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Colonel Marc Lobel, LH, NOM, CMV, SFNWC

© NWC - Colonel Marc Lobel, LH, NOM, CMV, SFNWC - General Staff of the Supreme Allied Commander for Transformation - Norfolk, Virginia - Commanding Officer of the 4th Foreign Regiment of the French Foreign Legion (2013-2015) - Senior Fellow of New Westminster College - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada - http://www.newwestminstercollege.ca


Colonel Marc Lobel is a Senior Fellow of New Westminster College with an outstanding record of ethical leadership. After joining a military school in France in 1983, he attended the French Land Forces Officers’ Academy in Saint-Cyr, and graduated in 1993. Promoted to LNT he chose to serve in the infantry, joined the Infantry Course in Montpellier, and from there the French Foreign Legion (FFL). Since then, he has been alternately assigned to combat units and to staff positions, both in France and abroad, and is currently commanding the 4RE, the FFL Training and Education Regiment, in southern France, specialized in training foreigners.

In 1994, after having served one year in the FFL training regiment as a platoon leader, he joined the 2nd REP (FFL Parachute Regiment), in Corsica, where he took part in several operational deployments in the Balkans and Africa as a platoon leader, executive officer and company commander.

In 2000, he was appointed to the Junior Staff School, first as a student and then as an operational English and staff techniques instructor for two years. During this period, he was promoted to major and deployed for six months to NATO HQ AFSOUTH Naples, as a desk officer for BiH and FYROM in the POLAD office, working for the CINC (JFC) in the framework of the Balkan crisis. He was dual-hatted as DPOLAD for EU Operation Concordia in FYROM and NATO/EU relations.

From 2003 to 2005, he attended the French Army Command and General Staff College in Paris, and then attended the Spanish Joint Forces Staff College in Madrid for a year. From 2005 to 2007, he returned to Corsica as the S3, Chief  of Operations of 2nd REP, was promoted to LTC, and conducted two operational deployments with his regiment to Chad and Ivory Coast.

Colonel Lobel’s joint staff assignments continued at a strategic political-military level in the French International Relations Division, as a desk officer for relations with Southern Europe, in charge of conceiving, planning and conducting the bilateral cooperation with several allied Nations. He was particularly in charge of preparing and coordinating with all Defence entities and the Foreign Affairs Office, the Heads of State level summits, in the area of defence and security.

From 2009 to 2012, he obtained his second NATO posting, when selected as the Military Assistant to the first French SACT, General Abrial, in ACT, Norfolk, Virginia. Managing SACT’s front office and working closely with the EA, the CAG the Staff and the NLRs, he interacted daily with the political and political-military echelons, both in NATO, EU and the US, and had the opportunity to understand and appreciate the role and challenges of ACT.

In 2013, back from the US and after spending a year as a mentor in the French Joint Forces Staff College, he was appointed as the Commanding Officer of the Regiment he will command until 17 July 2015.

Colonel Lobel will once again return to Norfolk, Virginia, ACT in the summer of 2015, assigned to the Commander’s Action Group to the new Supreme Allied Commander for Transformation.

Having always lived in a multinational environment, Colonel Lobel has developed a strong knowledge of both operational engagements and command-management functions, together with cross-functional multi-level and multi-cultural staff work at the interface with the Nations, the PO, International Staff, the IMS, both Strategic Commands, as well as with European agencies. He has also built a wide professional network, as well as an essential understanding of NATO working methods and procedures.

Colonel Lobel is a French and Spanish native speaker, fluent in English, and has a professional working proficiency in Italian, and a familiar proficiency in Swedish.

Colonel Lobel’s fellowships and honours include:

  • 2015: Senior Fellow, New Westminster College
  • French Legion of Honor
  • French National Order of Merit
  • French Cross of Military Valor

As a Senior Fellow of New Westminster College, Colonel Marc Lobel 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.

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