Airmobile Operations Division (Germany)

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Airmobile Operations Division
Division Luftbewegliche Operationen
DLO.svg
Airmobile Operations Division Shoulder Insignia
Active In current form: July 2002–present
Country Germany
Branch Army
Type Division
Role Air assault, providing specialized forces
Size About 14,600 soldiers
Part of German Army
Garrison/HQ Veitshöchheim
Motto Forwards!
Nach vorn!
Anniversaries July 1
Engagements

Kosovo war
War in Afghanistan

Commanders
Current
commander
Major General Benedikt Zimmer
Notable
commanders
Lieutenant General Hans-Otto Budde, former commander of the German Army

Airmobile Operations Division (Division Luftbewegliche Operationen) is a division of the German Army. The division was founded on 1 July 2002 and reported for duty 8 October 2002.[1] Airmobile Operations Division consists of approximately 14,500 soldiers, 350 of which are stationed at the divisionary headquarters in Veitshöchheim, Germany.[2]

In October 2011 the German Federal Ministry of Defence announced a reorganisation/reduction of the German Armed Forces. As a consequence, Airmobile Operations Division will be dissolved and those units not being disbanded will be either transferred to other parts of the armed forces or incorporated into a different command structure.[3] The division itself will disband in 2014[4] and will be integrated into the 10th Armoured Division which will relocate from Sigmaringen to Veitshöchheim.[5]

Tasks[edit]

The tasks of the division are unique within the modern German military in that it is able to provide air mobility as well as ground based fire support, aerial defence and counter chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear assets to all parts of the German military. With an additional infantry component, it is also capable of limited air assault operations. The division's command is prepared to fulfil a role as Framework Headquarters for NATO and EU operations. Troops of Airmobile Operations Division also render assistance to civilian authorities during disaster relief operations.[6]

Coat of arms and motto[edit]

The coat of arms of Airmobile Operations Division depicts a flying black eagle, with its wings turned upright, holding a sword in its claws on a argent. Below the eagle a red arrow is shown. The argent symbolises dedication and the eagle strength, courage and bravery. The eagle's upturned wings, somewhat unusual in heraldry, represent the lunging out for new power. The sword stands for strike capability and penetration depth. The red arrow illustrates the third dimension, the depth of space and the dynamics of the division. The framing silver cord shows the status as a division. The maroon coloured seam corresponds with the traditional beret colour of the Army Aviation Corps and airborne forces.

The division's motto is the same as the German Army Aviation Corps': Nach vorn! which translates as either "Forward!" or "To the front!".

Deployment[edit]

Since its inception units of Airmobile Operations Division have been deployed in a number of missions under the aegis of either the United Nations, the European Union or NATO.

Structure[edit]

Airmobile Operations Division's staff is based at Veitshöchheim. The division incorporates units from various branches of the German Army. These units are stationed all over Southern and Central and parts of Germany.

The following units are or were directly subordinate to Airmobile Operations Division:

Name of unit Based at Insignia Note
Army Band 12 Veitshöchheim
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To be incorporated into Joint Band of the German Armed Forces
Signals Battalion Airmobile Operations Division Veitshöchheim
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To be disbanded
Light Transport Helicopter Regiment 30 Niederstetten
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To be incorporated into the future Rapid Forces Division
Medium Transport Helicopter Regiment 15 "Münsterland" Rheine
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Disbanded on 7 March 2013; helicopters transferred to the German Air Force's Helicopter Wing 64[7]
Medium Transport Helicopter Regiment 25 "Oberschwaben" Laupheim
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Disbanded on 5 March 2013; re-established as the German Air Force's Helicopter Wing 64[8]
Artillery Demonstration Regiment 345 Kusel
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To be relocated to Idar-Oberstein and incorporated into 10th Armoured Division[9]
CBRN Defence Regiment 750 "Baden" Bruchsal
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To be restructured into a battalion and to become part of Joint Support Service
Light CBRN Defence Company 120 Sonthofen
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To be disbanded
Security Battalion 12 Hardheim
SichBtl 12.jpg
To be disbanded
Army Combat Support Brigade Bruchsal
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Disbanded on 31 December 2012
Airmobile Brigade 1 Fritzlar
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To be disbanded

The following units are or were subordinate to Airmobile Brigade 1:

