Commanding officer of the "Vice Admiral engineer Grigore Marteş"
110th Communication and Informatics Centre

(2016 - )

Captain PÎSTAE GELU was born on the 29nd of May 1973 in Corabia, Olt county, Romania. He graduated from "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" Navy Military Highschool in 1988, and in the period of 1988-1993 attended "Mircea cel Bătrân" Naval Academy, Military Navy college, Navigation section.

His first assignment was as the second officer at Patrol Boat project 780. From 1994 to 1996 he was commander of the underwater weapons unit at Minesweepers 25 and 30 from the 146th Mine Counter Measures Squadron. In 1996 he was promoted as executive officer at Minesweeper 24.

From 2001 to 2008 he was commanding officer of the Minesweeper 24. In the period of 2008-2010 he attended the master’s degree program Joint Command of Naval Forces in Military Science and Information at "Carol I" National Defence University. After graduation he was promoted to Office Chief of naval actions surveillance at the Naval Operational Component (NOC). In the period of 2015-2016 he was assigned as Chief of Operations at the Naval Operational Component.

In the period of August 2016 - January 2017 he was authorized to command the 110th Communication and Informatics Centre, and beginnig with 15th of January 2017, by the order of the General Chief Of Staff was named commanding officer of the "Vice Admiral engineer Grigore Marteş" 110th Communication and Informatics Centre.

Along the career path, he developed his personal professional training and graduated numerous courses of career and level, such as:

- Mineswipper ship commanding officer course - 1997;
- General Staff course – Battle preparation - 1998;
- Use in balttle of the naval units - 2001;
- English course - 2002, 2004 şi 2005;
- Department Head Operations course, in New Port, S.U.A. - 2006.
He participated in multiple international exercises such as: Cooperative Partner(1997, 2002, 2004), Rescue Eagle(1988), Open Spirit(2003), Cooperative Engagement(2005), Blackseapartnership(2009) şi Blackseafor(2010).

As a sign of appreciation for his professionalism and for his results along his career he received the next awards:

- "Service in the armed forces" Emblem of Honor for 15 years of activity;
- The General Staff "Emblem of Honor";
- "Service in the armed forces" Emblem of Honor for 20 years of activity;
- "Service in the armed forces" Emblem of Honor for 25 years of activity.
Captain Gelu Pîstae is married with Simona and has a daughter, Ştefania.

Speaks english.