Leader, Company Deputy Officer and then Unit Commander. After these beginnings in the battalion, he served in the Land Action Force Command, at the Staff School as a group teacher, at the Infantry School and at the 3rd Division Headquarters in Marseille.
His internal training led him in particular to attend the Advanced Staff Course in Paris in 2007. He also continued his studies at the War College in Canadian Forces College in Toronto, Canada during the year 2007-2008. On 17 July 2014, he took command of the 13th Alpine Fighters Battalion and its 1300 men and women.
Colonel Lancrenon has conducted Operations in Bosnia (Spanish Brigade Liaison Officer - 1998-1999 and DPRE's Officer - 2000), Afghanistan (OMLT Chief - 2011), and Côte d'Ivoire (Joint Chief of Staff - 2016), as well as numerous short missions in Africa. He also served in the European headquarters in charge of ALTHEA Operation in 2006.
He is Knight of the "Légion d'Honneur" and officer of "l'Ordre National du Mérite".
In 2019, he was posted to the NATO Strategic Direction-South Hub in Naples as the Deputy Director.
Colonel Ghislain Lancrenon is married with three children.