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General Othmar Commenda - Chief of Defence Staff

Chief of Defence Staff General Othmar Commenda
General Othmar Commenda.
  • Position Held: Chief of Defence Staff (Austrian Armed Forces)
  • Date of birth: 29. 05. 1954
  • Place of birth: Wels (Upper Austria)
  • Marital status: Married, with 2 children

Military Career Highlights

  • July 2013: Chief of Defence Staff
  • 2008 - 2013: Deputy Chief of Defence Staff
  • 2004 - 2008: Director-General of the Austrian Armed Forces Reform 2010
  • 2003 - 2004: Director-General of the Austrian Armed Forces Reform Commission
  • 2001 - 2002: Chief of Cabinet of the Federal Minister of Defence
  • 2000 - 2001: Deputy Head of the Military Policy Division in the General Staff
  • 1996 - 2000: Course Director 15th Joint Command and General Staff Course
  • 1993 - 1995: Chief of Staff 3rd Mechanised Infantry Brigade
  • 1993: Senior Instructor Tactics at National Defence Academy
  • 1992: Bataillon Commander Army Reconnaissance Bataillon
  • 1988 - 1991: Senior Instructor Tactics at National Defence Academy
  • 1982 - 1985: Company Commander Tank Bataillon
  • 1979 - 1982: Platoon Leader Tank Platoon

Specialised Education and Courses

  • 2007: Strategic Leadership Course/Austria
  • 2000: Higher Command and Staff Course/German Armed Forces Command and Staff College/Germany
  • 1999: Operational Leadership Seminar ACLANT/Norfolk USA
  • 1999: Course for Computer Animated Exercises, NATO PfP/Netherlands
  • 1999: Cooperative Guard 99, NATO PfP/Czech Republic
  • 1995 - 1996: United States War College/Carlisle USA
  • 1986 - 1987: University of Economics/Vienna
  • 1985 - 1988: 11th Joint Command and General Staff Course/Vienna
  • 1976 - 1979: Officers' Training at Theresian Military Academy/Wiener Neustadt

Promotions, Distinctions and Hobbies

Promotions:

  • 2013: General
  • 2007: Lieutenant General
  • 2002: Major General
  • 2001: Brigadier General
  • 1994: Colonel (General Staff)

Distinctions:

  • Grand Decoration of Honour in Gold for Services to the Republic of Austria
  • Grand Decoration of Honour for Services to the Republic of Austria

Hobbies:

  • Sports
  • Reading
  • Model construction

Downloads

  •     Curriculum Vitae General Othmar Commenda (PDF)

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