Chief of the General Staff (Austria)

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Chief of the General Staff of the Bundesheer
Chef des Generalstabes des Bundesheeres
Gala-Nacht des Sports 2013 Wien red carpet Othmar Commenda.jpg
Incumbent
Othmar Commenda

since May 2013
General staff of the Bundesheer
Austrian Armed Forces
Style Herr Generalstabschef
(within the armed forces)
Status Chief of general staff of the armed forces
Member of General staff
Reports to Minister of Defense (administrative and in the chain of command)
Residence Rossauer Barracks
Seat Vienna
Precursor Chief of the Austro-Hungarian General Staff
First holder Rudolf Vidossich
as Army Inspector of the Bundesheer (1922)

The Chief of the General Staff or General Inspector of the Bundesheer has been the head of the Austrian Armed Forces throughout the modern era.

List of chiefs of the general staff[edit]

Army Inspectors (1922–1937)[edit]

Army Inspector Took office Left office Time in office
1
Rudolf Vidossich
Vidossich, RudolfOberstbrigadier
Rudolf Vidossich
1922 1923 0–1 years
2
Theodor Körner
Körner, TheodorMajor General
Theodor Körner
(1873–1957)
[a]
1923 1924 0–1 years
3
Josef Schneider
Schneider, JosefMajor General
Josef Schneider
1924 December 1924 0 years
4
Thomas Buzek
Buzek, ThomasGeneral
Thomas Buzek
January 1925 1926 0–1 years
5
Richard Schilhawsky
Schilhawsky, RichardGeneral
Richard Schilhawsky
(1879–1960)
1926 1929 2–3 years
6
Ludwig von Eimannsberger (de)
Schilhawsky, RichardGeneral
Ludwig von Eimannsberger (de)
(1878–1945)
1929 1930 0–1 years
7
Siegmund Knaus
Knaus, SiegmundGeneral of the Infantry
Siegmund Knaus
(1879–1971)
1930 1932 1–2 years
8
Sigismund Schilhawsky
Schilhawsky, SigismundGeneral of the Infantry
Sigismund Schilhawsky
1932 1937 4–5 years

General Inspector of Troops (1937–1938)[edit]

General Inspector of Troops Took office Left office Time in office
1
Sigismund Schilhawsky
Schilhawsky, SigismundGeneral of the Infantry
Sigismund Schilhawsky
1937 12 March 1938 0–1 years

Chiefs of the General Staff (1936–1938)[edit]

General Inspector of Troops Took office Left office Time in office
1
Alfred Jansa
Jansa, AlfredLieutenant field marshal
Alfred Jansa
(1884–1963)
[b]
1936 12 February 1938 1–2 years
2
Franz Böhme
Böhme, FranzMajor General
Franz Böhme
(1885–1947)
[c]
12 February 1938 12 March 1938 28 days

General Inspectors of Troops (1956–2002)[edit]

General Inspectors of Troops Took office Left office Time in office
1
Erwin Fussenegger (de)
Fussenegger, ErwinGeneral
Erwin Fussenegger (de)
(1908–1986)
31 August 1956 16 December 1970 14 years, 107 days
2
Otto Seitz (generel) (de)
Seitz, OttoGeneral of the Infantry
Otto Seitz (generel) (de)
(1911–1974)
1 January 1971 30 November 1971 349 days
3
Anton Leeb (de)
Leeb, AntonGeneral of the Infantry
Anton Leeb (de)
(1913–2008)
30 November 1971 31 December 1977 6 years, 31 days
4
Hubert Wingelbauer (de)
Wingelbauer, HubertGeneral of the Infantry
Hubert Wingelbauer (de)
(1915–1987)
1 January 1978 31 December 1980 3 years, 0 days
5
Heinz Scharff (de)
Scharff, HeinzGeneral
Heinz Scharff (de)
(1920–2014)
1 January 1981 31 December 1986 6 years, 0 days
6
Othmar Tauschitz
Tauschitz, OthmarGeneral
Othmar Tauschitz
1 January 1987 1 October 1990 4 years, 273 days
7
Karl Majcen (de)
Majcen, KarlGeneral
Karl Majcen (de)
(born 1934)
1 October 1990 20 December 1999 9 years, 80 days
8
Horst Pleiner (de)
Pleiner, HorstGeneral
Horst Pleiner (de)
(born 1941)
1 January 2000 1 December 2002 2 years, 334 days

Chiefs of the General Staff (2002–present)[edit]

Chief of the General Staff Took office Left office Time in office
1
Roland Ertl (de)
Ertl, RolandGeneral
Roland Ertl (de)
(born 1945)
1 December 2002 30 November 2007 4 years, 364 days
2
Edmund Entacher (de)
Entacher, EdmundGeneral
Edmund Entacher (de)
(born 1949)
30 November 2007 24 January 2011 3 years, 55 days
-
Othmar Commenda (de)
Commenda, OthmarLieutenant General
Othmar Commenda (de)
(born 1954)
Acting
24 January 2011 7 November 2011 287 days
(2)
Edmund Entacher (de)
Entacher, EdmundGeneral
Edmund Entacher (de)
(born 1949)
7 November 2011 March 2013 1 year, 3 months
3
Othmar Commenda (de)
Commenda, OthmarGeneral
Othmar Commenda (de)
(born 1954)
22 May 2013 Incumbent 5 years, 25 days

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Later served as the President of Austria from 1951 to 1957.
  2. ^ Dismissed according to paragraph 8 of the Berchtesgaden agreement of 12 February 1938.
  3. ^ Appointed according to paragraph 8 of the Berchtesgaden agreement of 12 February 1938.

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