Name of unit Based at Insignia Note
Staff Company Fritzlar
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To be disbanded
Air Assault Infantry Regiment 1 Schwarzenborn
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Transferred to 21st Armoured Brigade;[10] to be disbanded and reformed as Light Infantry Battalion 1
Light Transport Helicopter Regiment 10 "Lüneburger Heide" Faßberg
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To be incorporated into the future Rapid Forces Division
Attack Helicopter Regiment 26 "Franken" Roth
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To be disbanded
Attack Helicopter Regiment 36 "Kurhessen" Fritzlar
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To be incorporated into the future Rapid Forces Division

Commanders[edit]

Nr Name Begin End
4 Brigadier General Benedikt Zimmer 20 December 2012 ---
3 Major General Erhard Drews 12 February 2009 20 December 2012
2 Major General Carl-Hubertus von Butler 25 August 2005 12 February 2009
1 Major General Dieter Budde 2002 25 August 2005

Equipment[edit]

Armoured Vehicles[edit]

Helicopters[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Division Luftbewegliche Operationen - Geschichte". Federal Ministry of Defence. 7 Augustus 2012. Retrieved 17 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "Division Luftbewegliche Operationen - Darstellung der eigenen Dienststelle". Federal Ministry of Defence. 7 Augustus 2012. Retrieved 17 February 2013. 
  3. ^ Quoted from Bundesministerium der Verteidigung (26 October 2011), Neues Stationierungskonzept der Bundeswehr (in German), retrieved 5 November 2011 , PDF-file "Die Stationierung der Bundeswehr in Deutschland", p. 62
  4. ^ Beinhofer, Paul (20 December 2012). "Grußwortes des Herrn Regierungspräsidenten Dr. Paul Beinhofer anlässlich der Kommandoübergabe bei der Division Luftbewegliche Operationen in Veitshöchheim von Herrn Generalmajor Erhard Drews auf Herrn Brigadegeneral Benedikt Zimmer am 20.12.2012" (pdf). Regierungsbezirk Unterfranken. Retrieved 17 February 2013. 
  5. ^ "Division Luftbewegliche Operationen - Auftrag =". Federal Ministry of Defence. 7 August 2012. Retrieved 17 February 2013. 
  6. ^ "Division Luftbewegliche Operationen - Kommandoübergabe bei der Division Luftbewegliche Operationen". Federal Ministry of Defence. 10 January 2012. Retrieved 17 February 2013. 
  7. ^ Schnief, Matthias (6 March 2013), "Bundeswehr: Der letzte Akt für die "15er"", Münsterländische Zeitung (in German), retrieved 11 April 2013 
  8. ^ Ray, Roland (5 March 2013), "Der General rollt die Fahne ein", Schwäbische Zeitung (in German), retrieved 6 March 2013 
  9. ^ "Kusel - Vor dem 1. Juli passiert mal noch nichts", Die Rheinpfalz (in German), 27 February 2013, retrieved 23 April 2013 
  10. ^ "Ein Schritt in Richtung Zielstruktur - 1.500 neue Soldatinnen und Soldaten für die Panzerbrigade 21 „Lipperland“" (in German). Federal Ministry of Defence. 19 December 2012. Retrieved 16 June 2013. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Garben, Fritz (2005), Deutsche Heeresflieger: nationale und internationale Rettungs-, Hilfs- und UN-Einsätze, Lemwerder: Stedinger-Verlag, ISBN 3-927697-41-9 
  • Garben, Fritz (2006), Fünf Jahrzehnte Heeresflieger: Typen, Taktik und Geschichte, Lemwerder: Stedinger-Verlag, ISBN 3-927697-45-1 
  • Hubatschek, Gerhard (2003), Das Heer im Einsatz, Frankfurt am Main: Report-Verlag, ISBN 3-932385-12-8 
  • Hubatschek, Gerhard (2006), 50 Jahre Heer. Der Soldat und seine Ausrüstung, Sulbach: Report-Verlag, ISBN 3-932385-21-7 
  • Schulz, Lothar (2003), Die Zukunft hat begonnen. Neues Heeresamt und Logistikzentrum Heer, Bonn: Report-Verlag 

See also[edit]

Coordinates: 49°49′38.92″N 9°54′06.15″E / 49.8274778°N 9.9017083°E / 49.8274778; 9.9017083