Brigadier General Ovidiu Lungu

is a command and staff officer with more than 25 years of experience as commander at various levels and as an operation and planning staff officer at the tactical and joint level. He was commissioned in 1995 as Second Lieutenant and his first appointment was in a field artillery battalion.

His professional experience includes appointments at the tactical and operational level in the Romanian Armed Forces. Between 1997 and 2007 he served in 2nd Infantry Battalion “Cafugareni” where he served in a variety of leadership positions including antitank platoon leader, antitank battery commander and battalion S3 - Operations. In 2005 his unit was deployed to Antica Babilonia mission in Iraq, in the Dhi Qar province, where he served as S3 staff officer. In 2006 he served in Zabul province in Afghanistan under ISAF mission as the S3. At the beginning of 2007 he was assigned to a staff position at ROU Land Forces HQ, where he served in G3 and G5 divisions and in September 2010 was appointed as Chief of G5 - Plans at ROU Land Component Command. In 2o11 he deployed again in Kandahar, Afghanistan, this time as liaison officer in the Romanian General Staff Liaison Team to RC - South / ISAF.

In September 2013 he was appointed as Commander of the 2nd Infantry Battalion “Calugareni”. During his tenure as battalion commander, in 2016 his unit deployed to Afghanistan, as KAF Force Protection battalion.

At the operational level, he led the J5 - Operational Planning in ROU Joint Force Command between January 2017 and November 2018, and then acted as Chief of Staff of the HQ MND SE from Bucharest until September 2021 . Brigadier General Ovidiu Lungu was appointed as Brigade Commander of 1st Mechanized Brigade on 1st September 2021.

Brigadier Lungu's military education includes Command and General Staff Officer Course at the US Army's Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth (class of 2010), Advanced Joint Operations Staff Officer Course (2014), National War College (class of 2018), National Defense University, Fort McNair, Washington DC, where he earned his Master of Science Degree in National Security Strategy, and Post University Continue Professional Development "Security and good governance" - 2020/Romanian National Defense University. In addition, he has a bachelor's degree in social management, and a master degree in Geopolitics and International Relations.

His awards and decorations include Non-Article 5 Medal relating to NATO Operations in Afghanistan, ROU Land Forces Emblem of Honor, ROU General Staff Emblem of Honor, ROU Armed Forces Emblem of Honor, Humanitarian Actions Emblem of Merit and the Honorable Order of Saint Barbara.

He was appointed as COS EUFOR on 17 May 2023. Brigadier General Ovidiu Lungu was born in 1973, in Ploiești, Prahova County.

He is married and has a son.