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Bundeswehr Command and Staff College

Since 1957, the Bundeswehr Command and Staff College (BwCSC) has been dedicated to preparing military top-level personnel for demanding tasks in the armed forces, NATONorth Atlantic Treaty Organization, the European Union and the United Nations.

The Mission of the Command and Staff College

The College’s core task is to provide initial, advanced and follow-on education and training to professionally experienced officers from Germany and abroad.

It is an attractive place for members of all groups of society to engage in strategic dialogue at a regional, national and international level. Moreover, the BwCSC is opening its doors increasingly to civilian actors from within or outside the Bundeswehr in order to promote the exchange of views and ideas at the strategic level. As an integral part of the strategic community, we seek to further improve the networking of all experts and actors in the field of security.

At the end of their training, the students of the BwCSC will be comprehensively trained and educated leaders; they will be familiar with scientific working methods and thus able to contribute to national security in a Bundeswehr-wide, joint, combined and inter-agency context.

More than 600 officers are being trained here at the Command and Staff College at any given time, among them approximately 100 foreign officers from about 50 nations. Each year, the College provides education and training to more than 3,000 officers and other personnel in a variety of courses and seminars. Altogether, some 3,000 foreign students coming from more than 100 nations and more than 5,000 German officers have completed their general/admiral staff officer training here in Hamburg.

  • 3.000 Course participants
    per year

  • 50 Nations

  • over 70.000 Lessons
    per year

Organisation

The Bundeswehr Command and Staff College is divided into a staff and two directorates: Strategic Affairs & Faculties and Training & Education.
It is headed by the Commandant, Major General Oliver Kohl, the Director Training & Education, Brigadier General Holger Neumann and the Director Strategic Affairs & Faculties, Colonel (GS) André Abed.

The Commandant of the Command and Staff College with his tow Directors standing in front of a building

The Commandant of the Bundeswehr Command and Staff College, Major General Oliver Kohl (middle) with the Director Strategic Affairs & Faculties, Colonel (GS) André Abed (right) and the Director Training & Education, Brigadier General Holger…

Bundeswehr Command and Staff College/Michael Gundelach
Commandant, Bundeswehr Command and Staff College

Major General Oliver Kohl, Commandant, Bundeswehr Command and Staff College

Bundeswehr Command and Staff College/Michael Gundelach

Major General and Commandant

Date of Birth:                 6. June 1964

Place of Birth:               Hattingen

Military Career

since May 2018    Commandant, Bundeswehr Command and Staff College, Hamburg
2016 - 2018    Commander, Armoured Infantry Brigade 41, Neubrandenburg
2013 - 2015    Chief of Branch II 5, Directorate-General for Forces Policy, Federal Ministry of Defence
2012 - 2013    Head of Organizing Staff / Chief of Staff, Army Training Command, Leipzig
2009 - 2012    Commander, Artillery Regiment 100, Mühlhausen
2007 - 2009    Personnel Manager for Army general staff officers, Bundeswehr Personnel Office, Cologne
2006 - 2007    Chief of the Personnel Policy Branch, Bundeswehr Personnel Office, Cologne
2004 - 2006    Commander, Armoured Artillery Demonstration Battalion 325, Schwanewede/Munster
2003 - 2004    Desk officer, Army Staff III 2, Federal Ministry of Defence, Bonn
2001 - 2003    G3 Operations/Plans, Bundeswehr Joint Forces Operations Command, Potsdam
1999 - 2001    General staff officer training (42nd National General/Admiral Staff Officer Course (Army)), Bundeswehr Command and Staff College, Hamburg
1997 - 1999    Aide-de-camp to the Commander, 7th Armoured Division, Düsseldorf
1992 - 1997    Platoon leader, Battery Commander with 3rd Battery, Armoured Artillery Battalion 215, Augustdorf
1989 - 1992    Education studies, Bundeswehr University, Hamburg
1984    Entry into the Bundeswehr, Armoured Artillery Battalion
195, Münster; subsequent officer training

Mission Experience

2011    Commander, PRT Fayzabad with ISAF
1998    ADC COS HQ SFOR


Director Strategic Affairs and Faculties, Bundeswehr Command and Staff College

Colonel (GS) André Abed, Director Strategic Affairs and Faculties, Bundeswehr Command and Staff College

Bundeswehr Command and Staff College/Michael Gundelach

Personal Information

Date of Birth:  10 August 1966   
Place of Birth: Eggenfelden, Germany

Military Career

since Nov 2020    
Director Strategic Affairs and Faculties, Bundeswehr Command and Staff College, Hamburg

2019 – 2020    
Chief of Staff, 10 Armoured Division, Veitshöchheim

2016 – 2019    
Chief of Branch III 2, Directorate-General for Forces Policy, Federal Ministry of Defence, Berlin

2015 – 2016    
Head of Leadership Department, Leadership Development and Civic Education Centre, Koblenz

2014 – 2015    
Head of Instruction Department, Leadership Development and Civic Education Centre, Koblenz

2013 – 2014    
G1, Specialised Operations Division/Rapid Response Forces Division, Stadtallendorf

