Owe Wiktorin

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Owe Wiktorin
Born (1940-05-07) 7 May 1940 (age 75)
Motala, Sweden
Allegiance  Sweden
Service/branch Swedish Air Force
Years of service 1964–2000
Rank General
Commands held Supreme Commander of the Swedish Armed Forces
Awards H. M. The King's Medal

Owe Erik Axel Wiktorin (born 7 May 1940), is a Swedish Air Force General. General Wiktorin was Supreme Commander of the Swedish Armed Forces from 1994 to 2000.[1]


Wiktorin was born in Motala, Sweden and is the son of chief accountant Erik wiktorin and Esther Johnson. He passed his studentexamen in 1961 and was trained as a pilot at the Royal Air Force Flight Academy in Ljungbyhed from 1961 to 1962 eventually becoming an officer in the Air Force in 1964. Wiktorin studied at the Military Academy from 1971 to 1973 and at the Air Command and Staff College in the United States from 1979 to 1980.[2] He served as a pilot 1964-69 and was Head of Division 1969-71.

He was head of the planning department at the Defence Staff 1980-83, deputy wing commander at F 4 Frösön 1983-84 and head of Section 1 of the Air Staff 1983-84. In 1986 he was promoted to major general and was appointed head of the planning management at the Defence Staff. In 1991 he became lieutenant general and chief of the Defence Staff and in 1992 he was appointed military commander of the Southern Military District. In 1994 he was promoted to general and became Supreme Commander of the Swedish Armed Forces. He stayed in that position until 2000.[3]

In 1965 Wiktorin married in Cajs Gårding (born 1943).[2] In 1985 he became a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of War Sciences.[3] On 6 June 2000 he was awarded the H. M. The King's Medal of the 12th size in gold with chain[4] "for outstanding work for the Swedish defense."


  1. ^ "Tabell: Sveriges överbefälhavare". Nationalencyklopedin (in Swedish). Retrieved 2010-05-10. 
  2. ^ a b Uddling, Hans; Paabo, Katrin, eds. (1992). Vem är det: svensk biografisk handbok. 1993 [Who is it: Swedish biographical handbook. 1993] (in Swedish). Stockholm: Norstedt. p. 1190. ISBN 91-1-914072-X. 
  3. ^ a b Kjellander, Rune (1996). Kungl Krigsvetenskapsakademien: Svenska krigsmanna sällskapet (till 1805), Kungl Krigsvetenskapsakademien : biografisk matrikel med porträttgalleri 1796-1995 [Royal Swedish Academy of War Sciences: Swedish soldier's Society (until 1805), Royal Swedish Academy of War Sciences: Biographical roll with portrait gallery from 1796-1995] (in Swedish). Stockholm: Akad. p. 196. ISBN 91-630-4181-2. 
  4. ^ "Owe Wictorin" (in Swedish). Kungahuset.se. Retrieved 21 March 2013. 
Military offices
Preceded by
General Bengt Gustafsson
Supreme Commander of the Swedish Armed Forces
Succeeded by
General Johan Hederstedt