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Army Command
Army Command insignia
Active 1994-Present
Country Germany
Branch German Army
Type Formation
Size 400 (HQ), approximately 83,500 (including services)
Part of German Army Staff
Garrison/HQ Falckenstein Barracks, Koblenz
Lt. Gen. Carl-Hubertus von Butler

Army Command (German language: Heeresführungskommando) in Falckenstein Barracks in Koblenz is one of the two leadership pillars of the German Army, together with the German Army Office.

Since 1994, Army Command, as the supreme command authority, has directed the majority of military units within the Army. However, army troops on operations abroad are commanded by the Bundeswehr Operations Command of the Bundeswehr based at Potsdam. Currently Army Command has about 83,500 soldiers in its subordinate organisations. Army Command is led by Lt. Gen. Carl-Hubertus von Butler and reports to the German General Staff.

Badge[edit | edit source]

The Army Command Badge is similar to the badge of the former Corps, although it lacks the Roman numeral. It portrays the symbol of German sovereignty, the federal eagle. Its colour scheme is based on that of the German Federation: black, red and gold. The badge is worn by military personnel on the staff of the Command on the left sleeve of their service dress. The braided black and gold piping represents its status above the Army's divisions, which have silver instead of gold braid.

Tasks[edit | edit source]

The primary functions of the Command are:

  • Full military command of all subordinate formations and staffs
  • Allocation of troops to operations and training
  • Planning and managing the training and exercise activity of the Army
  • In exceptional cases, command of smaller operations (normally the task of the Bundeswehr Operations Command)

History[edit | edit source]

Until the 1990s, the German Army was led on operations by NATO. The change in the security situation in Europe resulting from the dissolution of the Soviet Union required a national German command to be formed.

Following the disbandment of III Corps, Army Command was formed in the same location in Koblenz on 31 March 1994 from elements of the former corps staff and placed under command of Lieutenant General Klaus Reinhardt. From 2001, with the Army's division reporting directly to Army Command, the corps level of command was dropped. In 2002, the Bundeswehr Operations Command in Potsdam was established and, from then on, German troops on international operations are commanded from there. Before that, Army Command led a number of operations, beginning in 1995, such as IFOR, SFOR, AFOR and Kosovo Force (KFOR) in the Balkans and the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan.

Commanders[edit | edit source]

Army Command is led by a lieutenant general. The general in charge of Army Command since 16 March 2009 has been Lieutenant General Carl-Hubertus von Butler. He succeeded Lieutenant General Wolfgang Otto. Reporting to the commander are his deputy (a major general) and his chief of staff (a brigadier general). The staff of Army Command currently consist of some 400 soldiers and 50 civilians. The fourth post at general level in the time of Drew and Korte was the post of the General of National and Territorial Tasks (GNTA).

Staff Organisation[edit | edit source]

  • G1: personnel and administration
  • G2: Army intelligence, arms control, meteorology and geo
  • G3: command, planning, operational readiness, training and exercise planning
  • G4: logistics / materiel / maintenance
  • G5: civil-military cooperation (CIMIC)
  • G6: communications / IT / command support
  • Surgeon-General: head of Army medical services, planning and advice on medical support
  • PIZ: The Press and Information Centre; informing the public and organizing military bands
  • Troops Psychology: advice to the commander on psychological issues
  • Legal advice: legal advice to the commander
  • Controlling/centralised tasks: monitoring expenditure and the budget, optimization

Army Command also has links to the US Army Command (JHC Heidelberg), the French Army, the Dutch Army, the British Army, as well as the Luftwaffe, and German Navy.

Forces under Command[edit | edit source]

German Army Command is located in Germany
1st Armd Div (Hannover)
10th Armd Div (Sigmaringen)
13th Mech Div (Leipzig)
SpecOps Div (Regensburg)
Airmobile Div (Veitshöchheim)
Fr-Ge Brig (Müllheim)
German Army - major formation locations

From 2010, Army Command has the following formations under command as part of "Army 2010" (Heer 2010) or the New Army" (Neues Heer):

In addition the following central depots also answer to the Army Command:

  • LZLgr Gerät Herongen.jpg Herongen Army Central Depot
  • LZLgr Gerät Pirmasens.jpg Pirmasens Army Central Depot
  • ZMobStp Brück-Neuseddin.jpg Central Mobilisation Base at Brück
Multinational formations

Army Command also provides forces for EU Battlegroups, for the NATO Response Force and for the United Nations when asked. In addition to the Franco-German Brigade, Army Command provides permanent German elements on the staffs and supporting units as well as other troops for:

Structure of German Army Command

Further reading[edit | edit source]

  • Klaus Reinhardt, 'The German Army Forces Command: Taking Stock after Two and a Half Years,' Military Technology, Special Issue 1997

Coordinates: 50°22′20″N 7°35′00″E / 50.37222°N 7.5833333°E / 50.37222; 7.5833333

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