Joint Support Service (Germany)
Logo of the Streitkräftebasis
|Active||1 October 2000|
|Size||41,092 personnel (16 December 2016)|
|March||"Marsch der Streikräftebasis"|
|Inspector||Generalleutnant Martin Schelleis (German Air Force)|
|Deputy Inspector||Generalleutnant Peter Bohrer (German Air Force)|
|Chief of Staff||Generalmajor Jürgen Setzer (German Army)|
|Manfred Nielson, Wolfram Kühn|
The Joint Support Service (German: Streitkräftebasis, SKB, literally Armed Forces Foundation) is a branch of the German Bundeswehr established in October 2000 as a result of major reforms of the Bundeswehr. It handles various logistic and organisational tasks of the Bundeswehr. The SKB is the fifth component of the Bundeswehr, the other four being the Army, Navy, Air Force and the Joint Medical Service. As of December 2016, the force is composed of around 41,100 personnel.
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Unlike the similar British Defence Logistics Organisation and the Australian Department of Defence's Support Command Australia, Germany's current military environment has led to a number of combat-associated commands being allotted to it, principally the small German territorial defence structure embodied in the four Wehrbereichskommandos (Military District Commands), and the national supervision of active German military operations beyond the NATO area,[clarification needed] performed by the Einsatzführungskommando (Bundeswehr Operations Command), which is headquartered in Potsdam.
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Each Military District Command controls several Landeskommandos (State Commands) due to the federal structure of Germany. Previously this function was carried out by the Verteidigungsbezirkskommandos (VBKs) or Military Region Commands (Defence District Commands). These command authorities are in charge of all military facilities in their area of responsibility and of several supporting regiments. The SKB was formed on the basis of the former IV (GE)[clarification needed] Korps. Most of its remaining elements have been reassigned from the Central Military Agencies of the Bundeswehr, encompassing a wide range of logistics agencies, schools, and other support units.
The top command authorities are the Kommando Streitkräftebasis (Joint Support Service Command) which is in charge of numerous of command and control roles. The Streitkräfteamt (Armed Forces Office) directs all schools, training and research centres, the Military Counterintelligence Service (Militärischer Abschirmdienst), and the Bundeswehr's higher academies and universities.
- Joint Support and Enabling Service Headquarters, in Bonn
- Bundeswehr Logistic Command, in Erfurt
- Bundeswehr Logistic School, in Garlstedt
- Bundeswehr Logistic Center, in Wilhelmshaven
- 164th Special Engineer Regiment, in Husum
- 161st Logistic Battalion, in Delmenhorst
- 171st Logistic Battalion, in Burg bei Magdeburg
- 172nd Logistic Battalion, in Beelitz
- 461st Logistic Battalion, in Walldürn
- 467th Logistic Battalion, in Volkach
- 472nd Logistic Battalion, in Kümmersbruck
Military Police Command
- Bundeswehr Military Police Command, in Hanover
- Bundeswehr CBRN-defense Command, in Bruchsal
Territorial Tasks Command
- Bundeswehr Territorial Tasks Command, in Berlin
- Baden-Württemberg State Command (Landeskommando), in Stuttgart
- Bayern State Command, in Munich
- Brandenburg State Command, in Potsdam
- Bremen State Command, in Bremen
- Hamburg State Command, in Hamburg
- Hessen State Command, in Wiesbaden
- Mecklenburg-Vorpommern State Command, in Schwerin
- Niedersachsen State Command, in Hanover
- Nordrhein-Westfalen State Command, in Düsseldorf
- Rheinland-Pfalz State Command, in Mainz
- Saarland State Command, in Saarbrücken
- Sachsen State Command, in Dresden
- Sachsen-Anhalt State Command, in Magdeburg
- Schleswig-Holstein State Command, in Kiel
- Thüringen State Command, in Erfurt
- Bundeswehr Civil-Military Cooperation Centre, in Nienburg
- Guard battalion at the Ministry of Defence, in Berlin
- All Bundeswehr Training Areas, divided into three regions (North, South, East)
Armed Forces Office
- Armed Forces Office, in Bonn
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