Chief of the General Staff, Federal Armed Forces of Germany

General Wolfgang Schneiderhan

2002 -

General Wolfgang Schneiderhan was born in Riedlingen/Donau on 26 July 1946.

Military Career

04 April 1966 Entry into the Bundeswehr at Dornstadt near Ulm
Armour officer training
1972 - 1974 Youth information officer 10th Armoured Division in Sigmaringen
1974 - 1977 Company commander with Armoured Battalion 293 in Stetten am Kalten Markt
1977 - 1979 20th Command and General Staff Officer Course (Army) at the Bundeswehr Command and Staff College in Hamburg
1979 - 1981 Assistant Branch Chief (GS) in the Armed Forces Staff (military intelligence)
1981 - 1983 Assistant Chief of Staff, G 3, Operations, Home Defence Brigade 55 in Böblingen
1983 - 1986 Senior officer, G 3, Operations, at NATO Headquarters Central Europe in Brunssum, Netherlands
1986 - 1988 Commanding Officer Armoured Battalion 553 in Stetten am Kalten Markt.
1988 - 1990 Chief of Staff, 4th Mechanized Infantry Division in Regensburg
1990 - 1992 Senior officer responsible for arms control at NATO Headquarters in Brussels
1992 - 1994 Director Army Doctrine at the Bundeswehr Command and Staff College in Hamburg
1994 - 1997 Commanding Officer Armoured Brigade 39 “Thüringen” in Erfurt
1997 - 1999 ACOS “Force-Planning” Armed Forces Staff, Federal Ministry of Defence, Bonn/Berlin
1999 - 2000 ACOS “Politico-Military Affairs”, Armed Forces Staff, Ministry of Defence, Bonn/Berlin
2000 - 2002 Chief Policy Planning and advisory staff, Ministry of Defence, Berlin
2002 - Chief of the Defence Staff

Promotions:

1 October 1968 Second Lieutenant
1 April 1971 First Lieutenant
1 April 1974 Captain
1 October 1979 Major
27 October 1982 Lieutenant Colonel
1 October 1989 Colonel
1 October 1996 Brigadier General
1 April 1999 Major General
1 July 2000 Lieutenant General
1 July 2002 General

 

Medals and Decorations

Gold Cross of Honour of the Bundeswehr

Family

General Schneiderhan is married to Elke Schneiderhan, née Speckhardt; he has three sons and two daughters.

Private interests

  • Contemporary history
  • Music