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Former Chairman of the Military Committee

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General Klaus Naumann


Elected as the Chairman of the North Atlantic Military Committee by the Chiefs of Defence of NATO at their December 1994 meeting, General Naumann assumed the appointment on 14 February 1996.

General Klaus Naumann was born in Munich, 25 May 1939 and joined the Bundeswehr after his secondary school graduation in 1958. Commissioned a second lieutenant in the Artillery his further military education includes attendance in 13th Army General Staff Officer Training Course at the Federal Armed Forces Command and Staff College in Hamburg, and the 1983 course at the Royal College of Defence Studies, London.

During his years as a junior officer, he served in different positions such as a Fire-Control Officer, Personnel Officer and S-3 of an Armd Art Demo Bn. He has held a variety of command and operational positions. He was a Battery Commander in Armd Bn 135 in Wetzlar, a Brigade Operations Officer, Battalion Commander Armd Art Bn 55 in Homberg and Brigade Commander of Mech Inf Bde 30 in Ellwangen.

In Bonn, he had two Assistant Branch Chiefs tours, and an assignment as Executive Officer to the Vice Chief of Staff, Federal Armed Forces at MOD. He also served on the staff of the German Military Representative to the NATO Military Committee in Brussels, where he was Chief of the Military Policy, Nuclear Strategy and Arms Control Section.

Promoted to Brigadier General on 1 April 1986, he became Deputy Chief of Staff (Planning), followed by a two star assignment as Deputy Chief of Staff (Politico-military affairs and operations) both at Armed Forces Staff, MOD Bonn.

Thereafter, General Naumann was Commanding General of I Corps in Münster from where he was moved to the position of Chief of Staff, Federal Armed Forces, on 1 October 1991. He was promoted to Four Star General on that very day and held that position until 14 February 1996.

Among his many publications, he is the author of the book "Die Bundeswehr in einer Welt im Umbruch (The Bundeswehr in a world of transition)".

Military awards and decorations, which General Naumann has received include among others

  • Commander's Cross of the Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany,
  • Gold Cross of Honour of the Federal Armed Forces,
  • Grand Officier de la Légion d'Honneur (France),
  • Gran Cruz de la Orden del Mérito Militar con Distintivo Blanco (Spain),
  • Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (mil) (United Kingdom),
  • Grootofficier in de Kroonorde (Belgium),
  • Commander's Cross of the Legion of Merit (USA),
  • Grand Cross 2nd Class of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Austria,
  • Kommandor m/Stjerne av den Kongelige Norske Fortjenstorden (Norway),
  • Defence Medal, 1st class (Hungary),
  • Grand officier de l'Ordre de Leopold (mil) (Belgium).
  • Grootofficier in de orde van Oranje-Nassau (Netherlands)
  • Commander's Grand Cross of the order of the Lion of Finnland

General Naumann is married to Barbara (née) Linke. They have a daughter and a son. His interests include politics and contemporary history, history of art with emphasis on Mediterranean antiquity, central American Cultures, photography, squash and windsurfing.

He is a passionate golfer.

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