Air Force Command

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Luftwaffe Command
- Kdo Lw -

Internal association badge of the Luftwaffe command

Internal association badge (coat of arms)
Lineup October 1, 2012
Country GermanyGermany Germany
Armed forces Bundeswehr Kreuz.svg armed forces
Armed forces air force air force
Type Higher command authority
Subordinate troops

ZentrLuftOp Center Air Operations Air Force Command
Coat of arms LwTrKdo.svg

Strength 330
Insinuation GenInspBw GenInspBw
Seat of the staff Country symbol of Berlin color.svg Berlin-Gatow , General Steinhoff barracks

DEU Koeln COA.svg Cologne , Luftwaffe barracks Wahn

Air Force Inspector Lieutenant General Ingo Gerhartz
Deputy Inspector of the Air Force Lieutenant General Ansgar Rieks
Chief of Staff Major General Wolfgang Ohl

The Luftwaffe Command (Kdo Lw) is the only higher command authority of the Air Force subordinate to the Federal Ministry of Defense (BMVg) . It was set up in the course of the realignment of the Bundeswehr on October 1, 2012 by transferring the former command staff of the Air Force , is the top management level of this branch of the Bundeswehr and is led by the Inspector of the Air Force.


The command is the Air Force Chief of Staff Air Force assumed and has his official residence in Berlin-Gatow in the General Steinhoff - Kaserne . Until the infrastructure there is completed, parts of the command will be temporarily housed in the Wahn air force barracks in Cologne-Wahn .

Subordinate troops

Structure of the Air Force in March 2020

The following departments are subordinate to the Air Force Command to fulfill its tasks.

With the establishment of the air force command on July 1, 2015, the command of the operational units of the air force and the command of the support units of the air force were dissolved and merged into the newly established air force command. While one of the core tasks of the Center for Air Operations is to provide the air situation for Germany, the Air Force Command is in charge of all air force squadrons.


  • Troop service management of the military organization area of ​​the air force
  • Establishing and maintaining the Luftwaffe's conceptually prescribed capabilities by the Inspector General of the Bundeswehr, as well as ensuring the Luftwaffe's personnel and material capabilities and operational readiness
  • Ensuring training is the responsibility of the Air Force, including pre-deployment training
  • Advising the commander of the Bundeswehr Operations Command on all air force-specific matters and providing support in maintaining the operational readiness of the Air Force deployed and subordinate to the Bundeswehr Operations Command
  • Ensuring the specified continuous deployment tasks and exercising the powers within the framework of assigned specialist, armed forces or joint tasks


The command is basically organized into four departments and their sub-departments.

  • Development department, Air Force planning
    • Subsection principle, further development of the Air Force
    • Air Force Skill Management Division
    • Subdivision Financial Requirements Analysis / Budget / Federal Audit Office
  • Deployment department
    • Deployment / Operations Management Air Force subdivision
    • Air Force Command & Operations Division
    • Air Force Leadership Subdivision
  • Personnel / organization / training department
    • Air Force Personnel Management Division
    • Organization / Infrastructure & Stationing Department
    • User organization subdivision / SASPF Air Force
    • Air Force Training Division
  • Support department
    • Subdivision Principle / Processes & Control Operations Logistics Air Force
    • Subdivision material operational readiness / operational readiness for weapon systems
  • Central tasks
    • Order & project management
    • Process management & controlling
    • Air Force Press and Information Center
  • Headquarters

There are also other groups as bar and line elements :

  • Adjutancy
  • Occupational and environmental protection
  • Equal Opportunities Officer
  • Legal advisor / defense disciplinary attorney
  • Senior troop psychologist

Command and Head of Department

Deputy Inspector of the Air Force
No. Surname Beginning of the term of office Term expires
2 Lieutenant General Ansgar Rieks 28th September 2017 -
1 Lieutenant General Dieter Naskrent 0October 1, 2012 28th September 2017
Chief of Staff
No. Surname Beginning of the term of office Term expires
3 Major General Wolfgang Ohl 1st October 2019 -
2 Major General Günter-Erhard Giesa 0October 1, 2014 September 30, 2019
1 Major General Erich Staudacher 0October 1, 2012 September 30, 2014
Head of Development and Planning
No. Surname Beginning of the term of office Term expires
5 Brigadier General Christian Leitges 01st January 2018 -
4th Brigadier General Jan Kuebart 0January 1, 2016 June 21, 2018
3 Brigadier General Jörg Lebert June 30, 2014 0January 1, 2016
2 Brigadier General Stefan Perschke 0January 1, 2013 June 30, 2014
1 Brigadier General Christian Badia 0October 1, 2012 0January 1, 2013
Deployment manager
No. Surname Beginning of the term of office Term expires
4th Colonel Bernd Stockmann 01st January 2018 -
3 Brigadier General Michael Hogrebe 0October 1, 2015 01st January 2018
2 Brigadier General Günter Katz October 24, 2014 September 30, 2015
1 Brigadier General Thorsten Poschwatta 0October 1, 2012 October 24, 2014
Head of Human Resources / Organization / Training
No. Surname Beginning of the term of office Term expires
2 Brigadier General Richard Frevel 0July 7, 2016 -
1 Brigadier General Lutz Kohlhaus 0October 1, 2012 0July 7, 2016
Head of department support
No. Surname Beginning of the term of office Term expires
3 Brigadier General Markus Alder 0October 1, 2017 -
2 Brigadier General Michael Bartscher 0July 1, 2015 0October 1, 2017
1 Brigadier General Werner Haumann 0October 1, 2012 January 2015

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Air Force Command. In: Air Force. Bundeswehr, July 2, 2015, accessed on July 9, 2015 .
  2. ^ Federal Ministry of Defense, Press and Information Staff : New management organization in the Air Force. Bundeswehr, June 30, 2015, accessed on July 1, 2015 .
  3. ^ Federal Ministry of Defense, press and information staff : Flyer - Luftwaffe Command. (PDF) Bundeswehr, accessed on July 1, 2015 .
  4. Luftwaffe Command, Air Force Press and Information Staff: New Horizons (pages 4 and 5). (PDF) Bundeswehr, accessed on July 7, 2015 .