Colonel Cătălin TICULESCU
Colonel Cătălin Ticulescu, born on the 1st of April 1970 in Brezoi, Vâlcea County, has graduated from ”Mihai Viteazul” Military High School in 1988 and in the same year he joined the Infantry Officers School ”Nicolae Bălcescu” in Sibiu. He was commissioned 2nd lieutenant in 1991 and served as a platoon commander in 40th ROU Marines Regiment in Medgidia. In 1993 he was selected as Long Range Reconnaissance Group Leader and served in 185th Reconnaissance Battalion for six years, initially as group leader, later on as battalion staff officer and reconnaissance company commander. During this period, he completed the USMC Basic Officers Course and Infantry Officer Course in Quantico, VA, as well as the national Reconnaissance Company Commander Course.
In 1999 captain Ticulescu was appointed as Chief of S-2 Intel for 341th Infantry Battalion, part of the multinational South-East European Brigade (SEEBRIG), where he served for five years. During this period, from March 2003 to May 2004 he deployed with the OSCE in Georgia, where he initially served as military observer and later on as Personal Assistant to the Head of OSCE Border Monitoring Operation in Georgia. In December 2004 he graduated from the Brigade Staff Officers Course in Romania.
In 2005 major Ticulescu was assigned as staff officer in G-2/1st Territorial Army Corps. He served in this position for two years. Along this period, he was deployed in Kandahar, Afghanistan as Liaison Officer/ 341th Infantry Battalion “White Sharks”. On 31st of March 2006 he was wounded during a patrol mission in Kandahar province. After about 3 weeks spent in Ramstein Military Hospital, Germany, partially recovered, he requested and was approved to return to his unit in Afghanistan and completed his tour of duty. For his activity in Afghanistan, in June 2006 he was decorated by the Romanian President with ”Virtutea Militara” Order in the rank of Commander.
In 2007 he was selected as Personal Assistant to the Romanian CHOD. He served in this position for four years. In 2009 he went to US Army Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, KS. He graduated in 2010 and he gained an MMAS from CGSC. He was promoted lieutenant colonel in 2009.
From 2011 to 2014 he was posted as Operations and Crisis Response Officer to the Romanian Military Representation to NATO and EU in Brussels, Belgium.
In September 2014 lieutenant colonel Ticulescu completed his tour in Brussels. Returning to Romania, he was appointed as Commander of 495th Infantry Battalion. He was promoted to colonel in December 2014.
Since June 2015 he is the Commander of Romanian NATO Force Integration Unit (NFIU ROU) in Bucharest.