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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, NATO, the European Union and the United Nations.

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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.

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, Commodore Christian Bock and the Director Strategic Affairs & Faculties, Colonel André Abed.

The Commandant of the Bundeswehr Command and Staff College (middle) with his two Directors standing in front of a building

Commander of the Leadership Academy, Major General Oliver Kohl (centre) with Director Training, Commodore Christian Bock (right) and Director Strategy & Faculties, Colonel André Abed (left)

Bundeswehr Command and Staff College/Katharina Roggmann
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 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, NATO HQ SKOPJE, Skopje, Macedonia

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

portrait photofoto Rear Admiral Christian Bock

Commodore Christian Bock, Director Training and Education, Bundeswehr Command and Staff College, Hamburg

Führungsakademie der Bundeswehr/Katharina Roggmann

Rear Admiral and Director Training and Education

Date of Birth: 18. August 1969
Place of Birth: Bonn

Military Career

since 2021     
Director Training and Education, Bundeswehr Command and Staff College, Hamburg

2018 – 2021
Commander Flotilla 1 and Director NATO Centre of Excellence for Operations in Confined and Shallow Waters, Kiel

2015 – 2018
Branch Chief Concepts and Objectives, Planning Directorate, Federal Ministry of Defense, Bonn

2013 – 2015
Branch Head Maritime Operation and Region Horn of Africa, Federal Armed Forces Joint Forces Operations Command, Potsdam

2012 – 2013
Deputy Head of Division "Military Aspects of Security Policy", Federal Chancellery, Berlin

2010 – 2012
Staff Officer Plans and Conceptual Developments, Joint Staff Planning Branch, Federal Ministry of Defense, Bonn

2008 – 2010
Commander, 5th Minesweeping Squadron, Kiel

2007 – 2008
Staff Officer Operations, Joint Staff, Current Operations Branch, Federal Ministry of Defense, Bonn

2005 – 2007
Officer Education and Training, Staff Officer Operations and Deputy Commanding Officer, 3rd Minesweeping Squadron, Olpenitz/Kiel

2003 – 2005
Military Assistant to ACOS Implementation and DCOS Transformation, Headquarter Supreme Allied Comander Transformation, Norfolk, USA

2001 – 2003
Admiral Staff Officers Course, Federal Armed Forces General Staff and Command College, Hamburg

2000 – 2001
Staff Officer, Naval Staff Plans, Policy and International Cooperation Branch, Bonn

1998 – 2000
Commanding Officer, FGS “Kulmbach”, 3rd Minesweeping Squadron, Olpenitz

1997 – 1998
Principle Warfare Course Operations and Minewarfare, Maritime Operations School, Bremerhaven

1997               
On the Job Trainee, Protocol-Branch, Federal Ministry of Defense, Bonn

1994 – 1997
Navigation and Executive Officer on Minehunters class 331B and Support Vessels class 701A, Wilhelmshaven

1993 – 1994
Training as MCM Officer

1989 – 1993
Studies of Economics, Federal German Armed Forces University, Hamburg

1988 – 1989
Officer Training, Crew VII/88 Naval Academy Mürwik, Flensburg

1988               
Joined the German Navy and Basic Officer Training, Naval College Mürwik, Flensburg

Mission Experience

2008 – 2009
Commander GER UNIFIL contingent, Lebanon-Cyprus

Arrival

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