General  Volker Wieker

Chief of Defence – Germany
2010

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General Volker Wieker was born in Delmenhorst, Lower Saxony, on 1 March 1954.

Volker Wieker, Military Representative of Germany

Military Career

1 July 1974 Joined the Bundeswehr, assigned to Armoured Artillery Battalion 315, Wildeshausen
1976 – 1980 Armoured artillery officer in Wildeshausen; studied surveying in Munich
1980 – 1987 Battery officer and battery commander with Armoured Artillery Battalion 315, Wildeshausen
1987 – 1989 Command and general staff officer training at the Bundeswehr Command and Staff College, Hamburg
1989 – 1991 Assistant branch chief at the Federal Ministry of Defence, Personnel Directorate, Bonn
1991 – 1992 Student on the Command and General Staff Officer Course of the U.S. Army in Fort Leavenworth
1992 – 1993 Operations and training staff officer (G 3) with Armoured Brigade 21, Augustdorf
1993 – 1996 Commander, Armoured Artillery Battalion 215, Augustdorf
1996 – 1997 Assistant branch chief (Executive Group) in the Federal Ministry of Defence, Bonn; in 1996, operations and training staff officer and Chief of the Operations Centre of the German Army Contingent IFOR, Bosnia and Herzegovina
1997 – 1999 Senior military assistant to the Federal Minister of Defence, Bonn
1999 – 2002 Head of the "Army Development" working group at Army Staff, Bonn; Commander, Armoured Brigade 40 "Mecklenburg", Schwerin; in 2001, deployment with KFOR as Commander, Multinational Brigade South, and German National Commander in Chief, Prizren / Kosovo
2002 – 2004 Chief of Staff, Army Office, Cologne
2004 – 2007 Chief of Staff of the Army, Bonn
2007 – 2008 Deputy Commander, 1 German/Netherlands Corps, Münster
2008 – 2010 Commander, 1 German/Netherlands Corps, Münster; deployment as Chief of Staff, ISAF, Kabul
Since 21 January 2010 15th Chief of Staff, Bundeswehr


Promotions

1977 Second Lieutenant
1979 First Lieutenant
1984 Captain
1990 Major
1993 Lieutenant Colonel
1997 Colonel
2002 Brigadier General
2004 Major General
2008 Lieutenant General
2010 General

Awards and Decorations

1996 Bundeswehr Foreign Duty Medal (IFOR)
1996 NATO Service Medal
1999 Gold Cross of Honour of the Bundeswehr
2001 Bundeswehr Foreign Duty Medal (KFOR)
2001 Order of Merit of Bulgaria
2010 Bundeswehr Foreign Duty Medal (ISAF)


Marital Status

General Wieker is married to Sabine Wieker and has two children.


Private Interests

Sports, contemporary history