ⓘ Jan Salestrand. Lieutenant General Jan Ingvar Salestrand is a retired Swedish Air Force officer. Salestrand has served as Director Joint Staff, head of the Swed ..

                                     

ⓘ Jan Salestrand

Lieutenant General Jan Ingvar Salestrand is a retired Swedish Air Force officer. Salestrand has served as Director Joint Staff, head of the Swedish Armed Forces Headquarters, head of the Swedish Armed Forces Special Forces and as the Commandant General in Stockholm. From 2014 to 2018, he served as State Secretary to the Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist. Since 1 October 2018, Salestrand serves as Chief of His Majestys Military Staff.

                                     

1. Career

Salestrand was born in Vaxjo, Sweden. He attended platoon officers course from 1974 to 1975 and served as an instructor at the Vastgota Air Force Wing F 6 in 1975. Salestrand attended company officers course from 1978 to 1979 and served as platoon commander at the Royal Vastergotland Air Force Wing in 1979. In 1982 he became head of the General Department at the Royal Vastergotland Air Force Wing and in 1984 he attended the Swedish Air Force War College Flygvapnets krigshogskola, FKHS. Salestrand completed the Swedish Armed Forces Staff Colleges basic course from 1986 to 1987 and served as company commander at the Royal Vastergotland Air Force Wing in 1987. He then completed the Swedish Armed Forces Staff Colleges senior course from 1988 to 1990 and served as an Operational/Tactical Officer Education op/ta teacher at the Swedish Armed Forces Staff College in 1990.

Salestrand served as base commander at the Royal Vastergotland Air Force Wing in 1992 and was head of the Base Section in the Air Force Command at the Swedish Air Force Headquarters in 1994. He attended the Air War College in United States from 1996 to 1997 and back in Sweden in 1997 he was head of the Planning Department at the Swedish Armed Forces Headquarters in Stockholm. Salestrand was appointed commanding officer of the Jamtland Air Force Wing F 4 and commanding officer of Ostersund Garrison on 1 October 2000. He served in this position until 2003 and during this time he also attended the civil management course at Solbacka in Sodermanland in 2002. He was appointed Deputy Chief of General Training and Management Stallforetradande chef for Grundorganisationsledningen on 1 October 2003 and then served as Chief of Training and Procurement Forbandsproduktionschef from 2005 to 2007. In 2007 he attended the management course at Solbacka in Sodermanland.

Salestrand served as Chief of Training & Development Produktionschef from 2007 to 2009. On 7 May 2009 he was appointed Director Joint Staff Chef for ledningsstaben and head of the Swedish Armed Forces Headquarters. In this position he was also the head of the Swedish Armed Forces Special Forces and the Commandant General in Stockholm. Salestrand acted from 31 January 2013 until 18 March 2013 as Deputy Supreme Commander and Chief of Swedish Armed Forces. This because of Supreme Commander General Sverker Goransons sick leave for exhaustion. Salestrand left his positions and retired from the military in 2014. On 7 October 2014, Salestrand was appointed State Secretary to the Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist. On 9 September 2018, he was appointed Chief of His Majestys Military Staff, taking office on 1 October 2018.

                                     

2. Dates of rank

  • 1998 – Colonel
  • 2005 – Major General
  • 2007 – Lieutenant General
  • 1992 – Lieutenant Colonel
  • 1978 – Fanrik
  • 1981 – Lieutenant
  • 1987 – Major
  • 1975 – Sergeant
  • 2003 – Brigadier General
  • 1983 – Captain