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Deputy Supreme Allied Command Europe (DSACEUR)

General Dieter Stöckmann

2001 -

General Stöckmann was born on 29 July 1941 in Stolp (Pomerania). He moved to Jever (German Friesland) in 1945 where he attended high school, specializing in mathematics and science.

After graduation from high school in 1961, he joined the Bundeswehr, in 1961, as an officer cadet with the 41st Mechanised Infantry Battalion in Göttingen. On completion of officer training he received his commission and served from 1963 to 1972 as a platoon commander, S1 and S3 officer and company commander in a mechanised infantry battalion.

General Stöckmann attended the 15th General Staff Training Course at the Bundeswehr Staff College in Hamburg from 1972 - 1974. After successfully completing the course, he was posted to the General Army Office where he was in charge of planning for officer and NCO training. Between 1976 and 1978 he attended the General Staff training course at the Dutch Military Academy in The Hague.

After a two-year posting as G3 with the 1st Mechanised Infantry Brigade in Hildesheim (1978-1980),he assumed command of the 53rd Mechanised Infantry Battalion in Fitzlar. General Stöckmann was appointed Aide de Camp to the Chief of Staff of the German Army in 1982 and to the Chief of Staff of the Federal Armed Forces in 1984.

General Stöckmann served as Commander of the 15th Armoured Brigade in Koblenz from 1986 to 1989. This was followed by a staff appointment as Head of the Personnel, Training and Leadership Development Department at Army Headquarters in Bonn. From 1991 to 1993, General Stöckmann commanded the 5th Armoured Division in Diez on the Lahn. Upon promotion to Lieutenant General in 1993, he was appointed Chief of Staff and Deputy Commander at the Headquarters of the Allied Land Forces Central Europe in Heidelberg.

In 1996, General Stöckmann became Commander in Chief Allied Forces Central Europe, concurrent with his promotion to the rank of General.

General Stöckmann assumed the appointment of Chief of Staff, SHAPE, on 1 April 1998. On 17 September 2001 he will assume the duties of Deputy Supreme Allied Command Europe.

He and his wife Gabriele have a son and two daughters.

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