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Chief of the General Staff of the Bundesheer
Chef des Generalstabes des Bundesheeres
Incumbent
Robert Brieger

since 24 July 2018
General staff of the Bundesheer
Ministry of Defense
Style Mr. Chief of the General Staff
(formal)
Status Head of a general staff
Member of General staff
Reports to Minister of Defense
Seat Rossauer Barracks, Innere Stadt, Vienna
Precursor Chief of the Austro-Hungarian General Staff
First holder Rudolf Vidossich
as Army Inspector of the Bundesheer (1922)

The Chief of the General Staff is the head of the General Staff of the Bundesheer (which is the professional leadership of the Austrian Armed Forces).

List of chiefs of the general staff[]

Army Inspectors (1922–1937)[]

Army Inspector Took office Left office Time in office
1
Rudolf Vidossich
Vidossich, RudolfOberstbrigadier Rudolf Vidossich192219230–1 years
2
Theodor Körner
Körner, TheodorMajor General Theodor Körner
(1873–1957)
[lower-alpha 1]
192319240–1 years
3
Josef Schneider
Schneider, JosefMajor General Josef Schneider1924December 19240 years
4
Thomas Buzek
Buzek, ThomasGeneral Thomas BuzekJanuary 192519260–1 years
5
Richard Schilhawsky
Schilhawsky, RichardGeneral Richard Schilhawsky
(1879–1960)
192619292–3 years
6
de (Ludwig von Eimannsberger)
Schilhawsky, RichardGeneral de (Ludwig von Eimannsberger)
(1878–1945)
192919300–1 years
7
Siegmund Knaus
Knaus, SiegmundGeneral of the Infantry Siegmund Knaus
(1879–1971)
193019321–2 years
8
Sigismund Schilhawsky
Schilhawsky, SigismundGeneral of the Infantry Sigismund Schilhawsky193219374–5 years

General Inspector of Troops (1937–1938)[]

General Inspector of Troops Took office Left office Time in office
1
Sigismund Ritter Schilhawsky von Bahnbrück
Bahnbrück, SigismundGeneral of the Infantry Sigismund Ritter Schilhawsky von Bahnbrück
(1881–1957)
193712 March 19380–1 years

Chiefs of the General Staff (1936–1938)[]

General Inspector of Troops Took office Left office Time in office
1
Alfred Jansa
Jansa, AlfredLieutenant field marshal Alfred Jansa
(1884–1963)
[lower-alpha 2]
193612 February 19381–2 years
2
Franz Böhme
Böhme, FranzMajor General Franz Böhme
(1885–1947)
[lower-alpha 3]
12 February 193812 March 193828 days

General Inspectors of Troops (1956–2002)[]

General Inspectors of Troops Took office Left office Time in office
1
de (Erwin Fussenegger)
Fussenegger, ErwinGeneral de (Erwin Fussenegger)
(1908–1986)
31 August 195616 December 197014 years, 107 days
2
de (Otto Seitz (general))
Seitz, OttoGeneral of the Infantry de (Otto Seitz (general))
(1911–1974)
1 January 197130 November 1971349 days
3
de (Anton Leeb)
Leeb, AntonGeneral of the Infantry de (Anton Leeb)
(1913–2008)
30 November 197131 December 19776 years, 31 days
4
de (Hubert Wingelbauer)
Wingelbauer, HubertGeneral of the Infantry de (Hubert Wingelbauer)
(1915–1987)
1 January 197831 December 19803 years, 0 days
5
de (Heinz Scharff)
Scharff, HeinzGeneral de (Heinz Scharff)
(1920–2014)
1 January 198131 December 19866 years, 0 days
6
Othmar Tauschitz
Tauschitz, OthmarGeneral Othmar Tauschitz1 January 19871 October 19904 years, 273 days
7
de (Karl Majcen)
Majcen, KarlGeneral de (Karl Majcen)
(born 1934)
1 October 199020 December 19999 years, 80 days
8
de (Horst Pleiner)
Pleiner, HorstGeneral de (Horst Pleiner)
(born 1941)
1 January 20001 December 20022 years, 334 days

Chiefs of the General Staff (2002–present)[]

Chief of the General Staff Took office Left office Time in office Ref
1
de (Roland Ertl)
Ertl, RolandGeneral de (Roland Ertl)
(born 1945)
1 December 200230 November 20074 years, 364 days
2
de (Edmund Entacher)
Entacher, EdmundGeneral de (Edmund Entacher)
(born 1949)
30 November 200724 January 20113 years, 55 days
-
de (Othmar Commenda)
Commenda, OthmarLieutenant General de (Othmar Commenda) (Acting)
(born 1954)
24 January 20117 November 2011287 days
(2)
de (Edmund Entacher)
Entacher, EdmundGeneral de (Edmund Entacher)
(born 1949)
7 November 201123 March 20131 year, 136 days[1]
3
de (Othmar Commenda)
Commenda, OthmarGeneral de (Othmar Commenda)
(born 1954)
22 May 201324 July 20185 years, 63 days
4
Robert Brieger
Brieger, RobertMajor general Robert Brieger
(born 1955)
24 July 2018Incumbent3 years, 46 days[2]

See also[]

Notes[]

  1. Later served as the President of Austria from 1951 to 1957.
  2. Dismissed according to paragraph 8 of the Berchtesgaden agreement of 12 February 1938.
  3. Appointed according to paragraph 8 of the Berchtesgaden agreement of 12 February 1938.

References[]


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