Markus Kreitmayr

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Markus Kreitmayr (born March 24, 1968 ) is a Brigadier General of the Army of the German Armed Forces . He is the commander of the Bundeswehr Special Forces Command.

Military career

Training and first uses


Kreitmayr occurred in 1987 at the Infantry Battalion 113 in the Nordgaukaserne in Cham into the Bundeswehr. This was followed from 1987 to 1989 by training as an officer of the Panzer Grenadier Troops and from 1989 to 1990 as a platoon leader in the 2nd  Company of the Panzer Grenadier Battalion 112 in the Bayerwald barracks in Regen . Kreitmayr then studied aerospace engineering (graduate engineer (univ.)) At the University of the Federal Armed Forces in Munich . From 1994 to 1995 he was employed again as a platoon leader in the 4th Company of the Panzer Grenadier Battalion 112. From 1995 to 1996, Kreitmayr was employed as an S3 planning officer with the Chief of Staff of the II. German-American Corps in the Wilhelmsberg barracks in Ulm used. Subsequently, from 1996 to 1999, he was again in leadership responsibility as company commander of the 2nd company of the 112th Panzer Grenadier Battalion. From 1999 to 2000 he worked as a training group leader at the Regional Infantry Training Center in Hammelburg , before taking part in the 43rd Army General Staff Course (LGAN 2000) from 2000 to 2002 at the command academy of the German Armed Forces in Hamburg .

Service as a staff officer

The first use in the general staff service took place from 2002 to 2004 as a G2 in the 14th Panzer Grenadier Division in Neubrandenburg . He then attended the Advanced Command and Staff Course at the Joint Services Command and Staff College in Watchfield ( United Kingdom ).

From 2005 to 2006 he was employed as a ministerial officer Fü S III 1 (military policy principles; bilateral relations) in the command staff of the armed forces in the Federal Ministry of Defense in Berlin . From 2007 to 2009 he was employed at the Special Forces Command as Chief of Staff.

Kreitmayr was from 2009 to 2011 commander of the Armored Infantry Battalion 112 in rain, 2011-2013 adjutant of the inspector of the Army in the Army Staff . It was later used in the Army Command in Bonn and Strausberg . From 2013 to 2015 he was a Faculty Member at the United States Army War College , Carlisle (USA). He took part in the Distance Education Program (Masters of Strategic Studies (MSS)).

From 2015 to 2016, he was appointed head of staff in the Rapid Forces division in Stadtallendorf . He was then transferred to Berlin from 2016 to 2018, where he served as Head of Management Development in the Federal Ministry of Defense.

Service as a general

Since June 26, 2018, Kreitmayr has been the successor to Brigadier General Alexander Sollfrank, Commander of the Special Forces Command (KSK) in Calw and at the same time General Special Forces . In this post he was also appointed Brigadier General in December 2018.

Ammunition return campaign

As part of the investigation of right-wing extremist incidents within the KSK, in connection with which disappeared ammunition was also searched, Kreitmayr created the possibility for members of the commando from the beginning of 2020 to the end of April 2020 to return illegally or carelessly appropriated ammunition anonymously and thus with impunity. In a letter from the KSK leadership to the association, this was referred to as an " amnesty ". Various media considered this procedure (not uncommon in Anglo-American associations) to be unlawful and Kreitmayr as not authorized to do so. The anonymous return resulted in tens of thousands of rounds and a total of significantly more ammunition than the KSK had missed. In addition, hand grenades are said to have been handed in. At least against individual soldiers, criminal proceedings should have been initiated, which, according to the daily news, was not carried out. According to the constitutional lawyer Ulrich Battis , Kreitmayr could have been guilty of obstruction of punishment in office ( § 258 StGB ); According to a report by Spiegel , the Army Command and certain parts of the Federal Ministry of Defense also knew about the procedure. In the criminal case against the staff sergeant Philipp Sch. , formerly the 2nd KSK Company, the judge stated with regard to the KSK commander: “What would he have achieved if he had combined the return of the ammunition with a threat of punishment? He would have achieved nothing because hardly anyone would have given anything. "

The Federal Armed Forces Association issued a detailed statement on Kreitmayr's person at the beginning of March 2021, which deals critically with the investigation against him because the ministry presumably knew about the “amnesty” early on and Kreitmayr was otherwise an “impeccable” officer.

Defense Minister Kramp-Karrenbauer announced on March 21, 2021 that she had initiated preliminary disciplinary investigations against Kreitmayr, which, for reasons of neutrality, were being carried out by military disciplinary attorneys from the Bundeswehr Medical Service Command . Kreitmayr will remain in his command post until the investigation is complete. At the beginning of May 2021, police officers confiscated the commander's official communications equipment. You are implementing a request for assistance from the Tübingen public prosecutor's office.

Assignments abroad

  • 1997 SFOR company commander of the 2nd Company of the Armored Task Force, Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • 2003/2004 KFOR Deputy J2 / Chief All Sources Intelligence Center, Multinational Brigade Southwest, Kosovo
  • 2009 ISAF Commander Special Forces Task Force (TF47), Afghanistan
  • 2010/2011 ISAF Chief Forward Planning Cell, Regional Command North, Afghanistan



Kreitmayr is married and has five children.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Passauer Neue Presse: Former Regener commander is now chief of the Bundeswehr elite unit . In: Bayerwald-Bote Regen - news - newspaper - rain, Viechtach, Zwiesel . ( [accessed December 3, 2018]).
  2. Ralf Klormann: Calw - KSK: New commander is coming. In: Black Forest Messenger. May 5, 2018, accessed December 3, 2018 .
  3. Matthias Schiermeyer: A lot of work for the new KSK boss. In: . June 26, 2018, accessed January 11, 2019 .
  4. Thomas Wiegold: New allegations against the KSK: Amnesty action for hoarded ammunition? Eyes straight ahead! (Blog), February 19, 2021, accessed February 22, 2021 .
  5. Suspicion of thwarting punishment. Tagesschau, February 19, 2021, accessed on February 22, 2021 .
  6. ^ Matthias Gebauer: KSK affair: ammunition collection was known in the ministry for a long time. Der Spiegel, February 23, 2021, accessed on February 23, 2021 .
  7. Joachim Käppner Mild judgment for KSK soldier , Süddeutsche Zeitung, 13./14. March 2021, p. 5
  8. Statement of the DBwV , accessed on March 6, 2021
  9. ^ Peter Carstens: After the amnesty action: Investigations against KSK commander Kreitmayr . In: FAZ . ISSN  0174-4909 ( [accessed March 22, 2021]).
  10. Cell phone and tablet confiscated from the KSK commander . In: Süddeutsche Zeitung, May 3, 2021.