Born in Coimbra on March 1, 1964, Major-General Paulo José Reis Mateus joined the Portuguese Air Force Academy in 1982, where he completed the Military Pilot Course in 1987, as a First Lieutenant.
After attending the Complementary Helicopters Course in Alouette-III, he started his operational activity in 1988 as a helicopter pilot in 552 Squadron, in which he performed multiple roles, namely, flight safety officer, pilot instructor and head of the Standardization and Academic Assessment Section.
In 1994, following the Complementary Course on Multi-Engine Aircraft, he was seconded to 401 Squadron. Assigned to reconnaissance and maritime surveillance missions, he was awarded his Pilot Commander qualification for CASA 100 and CASA 300 aircraft. He also served as Head of Operational Planning, as well as the Liaison Officer for the Scientific Community, having, by that time, published several articles on the subject of maritime surveillance and the prevention of pollution.
As a Major, in 1996, he was seconded to the Air Force Academy, where he held different responsibilities in the academic planning area, in addition to duties as a teacher and instructor pilot.
In 2000, he served as 401 Squadron Leader. In 2002, as a Lieutenant-Colonel, he was appointed Wing Operations Commander at Air Base Nº 1, Sintra.
He returned to the Air Force Academy in 2004 and assumed the position of Student Corps Commander. Simultaneously, he was the Officer in charge of tutorship arrangements for Portuguese pilot students attending practical training in the USA, and the Commissioner for the implementation of the Pilot Course in the Mozambique Military Academy, Nampula.
Promoted to Colonel in 2007, he was Portuguese Defense Attaché to France, Belgium and Luxembourg in the period 2007-2010.
Returning to Portugal in October 2010, he served on the Air Force General Staff as Head of the Resources Division. Afterwards, from 2011 to 2013, he was assigned as Air Base Nº 5 Commander.
Between 2013-2014 he completed the Flag Officers’ Course. After that he was the Deputy Personnel Director.
Following that, he attended the Senior Course 126 at the NATO Defense College (NDC), Rome. From August 2015 to October 2016, he was assigned Portuguese Senior National Representative and Faculty Adviser at the NDC.
Promoted to Brigadier-General in October 2016 returned to Portugal as Director of Air Operations at the Air Command.
Throughout his career, Major-General Paulo Mateus has totaled more than 3500 flight hours in different types of aircraft, ranging from gliders and helicopters to fixed wing planes.
He holds several national awards and decorations, as well as the National Order of Merit, Officers Class, awarded by the President of the French Republic.
Major-General Paulo Mateus is married to Ana Paula Mateus and has two daughters.