Beck was spokesman on defense policy for the fraction of the Christian Democrats and chairman of the curators of the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung.
Beck holds the rank of Colonel (retired) in the Army Reserves of the Bundeswehr. He has been president of the Verband der Reservisten der Deutschen Bundeswehr (German Reservist's Association) from 2003 until 2009.
Awards and decorations
- Officer of the National Order of Merit (France)
- Knight of the Ordre des Palmes Académiques (France)
- Companion of the National Order of Merit (Malta)
- Bundeswehr Cross of Honour in Gold
- Staufer Medal of Baden-Württemberg
- Golden Badge of Honour of the Association of the German Armed Forces Reservists
- Command Medal of the Second Corps of the Bundeswehr
- 2013: Merit Cross on Ribbon (Verdienstkreuz am Bande)
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