Admiral José Maria Treviño Ruiz, AMC, NMC, HSRA, CONM, GCSH
BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: Admiral José Maria Treviño Ruiz, AMC, NMC, HSRA, CONM, GCSH
Admiral José Maria Treviño Ruiz is an Admiral of the Spanish Navy. He was appointed in 2012 as a Distinguished Fellow of New Westminster College, and in 2014, he was appointed as a Governor and Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of New Westminster College. He graduated from the from the Spanish Naval Academy in 1970 and is a graduate of the Spanish Naval War College, Spanish Joint Staff College, NATO Defence College in Rome, Defense Intelligence College in Washington, D.C. and the NATO Intelligence School. Admiral Treviño is also UDT and EOD qualified, and has proficiency in five languages.
Admiral Ruiz has a distinguished record of ethical leadership and presently serves as the Military Representative of Spain to the Military Committee of NATO and the European Union. He joined the Spanish Navy in 1965 and was commissioned as an Ensign in 1970. Following three years aboard destroyer “Temerario” (D-37) and salvage ship “Poseidon” (A-12), he attended the Submarine School in Cartagena in 1974 as Lieutenant, reporting aboard submarine “Narciso Monturiol” (S-35), ex USS Jallao (SS-368), in New London, Connecticut. After graduating from Communications School in Vigo, he reported to submarine “Cosme García” (S-35), until May 1978 on-board the training sailing ship “Juan Sebastián de Elcano” (A-71), participating in her 5th tour round the world. In September 1979, he reported to submarine “Delfín” (S-61) and served until November 1980, later serving as Executive Officer of submarine “Tonina” (S-62) for two years.
Admiral Ruiz was appointed in December 1982 as Commanding Officer of the MCM Diving Unit, based in Palma of Mallorca, Balearic Islands. In September 1983, he was selected as Commanding Officer of MSC “Odiel” (M-26). One year later he served as Operations Officer of the Submarine Staff until May 1985, when he was selected as Commanding Officer of the submarine “Marsopa” (S-63). In July 1987, he reported for duty to the Submarine Staff as Communications Officer until January 1989, and was then assigned to the Naval War College in Madrid. After graduating in July 1990, he served in the Naval Staff in Madrid and the Joint Staff. In November 1994, he was selected as Commanding Officer of FFG “Navarra” (F-85) of 41st Squadron and participated in the Adriatic Sea in Operation “Sharp Guard”.
In 1997, as a Captain, he was appointed as the Director of Naval Intelligence in Madrid and served until September 1998. Thereafter, he was selected as In 1.997 as Captain, was appointed as Director of Naval Intelligence in Madrid until September 1998. Thereafter, he was selected as Commanding Officer of the Submarine Flotilla in Cartagena.
Admiral Ruiz was promoted to Rear Admiral in 2001 and served as Director of the Technical Cabinet of the Minister of Defense. Thereafter, he was nominated as Chief of Staff of the Spanish Fleet at Rota, and later was appointed as Commanding Officer of the Spanish Projection Group and Commanding Officer of the Spanish Italian Amphibious Force (SIAF). In 2004, he was promoted to Vice Admiral and appointed as Chief of Staff of the newly created Joint Command Lisbon, where he organized the only two activations of the NATO Response Force (NRF) on the occasion to provide relief to the USA because of Hurricane Katrina, and disaster relief of Pakistan due to the earthquake in 2005.
Admiral Ruiz was promoted to Admiral in 2006 and appointed as the Military Representative of Spain to the Military Committee of NATO and European Union in Brussels until 2009. His last appointment was Chief of the Navy Staff until April 2011.
Admiral Ruiz’s decorations include: Grand Crosses of Saint Hermenegildo, Navy and Air Merit, Commandeur de l’Ordre National du Mérite (France), Honour Sword of Republic of Argentina, NATO Medal, WEU medal, one Army Merit Cross, and four Navy Merit Crosses.
As a Governor and Distinguished Fellow of New Westminster College, Admiral José Maria Treviño Ruiz is dedicated to supporting the highest standards of academic excellence and is committed to the advancement of New Westminster College and its Global Network of Fellows.