Sander Schnitger

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Alexander Schnitger
Portret Schnitger.jpg
Born (1958-11-03) November 3, 1958 (age 60)
Rotterdam, South-Holland, The Netherlands.
Allegiance The Netherlands
Service/branchRoyal Netherlands Air Force
Years of service1979–present
RankNl-luchtmacht-luitenant generaal.svgLieutenant General
Commands heldRoyal Netherlands Air Force
Volkel Air Base
315 Squadron
Battles/warsOperation Deny Flight
Operation Allied Force

Alexander Schnitger (born 1958) is a general in the Royal Netherlands Air Force and former Commander of the Royal Netherlands Air Force.


Schnitger received his military education at the Military Academy in Breda. He continued his training at Sheppard Air Force Base and received his wing in March 1984. Back home in the Netherlands he was appointed pilot at the 314 squadron at Eindhoven Airport. In 1988 he was the team lead of 'Double Dutch' the NF-5 demoteam of the Royal Netherlands Air Force at that time. In 1990 he was trained for the F-16 and assigned to the 312 squadron at Volkel Air Base.

In 2001 he was appointed as Planner of the Ministry of Defence (Netherlands). In this capacity he was involved in major restructuring operation of the Dutch Armed Forces. In 2004 he was Director of Operations in the CAOC 4 in Messstetten, Germany being promoted to the rank of colonel.

Schnitger was appointed Commander of Volkel Air Base in 2005. Three years later, in 2008, he was promoted Air commodore and appointed Director of Operations at the Air Force Staff of the Royal Netherlands Air Force. His appointment as Director of Operational Needs, Policy and Planning Division at the Ministry of Defence (Netherlands) followed in December 2009 while being promoted Major General.

He was Commander of the Royal Netherlands Air Force from March 9, 2012 till June 10, 2016.