Lieutenant General Antonio de la Corte./ Picture: Ministry of Defence.
The Diplomat. Madrid.
The next changing in the organizational chart of the Royal Household of H.M. the King will happen next 23 July, specifically in the Headship of the Military Chamber, since lieutenant general Antonio de la Corte joins the reserve that day after working for 10 regulation years as major general, according to information provided to The Diplomat by sources of the Ministry of Defence.
After the resignations of the head of the Household, Rafael Spottorno, and the director of Communication, Javier Ayuso, a few days after the proclamation of the new monarch, now it is the turn for this lieutenant general that since February 2010 has been with the King Juan Carlos. His replacement has to be a representative of the Navy, since this prestigious post rotates between the forces. The most predictable is that the next head of the Military Chamber is the rear admiral Juan Ruiz Casas, aids-de-camp at the end of the nineties of the then Prince of Asturias and the one who will be promoted to admiral within the next days.
De la Corte will turn 65 years old in October. He is a career military man and he joined the Military Academy of Zaragoza in 1969. He was assigned to the Sahara in the previous months to the handover of the African colony and after being promoted to captain in 1976, he joined the Tank Division number one that so much importance had during the first hours of the coup 23-F. In 1993 he was appointed Head of Operations of UNPROFOR (United Nations Protection Force) in the former Yugoslavia and two years later he worked as aids-de-camp of the King Juan Carlos.
In 2004, he was promoted to brigadier general and he was appointed deputy director of staff for the Army. In 2005, he was appointed Army Air Defence Commander and in 2007, after being promoted to major general, he was at the front of the Management of Maintenance of the Army. Now a golden retirement is waiting for him, since the heads of the Military Chamber join the reserve for six years while they still enjoy their salary and other benefits associated to their position in the ladder as if they were on active service.