Major General Walter Huhn was born in Walsrode, Germany, on 14 May 1958. He joined the German Airforce in 1976 and, following officer training, studied Electrical Engineering at the Helmut-Schmidt-University in Hamburg and graduated in 1981. After training as a Tactical Radar Control Officer, he served from 1981 to 1989 in different positions in Tactical Air Control Battalion 34, Schleswig. From 1989 to 1991 he took part in the German Air Force General Staff Officers’ Course (34th). His following appointments include:
1991-1993, Commander of 121st Tactical Air Control Unit in Goch.
1993-1994, Staff Officer in the German Air Force Command in Cologne.
1994-1996, Staff Officer in EU/WEU affairs Armed Forces Staff, Federal Ministry of Defence.
1996-1999, Staff Officer for NATO Internal and External Adaptation, Policy Branch, SHAPE.
1999-2000, Secretariat of the Commission "Common Security and Future of the Bundeswehr”
2000-2001, Commander Tactical Air Control Battalion 24, Freising.
2001-2003, Branch Chief Long Term Conceptual Objectives and International Affairs, German Air Force Conceptual Development and Inspections Division.
2003-2006, First Counsellor and Military Adviser. Permanent Mission of the Federal Republic of Germany to the UN, New York, including Germany’s membership in the UN Security Council.
2006-2009, Head Crisis Management Branch (International Situation, Crises & Conflicts, Terrorism), Policy Planning and Advisory Staff, Federal Minister of Defence. In 2009 was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General and served as its Deputy Director until 2011.
2011-2014, Senior Military Adviser in the Crisis Management and Planning Directorate, European External Action Service, Brussels.
2014-2015, Senior Political Military Adviser, Permanent Representation of Germany to the EU.
Major General Huhn assumed his current position on 24 July 2015.
He was awarded the Bundeswehr Cross of Honour in Gold.
He is married to Elisabeth (neé) van Eycken. They have four daughters.
Sporting interests include skiing, snowboarding, cycling and long-distance running.
Current as of 27 July 2015