Air Commodore Madelein Spit
Assistant Director of the Joint Air Power Competence Centre
Commodore M.M.C. (Madelein) Spit was born on 31 December 1960. She started her military career as an Air Force cadet at the Royal Military Academy in Breda where she graduated in Aerospace Engineering in 1984. Her military education also includes the Advanced Staff course from 1997 to 1998 at the Netherlands Defence College.
After her graduation, her first assignment was Head of the Quality Assurance Office at Airbase Soesterberg. Three years later, she took up the position of Head of the F-27 Aircraft Maintenance and Engines Division. From 1990-1992 she worked as Chief Assistant to the Head of the Aircraft Office at the Tactical Air Command. Subsequently she was posted to the Directorate of Materiel of the RNLAF from 1992-1997, where she held two different positions in the F-16 Weapon systems Branch.
In 1998, after promotion to lieutenant-colonel, she became commander of the Air Force Logistics Division in Rhenen. After two years, she moved to the Material Policy Division of the Directorate-General of Materiel at the Netherlands Ministry of Defence as policy adviser. In 2002, after being promoted to colonel, she held the position of Branch Head of Air Defence Systems, Weapons and Weapon Technology Branch. Subsequently, in 2005 she was the Netherlands Representative in the JSF Program Office in Washington. After promotion to Air Commodore in 2007 she held the post of Deputy Director of the Air Systems in the Defence Materiel Organisation until 2011. From 2011 to august 2014 she was Commander of the Property Management and Security Division of Support Command.
Madelein Spit lives in Utrecht, has a lifelong friend, enjoys hiking and cycling and has a passion for gardening.