Lt Col Tabe de Boer

Lt Col Tabe de Boer

After high school I had the ambition to contribute to ‘a better world’ and so I went to the Royal Military Academy to become an officer. As an air assault and airborne soldier I led different Army units and was deployed in Bosnia, Iraq, Afghanistan and Burundi. This operational phase in my career was followed by policy making positions within the Army Staff. Hereafter I completed the Higher Defense College (Dutch: Hogere Defensie Vorming) with a thesis on the positive influence of yoga on the treatment of PTSS. In my current role as coordinator of the Sustainable Health & Employability programme I can make use of both my personal passions as well as my extensive work-experience.

Alongside my two children and my partner, yoga and running are my passions. I’ve been practicing yoga for twenty years, and it still provides me a means to move, connect, self-explore and accept. It has made me a more complete person and has helped me to carry out my military positions with a person-centered approach. Running, my other passion, has taught me a lot about my physical and mental limits. As a former ultra-runner of distances of 100+ kilometers I’ve experienced the kick of really getting to know yourself, pushing your own boundaries and moving in a unity of surroundings, body, and mind.