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Günter Voigt
Born 2 January 1933(1933-01-02) (age 86)
Place of birth Kleintrebnitz, Germany
Allegiance
Service/branch

Flag of NVA (East Germany) NPA

Emblem of aircraft of NVA (East Germany) NPA Air Force
Years of service 1950–1990
Rank Major general
Awards

Patriotic Order of Merit GDR ribbon bar silver GDR Combat-Order for Merit for the Nation and Fatherland - Silver BAR
GDR Combat-Order for Merit for the Nation and Fatherland - Bronze BAR GDR Meritorious Member of National People's Army BAR GDR Verdienstmedaille NVA 1 BAR GDR Verdienstmedaille NVA 2 BAR
GDR Verdienstmedaille NVA 3 BAR CombatCooperationRibbon GDR Brotherhood in Arms Medal - Silver BAR GDR Ehrenmedaille 30 Jahre National Volksarmee BAR
File:GDR Med-Faithful-Serv-NPA bar-20y.pdf File:GDR Med-Faithfol-Serv-NPA bar-15y.pdf File:GDR Med-Faithfol-Serv-NPA bar-10y.pdf File:GDR Med-Faithfol-Serv-NPA bar-5y.pdf
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Günter Voigt (born January 2, 1933), is a military scientist, a retired major general, and his last assignment was to "Deputy Commander in Chief and Chief of Staff" of the National People's Army Air Force in the former German Democratic Republic.[1]

Military careerEdit

After the vocational training, in 1950 Voigt joined the Volkspolizei, German language:People’s Police as a volunteer. There he became a professional soldier and applied for attendance at the People’s Police Officer’s School in Pirna at Sonnenstein Castle. In 1952 Kursant (officer-student) Voigt became a member of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany.

Education and first assignmentsEdit

As the best school-leaver of the year 1952 Voigt was promoted over the junior officer's rank, (Sub-lieutenant) of the Barracked People's Police - Air, and was appointed to platoon leader of the 1st Aero Club Cottbus (Code name: KVP-Site 600), the predecessor organization of the Verwaltung Luftstreitkräfte, later the Kommando LSK/LV of the National People's Army.

Due to his continung excellent performance he became in 1965 deputy chief of the Abteilung Communications and Air Traffic Control of the '’1st Aero Club Cottbus'’. Because he excelled at this staff position as well, he was delegated to high-school study to the Military Staff College of Air and Space Defence of the Soviet Union. Here he passed all examinations with excellence and graduated with a diploma in military science in 1961.

Promotions

Service as staff officerEdit

His permanent outstanding performance and the graduation with excellence recommended by his return to Germany the assignment as deputy chief (A-4) of the Division Communications and Air Traffic Control of the Kommando LSK/LV. From 1962 to 1963 Captain Voigt was Chief of the Communications Branch in that division. This tour of duty was followed by the assignment as Chief of the Division Communications and Air Traffic Control as successor of Colonel Wagner.

After this Voigt was assigned to the command and general staff officers course at the General Staff Academy (Russia) from 1973 to 1975. His successor as Chief of the Division Communications and Air Traffic Control was Lieutenant-colonel Erich Zettelmann.

After successful study and promotion to military scientist Dr.rer.mil. Colonel Voigt was assigned to Assistant Chief of Staff – Operations (A3) of the Kommando LSK/LV. As successor of Major-General Joachim Herbst he worked on that high level staff position until January 1990. Among numerous projects and special tasks in that period he was in charge developing the so-called Air Force Operations- and Tactical Training Center (German language: Opertiv-Taktisches Ausbildungszentrums der LSK/LV ). With effect of December 1, 1989 Voigt was replaced by Colonel Siegfried Wünsche.

Service as GeneralEdit

On October 7, 1977, at the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the GDR, Colonel Voigt was appointed to Major general (OF-6). His final flag–officer’s assignment was to Deputy Commander in Chief and Chief of Staff of the NPA Air Force.

Sequence of assignment to Deputy Commander in Chief and Chief of Staff
predecessor:
Major general Rolf Berger
(Feb. 1, 1986 – Nov. 30, 1989)
actual assignment
Major general Günter Voigt
(Dec. 1, 1989 – Sept. 30, 1990)
successor:
Colonel i.G. Siegfied Wuensche
(Oct. 1 - 2, 1990)

RetirementEdit

With the disbandment of the National People´s Army, major general Voigt retired effective October 2, 1990.

Orders and decorationsEdit

Among numerous orders and decorations major general Lothar Engelhardt was awarded with:

PrivatEdit

Gen.ret. Voigt is married with his wife Rosemarie, and since 1990 he has been working as independent author.

Sources, referencesEdit

  1. Die Generale und Admirale der NVA. Militärgeschichte der DDR Ein biographisches Handbuch, S.195. Hrsg. v. Militärgeschichtlichen Forschungsamt von Rüdiger Wenzke Klaus Froh
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  • Schönbohm, Jörg. Two Armies and One Fatherland. Peter and Elfi Johnson, translators. Berghahn Books, Providence, Rhode Island, 1996 (originally published in 1992 in Germany as Zwei Armeen und ein Vaterland)

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