Leadership Force

Lieutenant-General Balla Keita Lieutenant-General Balla Keita (Senegal)

Force Commander 

Lieutenant-General Balla Keita Lieutenant-General Balla Keita was appointed on 11 February 2016 as Force Commander of the Multidimensional Integrated UN Stabilization Mission in CAR (MINUSCA).

Major-General Balla Keita brings to MINUSCA extensive leadership and operational experience. Prior to his appointment, he served as Deputy Force Commander of the African Union/United Nations Hybrid operation in Darfur (UNAMID).

From 2007 to 2010, he served as Sector Commander in Darfur, and, as Chief Operating within MONUC (now MONUSCO) in the Democratic Republic of Congo, in 2001.

He had previously held various senior positions in other peacekeeping missions in Liberia and in Guinea-Bissau.

Major General Balla Keita also occupied key posits within the Senegalese army, including the position of Inspector General of Senegalese Armed Forces and of Chief of Staff for more than two years.

He also has worked for the Senegalese Special Forces for more than fifteen years and brings in an experience of nearly 40 years in the service.

Born on 25 April 1956 in Malilounda (Senegal), Major-General Balla Keita completed his military studies in France, USA and Germany.

He succeeds to Major General Martin Chomu Tumenta (Cameroon) who passed on 30 November 2015, from illness.

Major general Marco António Mendes Paulino Serronha ( Portugal ) 

Deputy Force Commander 

joined the Military Academy in 1978, where he have finished his degree in Military Sciences, Infantry Course.

He has initiated his carrier as an Officer in the Infantry School, where, between 1983 and 1985 served as platoon Commander and Instructor of several courses. In 1985, in the 1st Infantry Regiment was Commander of the Training Company and Rifle Company. When promoted to Captain in 1987 he was located in the Commandos Regiment, where he has commanded Training and Commandos Companies.

In 1991 he has begun to work in the Army Staff where he was part of the Working Group for Reorganization of the Army. In 1993 he was promoted to Major and was assigned to the Force Planning Division of the Army Staff. In 1995 he undertook the role of Chief of the Advisory Board of the Commandos Project in Angola. Later, he served as Military Assistant of the Army Chief of Staff.

In November, 1996 he was nominated Chief of Operations of the Mechanized Brigade, a role which carried out until 1998, the same year which he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and started to carry out functions of Commander of the 2nd Mech Battalion until 2001. Still in this period he has commanded the Portuguese deployed force (2nd BIMEC/SFOR) in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

In 2001, in the War College he held functions as professor, Interim Chief of Tactical Section and Deputy director of the Army Staff Course until 2002 when he was nominated Commander of the Commandos Battalion.

In 2003 he was nominated Military Assistant of the Portuguese Military Representative to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in Brussels, a position he hold until 2006. When promoted to Colonel he was nominated Commander of the Commandos Unit between 2006 and 2008 and later he was assigned to the Army General Inspection between 2008 and 2009.

In the period of August of 2010 and September of 2011 he carried out the function of Deputy Commander of the NATO Kosovo Force (KFOR), as Brigadier General. In the end of this mission he became the Chief Inspector of the Land Forces Command.

As Major General, on January 7, 2013 he was nominated by the Minister of National Defence to the position of Operational Commander of Madeira Islands, double heated as Commander of the Military Zone of Madeira.

He is qualified with the course of promotion to Senior Officer, Army Staff Course, and course of promotion to General Officer. He also owns the Commandos Course and Special Operations Course, the Senior Course of the NATO Defence College, the International Military Course in the Law of Armed conflicts of the International Institut of Humanitarian Law and a Master degree in Strategy from the College of Social and Political Sciences.

He still owns the following commendations: medal of “Ordem Militar de Avis Grande Oficial”,  5 Distinguished Service medals, medals of 1st and 3rd military merit class, medal “Cruz de São Jorge” of 1st class, medal “D. Afonso Henriques” of 1st Class and medal of Exemplary behaviour, Gold and Silver. He also possesses several commendations of friendly countries and allies.

From March 2016 to September 2017 he took office as Coordinating Director of the Army Staff.

This year up to MINUSCA Deputy Force Commander he was the Deputy Commander of the Portuguese Land Force Command.

He is married with Mrs Madalena Rosa Alves.


Force Chief of Staff MINUSCA

Brig General SEIGLE

Brig General Rémi SEIGLE has had a long and distinguished career with the French Armed Forces spanning over thirty-two years. He graduated from the French Joint Defense College (1997) and his last appointment was Head of the Staff Division of the Human Resources Department of the French Army.

He previously served as follows:

Received in the Special Military Academy of Saint-Cyr in 1983, he chose at the end of his schooling to follow the Infantry School training.Then he served successively in battalions, training schools and in headquarters in a wide variety of functions:

1st of August 1987: appointed platoon leader and then deputy company commander in the 92th Infantry Battalion in Clermont -Ferrand.

1st of August 1990: appointed deputy company commander in the 1st Infantry Battalion of Sarrebourg;

Engaged on Clémenceau aircraft carrier during Salamander Operation on the 13th of August, he landed in Saudi Arabia on the 18th of August and was appointed deputy company commander during DAGUET operation until the 12th of December 1990. 

He was then sent for a short term mission in Martinique as deputy company commander from 21st of December 1991 to 24th April 1992.

From 18th March to 6 May 1993, he was deployed in Central African Republic and Rwanda during operation Noroit as a deputy company commander;

5th of August 1993: appointed company commander in the 1st Infantry Battalion and deployed to Mayotte for fa 4 months mission during his two years in command;

16th of August1995 : appointed company commander in the Special Military Academy of Saint-Cyr ;

1st  of August1997 : schooling of « brevet technique cours supérieur des systèmes d’armes terrestres », and then superior staff course in Joint Defense College.

1st   of September 2000 : posted in the Infantry School of Montpellier as head of « information and simulation systems » office.

30th of June 2003 : appointed as head of « planning » section at the Headquarters for Land Action Component in Lille.

In 2005, he was deployed in Kosovo within the multinational brigade as chief of operations between May and October.

26 July 2006: appointed Regiment commander in the 16th Chasseurs Battalion in Saarburg (Germany). During his two years in charge, he is deployed from November 2006 to April 2007 in Afghanistan as French Battalion commander and deputy French representative during operation PAMIR.

1er août 2008: posted to Land Army Human Resources Division as head of officers’ orientation office.

On the 1st of August 2012, he was posted in Mons within the French representation in SHAPE.

On the 2nd of August 2014, he is appointed head of Staff Office in Land Army Human Resources Direction where he served until his posting in CAR. Born in 1964, he is married with three children.