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- Kommando LSK/LV -
Regimental colours of NVA (East Germany).svg
Command flag of the Kommando LSK/LV
Active March 1, 1956
Disbanded 2 October 1990
Country  East Germany
Branch Air force
Size ca. 1.200 military people and 400 civilians
Barnim-Kaserne Strausberg
Website Kdo. LSK/LV
Emblem of aircraft of NVA (East Germany).svg

Military committee of the Air Force/Air Defence’s Command of the GDR National People’s Army in 1986.
1st r.l.t.r.: A.Vogel, W.Reinhold und R.Berger
2nd r.l.t.r.: M.Reifgerste, E.Ullmann, W.Lobner, H.Trautsch, K-J.Baarß, M.Merkel, E.Telle und H.Fritsch

Three commanding generals of the GDR National People’s Army Air Force/Air Defence.
(l.t.r.: W.Reinhold, H.Kessler, H.Scheibe)

The Kommando Luftstreitkräfte/Luftverteidigung (Kdo LSK/LV) was the Air Force Staff - and simultaneously the Air Force Command of the National People's Army (NPA) Air Force of the former German Democratic Republic.

The main task of the Kdo LSK/LV was to provide Command, Control and Communications (C3) to the military branch as the whole, as well as to the subordinated division-sized specified commands, groups, organizations, and units of the NVA's Air Force. Under deployment conditions, and in line with the situation awareness C3 had to be executed from the Main Air Force Operations Center, the so-called Zentraler Gefechtsstand 14 (ZGS-14) in Fürstenwalde, the Rear Operations Center (Rückwärtige Führungsstaffel - RFS) in Beeskow (Ranzig), or the Interim Operations Center (Hilfsführungsstelle - HFS) in Strausberg (Eggersdorf).

The Kdo LSK/LV was established in 1950, and was disbanded together with the NVA in 1990. Its legal successor was the 5. Luftwaffendivision of the Bundeswehr.

Command and organisation[edit | edit source]

Luftwaffe MiG-29UB

Commanding generals of the Kdo LSK/LV NVA[edit | edit source]


Military rank, name Period of service Remark
Colonel Heinz Keßler 1950–1952 after Volkspolizei Luft
Major general Heinz Keßler 1952−1955 after Verwaltung Aeroklubs
Major general Heinz-Bernhard Zorn 1956–1957 after Verwaltung der LSK
Colonel Gerhard Bauer 1956–1957 after Verwaltung der LV
Colonel general Heinz Keßler 1957–1967 Kommando LSK/LV
Lieutenant general Herbert Scheibe 1967–1972 Kommando LSK/LV
Colonel general Wolfgang Reinhold 1972–1989 Kommando LSK/LV
Lieutenant general Rolf Berger 1989–1990 Kommando LSK/LV

Organisation[edit | edit source]

The command was composed by the following establishment:

  • Deputy Minister and Commander-in-chief LSK/LV (3 star level) with the chief's office, flight planning and military advisor
  • Deputy of the Commander LSK/LV (DC LSK/LV) and Chief of the Political Division (2 star level) with
  • Three branches including Chief Party Control Commission (de: PKK), Central Party Leadership (de: ZPL), Spec-Propaganda, and Political Branch of the Kdo LSK/LV
  • DC LSK/LV and Chief of Staff (CS) (2 star level) with
  • Assistant Chief Of Staff (ACOS) and A3 (1 star level) with
    • Branch 1 (4 sections; section EW, Counter Measures (de: GTAG), 3 radio electronic control vehicles; section military topography)
    • Branch 2
    • Combat Operations Center (de: GFZ)
  • ACOS and Chief and Automation (de: GSA) (1 star level) with
    • Branch Operations Centres (de: GS]
    • Branch C2 Mechanisation and Automation, IT (de: MAT DV)
    • Operations Training and Education Center (de: OTAZ)
  • ACOS and Chief General Tasks with
    • Staff company, guard company and vehicle company
  • Chief A1 with PTA and WTA
  • Chief Organization/Replenishment with
    • Branch Organization
    • Branch Replenishment
    • Chief RECON
    • Chief General-Military Training and Schools (de: AMAS)
    • Chief A6 and ATCdisambiguation needed with
      • Branches 1, 2 and 8th section
    • Chief Mil Scientific (de: MiWi)
    • Chief Chemical Services (de: CD)
  • DC LSK/LV and Chief Military - and Transport Aviation (de. MTFK) (2 star level) with
    • Chief Aviation Procurement and Maintenance (de: FID) (1 star level)
    • Chief Front Aviation
    • Chief Transport Aviation
    • Chief Helicopter
    • Search and Rescue (SAR), senior air traffic controller, parachute service
  • DC LSK/LV and Chief Air Defence (2 star levele) with
    • Chief SAM Forces (de. FRT)
    • Chief Fighter Air Craft Aviation (de: JFK)
  • DC LSK/LV and Chief A4 (de. RD) (2 star level) with
    • AC and CS A4 (1 Star level)
    • Chief Medical Service
    • Chief Combat Engineer Service
    • Chief Military Architecture Accommodation (de: MBU)
    • Chief Military Transport (de: MTW)
    • Chief Closing and Equipment (de: BA)
  • Chief Tactical Air Command and Control Service (TACCS) (de. FuTT) (1 star level) with
Military prosecutor
Division 2000: - Here the branch A2 with responsibility to military branch also armed service LSK/LV

