Inspector General of the Bundeswehr

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Inspector General of the Bundeswehr
Generalinspekteur der Bundeswehr
Flagge Generalinspekteur Bundeswehr.svg
Flag of the Inspector General of the Bundeswehr
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Incumbent
General Volker Wieker

since 21 January 2010
Federal Ministry of Defence
Member of Ministry of Defence Executive Group
Reports to Federal Minister of Defence
Formation 1 June 1957
First holder General Adolf Heusinger
Website Official Website

The Inspector General of the Bundeswehr (German: Generalinspekteur der Bundeswehr, GenInspBw), also translated as Chief of Staff of the Federal Armed Forces, is the highest-ranking military post held by a commissioned officer in the Bundeswehr, the present-day armed forces of Germany.

All Inspectors General have been of the rank of a (four-star) general or admiral, and they head the Führungsstab der Streitkräfte, the German Defence Staff within the Federal Ministry of Defence, and is the direct military advisor to the Federal Minister of Defence who is the peacetime holder of the supreme command authority (German: Inhaber der Befehls- und Kommandogewalt).

Subordinate to the Inspector General are the commanders of the branches of the Bundeswehr, the Inspector of the Army, Inspector of the Air Force, and Inspector of the Navy, and the commanders of the Joint Support Service and Joint Medical Service.

Title and translations

While official translations of the position include "Chief of Staff"[1] and variations of this term, the German term "Generalinspekteur" – "Inspector General" – was specifically created to avoid the term of "Generalstabschef" ("Chief of General Staff") deemed historically compromised. When the Bundeswehr was created in 1955, many traditional military terms were considered inappropriate after the German Wehrmacht's conduct in World War II. Therefore, Federal German Bundeswehr has no "General Staff", but the "Army Command" ("Kommando Heer").

List of officeholders

Inspector General Took office Left office Time in office Defence branch Federal Minister of Defence
1
Adolf Heusinger
Heusinger, AdolfGeneral Adolf Heusinger
(1897–1982)
1 June 1957 31 March 1961 3 years, 303 days Bundeswehr Logo Heer with lettering.svg
Army
Strauß, Franz JosefFranz Josef Strauß
(1966 – 1969)
2
Friedrich Foertsch
Foertsch, FriedrichGeneral Friedrich Foertsch
(1900–1976)
1 April 1961 31 December 1963 2 years, 274 days Bundeswehr Logo Heer with lettering.svg
Army
Strauß, Franz JosefFranz Josef Strauß
(1966 – 1969)
Kai-Uwe von Hassel
(1963 – 1966)
3
Heinz Trettner
Trettner, HeinrichGeneral Heinz Trettner
(1907–2006)
1 January 1964 25 August 1966 2 years, 236 days Bundeswehr Logo Heer with lettering.svg
Army
von Hassel, Kai-UweKai-Uwe von Hassel
(1963 – 1966)
4
Ulrich de Maizière
de Maizière, UlrichGeneral Ulrich de Maizière
(1912–2006)
25 August 1966 31 March 1972 5 years, 219 days Bundeswehr Logo Heer with lettering.svg
Army
von Hassel, Kai-UweKai-Uwe von Hassel
(1963 – 1966)
Gerhard Schröder
(1966 – 1969)
Helmut Schmidt
(1969 – 1972)
5
Armin Zimmermann
Zimmermann, ArminAdmiral Armin Zimmermann
(1917–1976)
1 April 1972 30 November 1976 4 years, 243 days Bundeswehr Logo Marine with lettering.svg
Navy
Leber, GeorgGeorg Leber
(1972 – 1978)
6
Harald Wust
Wust, HaraldGeneral Harald Wust
(1921–2010)
21 December 1976 11 December 1978 1 year, 355 days Bundeswehr Logo Luftwaffe with lettering.svg
Air Force
Leber, GeorgGeorg Leber
(1972 – 1978)
7
Jürgen Brandt
Brandt, JürgenGeneral Jürgen Brandt
(1922–2003)
12 December 1978 31 March 1983 4 years, 109 days Bundeswehr Logo Heer with lettering.svg
Army
Apel, HansHans Apel
(1978 – 1982)
Manfred Wörner
(1982 – 1988)
8
Wolfgang Altenburg
Altenburg, WolfgangGeneral Wolfgang Altenburg
(born 1928)
1 April 1983 30 September 1986 3 years, 182 days Bundeswehr Logo Heer with lettering.svg
Army
Wörner, ManfredManfred Wörner
(1982 – 1988)
9
Dieter Wellershoff
Wellershoff, DieterAdmiral Dieter Wellershoff
(1933–2005)
1 October 1986 30 September 1991 4 years, 364 days Bundeswehr Logo Marine with lettering.svg
Navy
Wörner, ManfredManfred Wörner
(1982 – 1988)
Rupert Scholz
(1988 – 1989)
Gerhard Stoltenberg
(1989 – 1992)
10
Klaus Naumann
Naumann, KlausGeneral Klaus Naumann
(born 1939)
1 October 1991 8 February 1996 4 years, 130 days Bundeswehr Logo Heer with lettering.svg
Army
Stoltenberg, GerhardGerhard Stoltenberg
(1989 – 1992)
Volker Rühe
(1992 – 1998)
11
Hartmut Bagger
Bagger, HartmutGeneral Hartmut Bagger
(born 1938)
8 February 1996 31 March 1999 3 years, 51 days Bundeswehr Logo Heer with lettering.svg
Army
Rühe, VolkerVolker Rühe
(1992 – 1998)
Rudolf Scharping
(1998 – 2002)
12
Hans-Peter von Kirchbach
von Kirchbach, Hans-PeterGeneral Hans-Peter von Kirchbach
(born 1941)
1 April 1999 30 June 2000 1 year, 90 days Bundeswehr Logo Heer with lettering.svg
Army
Scharping, RudolfRudolf Scharping
(1998 – 2002)
13
Harald Kujat
Kujat, HaraldGeneral Harald Kujat
(born 1942)
1 July 2000 30 June 2002 1 year, 364 days Bundeswehr Logo Luftwaffe with lettering.svg
Air Force
Scharping, RudolfRudolf Scharping
(1998 – 2002)
14
Wolfgang Schneiderhan
Schneiderhan, WolfgangGeneral Wolfgang Schneiderhan
(born 1946)
1 July 2002 26 November 2009 7 years, 148 days Bundeswehr Logo Heer with lettering.svg
Army
Scharping, RudolfRudolf Scharping
(1998 – 2002)
Peter Struck
(2002 – 2005)
Franz Josef Jung
(2005 – 2009)
Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg
(2009 – 2011)
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Johann-Georg Dora
Dora, Johann-GeorgLieutenant General Johann-Georg Dora (Acting)
(born 1948)
27 November 2009 21 January 2010 55 days Bundeswehr Logo Luftwaffe with lettering.svg
Air Force
zu Guttenberg, Karl-TheodorKarl-Theodor zu Guttenberg
(2009 – 2011)
15
Volker Wieker
Wieker, VolkerGeneral Volker Wieker
(born 1954)
21 January 2010 Incumbent 8 years, 93 days Bundeswehr Logo Heer with lettering.svg
Army
zu Guttenberg, Karl-TheodorKarl-Theodor zu Guttenberg
(2009 – 2011)
Thomas de Maizière
(2011 – 2013)
Ursula von der Leyen
(since 2013)

See also

References

  1. ^ "The Chief of Defence". bmvg.de. The German Government. Retrieved 14 September 2017. 

External links

  • List of Chiefs of Staff, Bundeswehr with personal data and photo (Official website of the Bundeswehr)
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