Air Commodore M.M.C. (Madelein) Spit was born on 31 December 1960. She started her military career as an Air Force cadet at the Royal Military Academy in Breda where she graduated in Aerospace Engineering in 1984. Her military education includes the Advanced Staff Officers Course/War College at the Netherlands Defense Academy.
After graduation, her first assignment was as Head of the Quality Assurance Office at Airbase Soesterberg. From there, she moved to the Airlift Command where she headed the Maintenance Organization of the air transport fleet. Next, she worked as the executive officer to the A-4 of the Tactical Air Command. Subsequently, she was posted to the Directorate of Materiel of the RNLAF where she held two positions in the F-16 Weapons Systems Branch.
After promoting to lieutenant-colonel, she became commander of the RNLAF Electronics and Avionics Depot in Rhenen. Following that, she worked as senior policy advisor at the Netherlands Ministry of Defense. Upon promoting to colonel, she served as Division head of Air Defense Systems and Weapons. In this position, she represented the Netherlands MOD on various NATO committees and panels dealing with air and missile defense. Subsequently, she received an assignment to Washington DC, where she was the Netherlands Representative in the F-35 Program Office. After promotion to Air Commodore, she was appointed to the post of Deputy Director of the Air Systems in the Netherlands MOD. This post included representing the Netherlands MOD in NATO Air Systems and Armaments committees
To enhance her experience in the joint and interservice environment, she was appointed Commander of the Property Management and Security Division of Joint Support Command. Currently she holds the position of Assistant Director of the NATO Joint Airpower Competence Centre in Kalkar, Germany. This organization is dedicated to provide NATO leadership with effective and viable solutions to Joint Air and Space power challenges.