The Government appointed Rune Jakobsen as the new commander on Friday 4 September. Rune Jakobsen is also appointed Lieutenant General. The Ministry of Defence decides when Jakobsen takes over as commander.
Jakobsen succeeds Lieutenant General Morten Haga Lunde, who takes over as Director for the Norwegian Intelligence Service in 2016.
Since 2013, Rune Jakobsen has served as Inspector General for the Army. Chief of Defence, Admiral Haakon Bruun-Hanssen, is looking forward to working with Rune Jakobsen as commander for the Headquarters.
"Jakobsen is highly qualified for the job. He has varied operational experience, both from Norway and abroad. I have gotten to know him as an officer with great skills, high personal integrity and credibility," says the Admiral, and adds that Jakobsen has run the Army in an excellent way.
The new commander started his military career in July 1980 and has filled several key positions in the Norwegian Armed Forces. He has been commanding officer for the Telemark Battalion, Chief of the Army Staff, National Contingent Commander in Afghanistan and Chief of Staff in the Norwegian Defence Staff. The Norwegian Joint Headquarters is nothing new for Jakobsen. From 2010 to 2013, he served as Chief of Operations at the Headquarters.