2012 – 2013    
Staff Officer (special duties), Chief Strategic Operations Planning Group, CJ5 Multinational Joint Headquarters Ulm

2010 – 2012    
G3, Military-Strategic Operational Planning, J5 Response Forces Operations Command, Ulm

2007 – 2010    
Commander, 104 Tank Battalion, Pfreimd

2004 – 2007    
Chief of Staff, 1 Airmobile Brigade, Fritzlar

2003 – 2004    
Desk officer, Army Staff I 1, Federal Ministry of Defence, Bonn

2001 – 2003    
G4, 30 Armoured Infantry Brigade (‘Alb-Brigade’), Ellwangen

1999 – 2001    
42nd General Staff Officer Course (Army), Bundeswehr Command and Staff College, Hamburg

1996 – 1999    
Chief Instructor, Officer Candidate Training, Armour School, Munster

1994 – 1996    
Tank Company Commander, 8 Mountain Tank Battalion, Kirchham

1993 – 1994    
Tank platoon leader, 8 Mountain Tank Battalion, Kirchham

1989 – 1993    
Studied Pedagogics at the Bundeswehr University Munich

1988 – 1989    
Tank platoon leader, 8 Mountain Tank Battalion, Kirchham

1987    
Switched to officer's career, 563 Tank Battalion, Landshut

1985 – 1987    
Joined the Bundeswehr as a conscript (drafted for 15 months), 8 Mountain Tank Battalion, Kirchham

Mission Experience

2013    
Chief LNO, ISAF RC NORTH to ISAF JOINT COMMAND, Kabul, Afghanistan

2011    
Chief CJ3, ISAF RC NORTH, Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan

2008    
DCOM, ISAF PRT KUNDUZ/DCOM Operations, Kunduz, Afghanistan

2003    
J3, Chief Liaison Monitoring Teams, Operation ALLIED HARMONY, NATONorth Atlantic Treaty Organization HQ SKOPJE, Skopje, Macedonia

2002    
G2, GECONKFOR, and J2 Intel Ops, TASK FORCE FOX, Bunardzik, Macedonia

Director Training and Education Bundeswehr Command and Staff College

Brigadier General Holger Neumann, Director Training and Education
Bundeswehr Command and Staff College

Bundeswehr Command and Staff College/Michael Gundelach

Personal Information

Date of Birth:  10 August 1966   
Place of Birth: Ulm, Germany

Military Career

since Sep 2018  
Director Training and Education, Bundeswehr Command and Staff College, Hamburg

2017 – 2018   
Deputy FMoD spokesperson and Chief of the Press Branch in the Press and Information Office, Federal Ministry of Defence, Berlin

2015 – 2017   
S3 Staff Officer and Deputy Commander, Fighter Wing 74, Neuburg including 3 months as S3 Staff Officer and Deputy Commander, Mazar-e Sharif Operational Wing, ISAF, AFG

2013   
EUROFIGHTER weapon system training, Fighter Wing 73, Laage

2009-2013   
Assistant Chief of Branch, Press and Information Office (Air Force spokesperson), Federal Ministry of Defence, Berlin

2007-2009   
Military Assistant to the Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), SHAPE, NATONorth Atlantic Treaty Organization, Mons, BEL

2005-2007   
Assistant Chief of Air Staff Branch III 1, Federal Ministry of Defence, Bonn

2003-2005   
Section Chief A3a, Headquarters 4th Air Division, Aurich

2001-2003   
46th General Staff Officer Course, Bundeswehr Command and Staff College, Hamburg

1999-2001   
S3 Flight Operations Officer, Flying Group; subsequently: Operations Staff Officer, 2nd Flying Squadron, Fighter Bomber Wing 34, Memmingen

1997-1999   
Military Assistant to the Commander 1st Air Division, Headquarters 1st Air Division, Karlsruhe

1994-1997  
Pilot, 2nd Flying Squadron, Fighter Bomber Wing 34, Memmingen

1993-1994  
TORNADO weapon system training, Trinational TORNADO Training Establishment (TTTE), Cottesmore, GBR and Fighter Bomber Wing 38, Jever

1990-1993   

Basic and advanced flight training, Air Force Officer School, Fürstenfeldbruck, Sheppard Air Force Base, Wichita Falls, Texas, USA and Tactical Basic Training Course ALPHA JET, Fighter Bomber Wing 49, Fürstenfeldbruck

1989-1990 
62nd Officer Course, Air Force Officer School, Fürstenfeldbruck

1988-1989   
Basic military service, 2nd Company, 253 Parachute Battalion, Nagold

Medals and Decorations

  • Silver Cross of Honour of the Bundeswehr
  • Bundeswehr Bronze Foreign Duty Medal (ISAF)
  • NATONorth Atlantic Treaty Organization ISAF Medal (Multiple Tour Indicator 2)
  • United States Armed Forces Meritorious Service Medal 

Badges

  • Military Aircraft Pilot Badge in Gold
  • Parachutist Badge in Bronze
  • Bundeswehr Proficiency Badge in Gold
  • United States Air Force Command Pilot Badge

Flying Experience

  • More than 2,800 flying hours (on training and combat aircraft)

Arrival

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