Commander - Armed Forces of Malta



Brigadier Martin G. Xuereb, AFM



On the 18th January 2010, Col. Martin G. Xuereb, AFM., was appointed as Brigadier and Commander of the Armed Forces of Malta.

Brig. Xuereb takes over from Brigadier Carmel Vassallo who retired on reaching pensionable age. Brig. Xuereb was Deputy Commander of the AFM for two years (2008-2010).

Born in Malta on 2nd January 1968, he was commissioned into the Regular Force of the AFM in the rank of Second Lieutenant in October 1988.

He attended his basic military training at the Allievi Ufficiali di Complemento course at the Scuola di Fanteria e Cavalleria in Cesano, Italy.

As a second Lieutenant he qualified as a Physical Education Instructor at the Military School of Physical Education in Orvieto, Italy. In 1990, he attended the Standard Military Course at the Royal Military Accademy Sandhurst, UK., where he was awarded the Oman Prize for academic achievement.

Between 1991 and 1992, as a Lieutenant he commanded an Infantry Platoon and in 1993 he was appointed as Staff Officer III Personnel at HQ AFM.

As a Captain, in 1996, he was posted to Brussels as Malta's Defence Attache' and representative to the Partnership Coordination Cell of the Patnership for Peace. On his return to Malta in 1997, Capt. Xuereb was appointed as Adjutant at 1 Regiment AFM. During this period, he has organised and commanded the first of series of humanitarian trips to Kosovo on behalf of the Maltese Government and a local NGO.

Subsequently, when a Major in 2000, he was attached to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and again posted to Brussels as the Attache' for Common Foreign and Security Policy. Upon Malta's accession to the E.U. In January 2006, after being promoted to Lieutenant Colonel, he was appointed as Malta's Military Representative to the EU.

Lt. Col. Xuereb was promoted to the rank of Colonel on November 2, 2007 and was then appointed as Deputy Commander AFM on January 9, 2008. Between January and December 2009, Col. Xuereb attended the Royal College of Defence Studies in the U.K. On January 18, 2010, Col. Xuereb was appointed as Commander AFM and to the rank of Brigadier.


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