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Major General Walter Jertz

Major General Walter Jertz of the German Air Force (Luftwaffe) joined the GEAF in 1965. He was born on May 31st 1945 in Mainz, Germany. He has over 3400 flying hours, massed mainly on the F 104 and the Tornado. Most recently he was Commander of the German 1 Air Division. In the past five years he has also been Contingent Commander of the Air Element of the NATO IFOR operation in the former Yugoslavia and Contingent Commander at AIRSOUTH, the NATO headquarters which is directing the current air campaign.

He is the author of the book: "Tornados over Bosnia"

His assignements include:

1965 Joined the German Air Force (Luftwaffe) as Airman Officer Candidate
1965-1966 Air Force Officer Training
1966-1969 Pilot Training (Prop/Jet) Germany/United States
1969-1973 Combat Ready Pilot F-104G at Fighter Bomber Wing 31 "Boelcke", Nrvenich
1973-1975 Staff Officer Operations Flying Group, Fighter Bomber Wing 31 "B", Nrvenich
1975-1976 Staff Officer Operations, 2nd Flying Squadron, Fighter Bomber Wing 31 "B", Nrvenich
1976-1978 Command and General Staff Officer Course at the Federal Armed Forces Command and Staff College in Hamburg (Fhrungsakademie der Bundeswehr)
1978-1980 Squadron Commander 1st Flying Squadron, Fighter Bomber Wing 31 "B" (F-104G), Nrvenich
1980-1982 Branch Chief "Operations", 3rd GE Air Division (A3b), Kalkar
1982-1985 Commander Flying Group, Fighter Bomber Wing 31 "B" (F-104G), Nrvenich
1983 Conversion Training MRCA/TORNADO
1985-1987 Branch Chief, Strike Operations, HQ 4th Allied Tactical Force, Heidelberg
1987-1990 Commander Fighter Bomber Wing 32, Lechfeld
1990-1992 Branch Chief, Air Attack/Air Transport Operations, Federal Ministry of Defence, Air Staff, Bonn
1992-1994 Branch Chief, Air Operations and Command Policies, Federal Ministry of Defence, Air Staff, Bonn
1994-1996 Chief of Staff, TAC South
July 95 - Dec 95 Contingent Commander AIRSOUTH
Dec 95 - Jan 96 Contingent Commander IFOR (AIR)
1996 - Commander 1st Air Division

Major General Jertz and his wife have one son and one daughter.

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