Army
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German Army Headquarters

The German Army Headquarters, based in Strausberg, is the Headquarters of the Chief of the German Army. The German Army Headquarters is the planning, command, steering and control tool of the Chief of the Army and the central point of contact for the Federal Ministry of Defence in Army-specific matters.

Building 3 in the von-Hardenberg Barracks at Strausberg, photographed from the front

Building 3 in the von-Hardenberg Barracks at Strausberg is the headquarters of the Chief of the German Army.

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Mission

The German Army Headquarters is the Headquarters of the Chief of the Army and the sole major command in the Army major organisational element.

The German Army Headquarters is the planning, command, steering and control tool of the Chief of the German Army. It is the central point of contact for the Federal Ministry of Defence in Army-specific matters.

The structure of the German Army Headquarters is systematically aligned with the structures and work procedures of the Federal Ministry of Defence. At the same time, the German Army Headquarters cooperates with the major commands and higher federal authorities of the other major organisational elements.

Administrative tasks

The German Army Headquarters is subdivided into directorates, divisions and branches. They perform administrative tasks in the primary staff functions, such as logistics, personnel management and training principles. The German Army Headquarters is organised into four Directorates to perform these tasks.

  • Operations/Military Intelligence/Training Directorate
  • Plans/International Cooperation Directorate
  • Personnel/Organisation/Military Psychology Directorate
  • Support/Customer Product Management (CPMCustomer Product Management) Directorate

The Chief of the Army is assisted in commanding the Army by the Commander of the Field Army and the Commander, German (DEU) Elements in Multinational (MN) Corps/Basic Military Organisation. These three make up the Army’s highest command echelon.

The Commander of the Field Army exercises command and control over the subordinate divisions.

The Army Concepts and Capabilities Development Centre and the Training Command with their subordinate agencies constitute the Army’s basic military organisation. They are subordinate to the Commander, DEU Elements MN Corps/Basic Military Organisation.

Facts and figures

  • 850 soldiers serve with the German Army Headquarters

  • 3 generals make up the Army’s highest command echelon

  • Strausberg has been the official seat since 2013

Command

  • A portrait of the Chief of the German Army, Lieutenant General Alfons Mais, in uniform

    Lieutenant General Alfons Mais

    Lieutenant General Alfons Mais has been at the head of the German Army Headquarters at Strausberg in Brandenburg since February 2020.

  • A portrait of the Commander, Field Army, Lieutenant General Johann Langenegger, in uniform

    Lieutenant General Johann Langenegger

    As Commander of the Field Army, Lieutenant General Johann Langenegger has been second in command of the German Army Headquarters at Strausberg in Brandenburg since August 2018.

  • A portrait of the Commander, DEU Elements MN Corps/Basic Military Organisation, Lieutenant General Stephan Thomas, in uniform

    Lieutenant General Stephan Thomas

    Lieutenant General Stephan Thomas has been at the head of the DEU Elements MN Corps/Basic Military Organisation at Strausberg in Brandenburg since August 2018.

  • A portrait of the Chief of Staff of the German Army Headquarters, Major General Alexander Sollfrank, in uniform

    Major General Alexander Sollfrank

    Major General Alexander Sollfrank has been Chief of Staff of the German Army Headquarters at Strausberg in Brandenburg since May 2018.

The motto of the German Army Headquarters
We are the Army!
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Chief of the German Army

The Chief of the Army is the supreme commander of the largest military service of the Bundeswehr and exercises command and control over more than 60,000 women and men in uniform. At the same time, the General is responsible for the operational readiness of personnel and materiel.

History

On 11 September 2012, the Chief of Defence transferred command of the Army from Lieutenant General Werner Freers to Lieutenant General Bruno Kasdorf during a parade at Strausberg. On the occasion of this ceremony, the German Army Headquarters was activated with effect from 1 October 2012.

This activation marked the beginning of the Army’s reorientation within the framework of the HEER2011 structure. Since 1 October 2012, the Chief of the German Army’s first official seat has been at Strausberg. All directorates of the German Army Headquarters from Bonn and Koblenz were merged into their target structure at the target destination at Strausberg in the fourth quarter of 2013.

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