Major-General Iacob was born and raised in Paşcani city, Iaşi County and joined the Romanian Armed Forces in 1993 by graduating the Armour Officer School. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Science awarded by the Romanian National Defence University and a Master’s degree in Strategy and International Security awarded by King’s College, University of London in 2013
His formal education includes an US Army Armour Officer Basic Course in 1997, Public Affairs Officer Course in 2001 and UK Royal College of Defence Studies in 2012. BG Iacob graduated the English Language Course of the US Defence Language Institute in 2001.
MG Iacob’s has been privileged and honoured to have commanded troops at all levels from platoon to brigade. His command assignments include brigade commander of the 15th Mechanized Brigade, battalion commander of the 814th Tank Battalion, OMLT commander Zabul Province Afghanistan 2008-2009 and Tank Company commander, 51st Tank Battalion 1997-1999.
His service has included postings several staff assignments, both national and multinational, as deputy chief of the Romanian Land Forces TRADOC, chief of training section in the 4th Infantry Division, Chief of Staff Combined Team Zabul, Afghanistan 2010, staff officer 4th Territorial Army Corps and 5th Armour Brigade.
MG Iacob has been awarded the Military Virtue Medal the Honor of Romanian Armed Forces Emblem (“C” device), the General Staff’s Honour Emblem, the In Service of Peace Merit Emblem, the Land Forces’ Honour Emblem and NATO’s non-art 5 Medal.
Major-General Iacob assumed responsibilities as the Chief of the Training and Doctrine Directorate, Romanian Defence Staff in February 2018 and was promoted to his current rank in December 2019