Subordination[edit | edit source]

A decisive number of division-sized specified commands, groups, organizations, units and military formations have been under direct control of the Kommando LSK/LV.[2]

Divisions and division-sized specified commands[edit | edit source]

Groups, organizations, units and military formations[edit | edit source]

  • Amt für Luftraumkoordinierung (ALK), Berlin
  • Flugplatz-Pionierbataillon 14 (FPiB-14) „Franz Dahlem“, Potsdam
  • Institut für Luftfahrtmedizin (IfLM), Königsbrück
  • Nachrichten- und Flugsicherungs-Werkstatt und Lager 14 (NFWL-14), Cottbus
  • Offiziershochschule für Militärflieger „Otto Lilientha, Bautzen
    • Fliegerausbildungsgeschwader 15 (FAG-15) „Heinz Kapelle“, Rothenburg/Oberlausitz
      • Fliegertechnisches Bataillon 15 (FTB-15), Rothenburg
      • Nachrichten- und Flugsicherungsbataillon 15 (NFB-15), Rothenburg
    • Fliegerausbildungsgeschwader 25 (FAG-25) „Leander Ratz“, Bautzen
      • Fliegertechnisches Bataillon 25 (FTB-25), Bautzen
      • Nachrichten- und Flugsicherungsbataillon 25 (NFB-25), Bautzen
    • Transportfliegerausbildungsstaffel 45 (TAS-45), Kamenz
      • Fliegertechnisches Bataillon 45 (FTB-45), Kamenz
    • Hubschrauberausbildungsgeschwader 35 (HAG-35) „Lambert Horn“, Brandenburg-Briest
      • Fliegertechnisches Bataillon 35 (FTB-35), Brandenburg-Briest
  • Pionierbataillon 24 (PiB-24) „Ludwig Renn“, Potsdam
  • Stabsmusikkorps der LSK/LV, Cottbus[3]
  • Verbindungsfliegerstaffel 14 (VS-14), Strausberg
    • Fliegertechnische Kompanie 14 (FTK-14), Strausberg

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Chefs der LSK/LV auf der Homepage des Militärarchivs; eingesehen am 6. Juni 2009
  2. Joachim Nawrocki: Bewaffnete Organe in der DDR : Nationale Volksarmee and andere militärische sowie paramilitärische Verbände. Aufbau, Bewaffnung, Aufgaben. Berichte aus dem Alltag. Holzapfel Verlag, Berlin 1979, ISBN 3-921226-07-4.
  3. Oberstleutnant a.D. Musikdirektor Werner Kunath: Zur Geschichte der Militärmusik in der NVA. In: Informationsheft Nr. 20 der Arbeitsgruppe Geschichte der NVA und Integration ehemaliger NVA-Angehöriger in Gesellschaft und Bundeswehr im Landesvorstand Ost des DBwV vom November 2007 (PDF, 148KB)

Coordinates: 52°31′37.8″N 13°49′53″E / 52.527167°N 13.83139°E / 52.527167; 13.83139

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