Brigadier General Martin De Pauw was born on the 20th of December 1965 in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium.
At the age of 16 he joined the Royal Cadets School and was thereafter admitted in the Royal Military Academy to follow the Polytechnic master studies. In 1989 he graduated as a “Polytechnics officer in telecommunications” and became an engineer specialized in Information and Communication Technologies.
Before joining the F-16 airbase at Kleine Brogel in July 1989, he followed a 6 month course to become an F-16 avionics expert. In 1992, he made a switch from F-16 to the world of CIS and was appointed as Technical Project Officer to help build the new Air Traffic Control Center for the Belgian Defence. During the 8 years of this project, a lot of rewarding contacts with European and American industry, NATO, EU and several national Civil Aviation Authorities took place.
After becoming Major in 2002 he moved to the Evere staff where he worked for 4 years in the technical branch within the CIS-domain of Air Traffic and Air Defense.
He then, in 2006, became as a Lieutenant-Colonel the commanding officer of Operational C3 units with experts in Tactical Intranet, Geographical services and Strategic Communications including the Belgian satellite anchoring station.
End 2010 he moved to the Joint staff for Operations & Training where he was responsible for the CIS-planning of all operations of the Belgian Defence. He was at Kabul, Kandahar and Mazar-E-Sharif and in RD Congo, Burundi and Rwanda as well as in Lebanon. He was involved in the planning of EU Training Missions and Operations as well as in NATO and Coalition operations.
In 2013 he was appointed as head of Belgian Defence J6 office where he was promoted to Colonel. Apart from his national responsibility in the domain of CIS for operations and training, as J6 he is also actively involved in the Federated Mission Networking (FMN) NATO initiative and is the CIS Director representing Belgium in the EUMS meetings. From July 2016 to August 2019 he served as ACOS J6, ACOS CYBER and ACOS J6 CYBER at SHAPE Headquarters. He took over the responsibilities of the SHAPE Director of Management as of 14 August 2019.
He is married to Ingrid since 1989; they have been blessed with two boys: Glenn is 24 years old and Yannic is 16 years old.
Brigadier General Martin DE PAUW adores languages as they are a window to the world. In his spare time he can be found on a bicycle or doing indoor climbing.