Lieutenant General Jan Broeks,
born in 1959 in The Netherlands, studied at the Royal Military Academy in Breda from 1977 to 1981.
After completion, he was posted to 103 (NLD) Supply Battalion. From 1983 to 1994, Jan Broeks served at different positions in military supply and logistics units. In 1994, he studied at the Army Command and Staff College at Camberley. On return to The Netherlands 1995, he took a seat as lecturer in Strategic Studies at the Netherlands’ Institute for Defense Studies. This was followed by promotion to LieutenantColonel and postings both with the Directorate of Army Material and Army Command. From 1998 for 2 years, he commanded 100 (NLD) Supply & Transport Battalion. It was during this period that he attached to KFOR in the capacity as Deputy CO 1 (NLD) Humanitarian Relief Battalion. After this, he was posted as the Army Planner at the Defense Staff. In 2001, he was made Chief International Plans at the Defense Staff. In 2003, he became Head of the Department for
General Policies as part of the Army Command Staff. In 2005, he moved to the position of Head of the Department for Management Support. In 2007, he took command of 1 (NLD) Logistic Brigade which was amalgamated with the Combat Support Brigade into a new unit, Land Operations Support Command, in 2009. He was the first Commander of this unit and, from January 2010, he prepared his units for the redeployment-mission in ISAF/Uruzgan and, as of August the same year, he commanded the mission-tailored Redeployment Task Force. In April 2010, Broeks took on his new appointment as Deputy Director for Plans at the Netherlands Defense Staff. Promoted to
Major General, he became responsible for the execution of the transformation and reorganization/budget reduction program of the NLD Armed Forces and the MOD. In April 2013, he assumed the position of Military Representative of the Netherlands to the Military Committees of NATO and the EU, and was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General. Since July 27, 2016, he has been the new Director General of the International Military Staff of NATO.