German Air Force Regiment

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German Air Force Regiment "Friesland"
Objektschutzregiment der Luftwaffe "Friesland"
CoatArmsGerAFRegiment.jpg
Coat of arms of the Objektschutzregiment Lw
Active 1 July 2006–present
Country Federal Republic of Germany
Branch German Air Force
Type Infantry
Role Ground Defence/Low Level Air Defence
Size 3 Battalions
Garrison/HQ I. Bn - Schortens
II. Bn - Diepholz
III. Bn - Diepholz/Schortens
IV. Bn - Inactive
Regt HQ - Schortens
Motto Semper Communis
(Latin: Always together)
Engagements War in Afghanistan
ISAF
Commanders
Current
commander
Lieutenant Colonel (Oberstleutnant) Hans Peter Dorfmüller
Insignia
Beret badge BW Barettabzeichen Objektschutz der Luftwaffe.jpg

The German Air Force Regiment (German: Objektschutzregiment der Luftwaffe "Friesland") is a ground based branch of the German Air Force (Luftwaffe).

Organisation and current role[edit]

The purpose of the regiment is ground based defence of air force bases and installations, as well as capturing and securing enemy air installations. It is divided into four battalions (Objektschutzbataillone). Each battalion, except for an inactive one, consists of a number of Staffeln (squadrons), equivalent to an infantry company.

The two active battalions are structured based on the specialty of the unit.

  • I Bn specialises in infantry with four Squadrons.
  • II Bn specialises in logistics and engineering with an additional firefighting unit.
  • III Bn (Force Protection) is currently inactive and can be manned with reservists.

Structure[edit]

  • Objektschutzregiment der Luftwaffe
    • Staff
      • Training Sqn
      • Feldnachrichtenkräfte Luftwaffe (HUMINT)
    • I Bn Objektschutzregiment der Luftwaffe (Force Protection: Active)
      • HQ I/Objektschutzregiment
      • 1 Sqn (Force Protection)
      • 2 Sqn (Force Protection)
      • 3 Sqn (Force Protection)
      • 4 Sqn (Force Protection)
    • II Bn Objektschutzregiment der Luftwaffe (Force Protection: Active)
      • HQ II/Objektschutzregiment
      • 5 Sqn (Mission Logistics)
      • 6 Sqn (Combat Engineers)
      • 7 Sqn (Firefighting)
    • III Bn Objektschutzregiment der Luftwaffe (Force Protection: Inactive)
      • HQ III/Objektschutzregiment
      • 8 Sqn (Force Protection)
      • 9 Sqn (Force Protection)
      • 10 Sqn (Force Protection)

History[edit]

A soldier of the Air Force Regiment (right) together with an American airman during an exercise at Büchel Air Base in 2007.

Previously the German Air Force had an Objektschutz (Force Protection) force in each Fliegerhorstgruppe (Air Base group) to protect the air base, as well as an Objektschutzbataillon. However due to structural changes in the Bundeswehr, all previous forces have been united to one regiment, the Objektschutzregiment. Thus on July 1st 2006, the Objektschutzbataillone were dissolved and instead the new Objektschutzregiment "Friesland" was founded. The Objektschutzregiment "Friesland" then comprised all former battalions (3 active and 1 inactive).

In 2006 and 2007 the 3. Sqn was deployed to Mazari Sharif, Afghanistan, as part of the German ISAF contingent.[1]

Restructuring[edit]

Due to restructuring of the German armed forces, it was announced in October 2011 that the Kerpen barracks of II Battalion would be closed.[2]

The entire regiment was restructured on 1 April 2014. The NBC assetts were transferred to the Joint Support Service while Explosive Ordnance Disposal tasks were handed over to the army. The close-range air defence role was transferred to Flugabwehrraketengeschwader 1. A new squadron for mission logistics was set up in the II Battalion at Schortens. The combat engineers from Diepholz will be combined in a new Force Protection squadron in Schortens.[3]

History of the honorary name[edit]

Official History from the German Air Force: On April 26 1988 the Jagdbombergeschwader 38 (Fighter/bomber Wing 38) received the name extension "Friesland". Then time Minister of Defence Dr. Manfred Wörner gave the Squadron its name. In his speech, he said 'This name will show the connection and the good relationship between the Squadron and the public'. After the Jagdbombergeschwader 38 was decommissioned on 31 August 2005, it was Sven Ambrosy's, County Official for Friesland, wish that this tradition of cohesion be continued by the Objektschutzregiment der Luftwaffe.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Teddybären für afghanische Kriegskinder" (in German). Luftwaffe. 
  2. ^ "Zapfenstreich für Kerpen und Königswinter" [Final tattoo for Kerpen and Königswinter] (in German). Westdeutscher Rundfunk. 26 October 2011. Retrieved 15 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "Semper Communis – Immer gemeinsam" [Semper Communis – Always Together] (in German). Luftwaffe. 28 March 2014. Retrieved 15 June 2014. 

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