Brig.Gen. Philippe RIO
(French Gendarmerie Nationale)
Brig. General Philippe RIO is presently Eurogendfor Permanent Headquarters Commander.
He entered the Saint-Cyr Army academy in 1980, to head to a Gendarmerie Nationale Officer career. He therefore completed his training at MELUN, the Gendarmerie officers’ academy in 1983.
During 30 years of duties in the French gendarmerie but also in other military and civil institutions, he had the opportunity to cumulate various experiences.
He was in command of several units in mobile and territorial gendarmerie:
- platoon commander in a crowd control unit,
- company commander in the Republican Guard, providing security to the Parliament,
- district commander in Aix en Provence,
- Province commander in Aude, organising and directing public security, road safety and criminal investigation in favour of hundred thousands inhabitants.
As the Head of the drug enforcement section in the National Gendarmerie General Directorate, he had to develop a drug prevention and enforcement strategy as well as to manage a project aiming at deploying criminal analysis techniques and tools at national level.
He had the opportunity to develop training programs as the Operations Planning professor in the French Joint Forces Defence College (or War college), teaching to 300 senior officers from 30 countries.
He deepened his international skills and experiences in different international environments. In NATO military HQ (SHAPE), he started as legal advisor and then switched to intelligence issues, transferring police intelligence analysis tools into military intelligence systems and developing a training program in support of SFOR and KFOR. Later on, he was assigned to the French permanent representation in Brussels as a Justice and Home Affairs Counsellor, where he participated to the preparation and conduct of the French Presidency, during which he had the opportunity to chair Council working groups. In 2012, he joined the European Union delegation to Libya in Tripoli as police advisor, where he supported the EU ambassador in the preparation of EUBAM Libya.
He was also employed in the French Ministry of Interior, as incumbent for the crisis prevention and crisis management issues in the “International and European affairs delegation”, a small structure attached to the Minister's Cabinet:
Before his assignment as EUROGENDFOR Commander, he was responsible for the external military relations of the French Gendarmerie Nationale.
He has a diploma in literary studies, a master in political sciences, and is graduated from the Joint Defence College Senior Command Course. He was auditor of the Regional Session of the National Defence Advanced Studies Institute in 2003, and is an alumni of the European Security and Defence College “Common Security and Defence Policy high level course”.