Chief of Staff (COS)

General Werner Freers, Dipl.-Päd., M.A., M.Sc.
Born on 19 July 1954 in Hämelerwald/Lower Saxonia;

Married and has 3 children
He holds a diploma in education (Dipl.-Päd/M.Sc.) from the University of the Bundeswehr, Hamburg; a Magister Artium (M.A.)  History from the University of Hannover and a M.Sc. from National War College/National Defence University, Washington, D.C.
1973: Joined the Bundeswehr / Army Aviation Corps and passed the Officers‘ Course at the Army Aviation School in Bückeburg
1974: University of the Bundeswehr, Hamburg1978: Helicopter pilot training at the Army Aviation School in Bückeburg
1979: Helicopter Pilot Army Aviation Squadron 101 in Rheine1980: S3 Officer in the Army Aviation Command 1 in Münster

1982: Operations-Officer in the Army Aviation Sqadron 11 in Rotenburg/Wümme1983: Squadron Leader in Army Aviation Regiment 35 in Mendig
1985: General Staff Officers Course at the Bundeswehr Command and Staff College in Hamburg
1987: G2 Operations-Officer in HQ II. (GE/US) Corps in Ulm
1989: Course participant at the US Army Command and General Staff College, Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, USA
1990: Desk Officer in the MOD Armed Forces Staff III 2 in Bonn
1992: Desk Officer in the MOD Planning Staff in Bonn
1994: Commander Aviation Technical Battalion 252 in Laupheim
1996: UNSCOM Operation Bagdad (Commander German Forces Contingent)
1997: Chief of Staff of the 14. Mechanized Infantry Division in Neubrandenburg(Promotion to Colonel)
1998: Branch Chief MOD Armed Forces Staff III 6 in Bonn (as of 8/99 in Berlin)
2000: Studies in National Security Strategy at National War College/National Defence University, Washington D.C., USA
2001: Division Chief I, Army Office, Köln2002: ISAF Operation Kabul, Commander Land Operations
2002: Commander Air Mechanised Brigade 1, Fritzlar
2002/03: ISAF Operation Kabul, Commander Kabul Multinational Brigade
2003: Assistant Chief MOD Army Forces Staff III in Bonn
2005: Assistant Chief MOD Armed Forces Staff VI (Planning) in Bonn
2007: Chief of Staff German Army Staff, Federal Ministry of Defence, Bonn
2010: Chief of Staff, German Army

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