Gibraltarian Royal Engineer promoted to Lieutenant Colonel

Stephen Massetti, son of Bert and Maggie Massetti and an officer in the Royal Engineers has been promoted to Lieutenant Colonel.

Lieutenant Colonel Massetti was educated at various schools in the United Kingdom and read Mathematics with Engineering as a first degree at Nottingham University. He Commissioned from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst into the Corps of Royal Engineers in 1993.

His early career was spent as a Troop Commander in Cyprus after which he returned to the UK and joined the Engineer in Chief (Army)'s Recruiting Liaison Staff, where he helped recruit young officers into the Corps of Royal Engineers. After a short staff course Lieutenant Colonel Massetti spent several years in Germany with a Royal Engineer General Support Regiment as a Squadron Second in Command, during which time he deployed to the Balkans and worked for the United Nations on mine clearance duties.

Lieutenant Colonel Massetti became one of the Army's Geospatial Specialists in 2001 when he completed the Army Survey Course, successfully obtaining a Masters degree in Defence Geospatial Information Systems . He has held several specialist technical staff posts and commanded a Royal Engineers Specialist Squadron. Most recently Lieutenant Colonel Massetti was Chief of Staff at the Joint Aeronautical and Geospatial Organisation. He has taken up a new post with his new rank working as a staff officer at the Ministry of Defence in London.

Lieutenant Colonel Massetti is proud to be both a Gibraltarian and a Royal Engineer. His wife, Patricia, is a retired Army Officer who now works as a Senior Accident and Emergency nursing Sister. They have 4 children Molly, aged 15, Max, aged 12, Thomas, aged 16 months and newly arrived Alice. They enjoy nothing better than coming back to Gibraltar, and relaxing with the family at Catalan Bay.