Joint Support Service (Germany)

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Logo of the Joint Support Service
Logo of the Streitkräftebasis
Active 1 October 2000
Country Germany
Size 41,092 personnel (16 December 2016)[1]
March "Marsch der Streikräftebasis"[2]
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
Feldjäger MP patrol vehicle

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.


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.

The WBK headquarters are in:

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.


Logistic Command[edit]

  • Wappen LogKdoBw.jpg Bundeswehr Logistic Command

Territorial Tasks Command[edit]

  • KdoTA.png Bundeswehr Territorial Tasks Command
    • Guard Battalion in Berlin
    • Centre for Civil-Military Cooperation of the Bundeswehr
    • Wappen KdoFJgBw.jpg Bundeswehr Military Police Command
      • 1st Military Police Regiment in Berlin
      • 2nd Military Police Regiment in Hilden
      • 3rd Military Police Regiment in Munich
      • SFJg-StDstBw.jpg Bundeswehr Military Police School
    • ABCAbwKdoBw.gif Bundeswehr CBRN-defense Command in Bruchsal
      • ABCAbwRgt 750.jpg 750th CBRN-defense Battalion in Bruchsal
      • ABCAbwBtl 7.jpg 7th CBRN-defense Battalion in Höxter
      • SABCAbwGSchAufg.png CBRN-defense School in Sonthofen
    • LKdo Baden-Württemberg.jpg Baden-Württemberg State Command (Landeskommando)
    • LKdo Bayern.jpg Bayern State Command
    • LKdo Brandenburg.jpg Brandenburg State Command
    • LKdo Bremen.jpg Bremen State Command
    • LKdo Hamburg.svg Hamburg State Command
    • LKdo Hessen.png Hessen State Command
    • LKdo Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.gif Mecklenburg-Vorpommern State Command
    • LKdo Niedersachsen.jpg Niedersachsen State Command
    • LKdo Nordrhein-Westfalen.gif Nordrhein-Westfalen State Command
    • LKdo Rheinland-Pfalz.gif Rheinland-Pfalz State Command
    • LKdo Saarland.gif Saarland State Command
    • LKdo Sachsen.gif Sachsen State Command
    • LKdo Sachsen-Anhalt.gif Sachsen-Anhalt State Command
    • LKdo Schleswig-Holstein (V1).jpg Schleswig-Holstein State Command
    • LKdo Thüringen.gif Thüringen State Command
    • All Bundeswehr Training Areas

Armed Forces Office[edit]

  • Bundeswehr Verification Centre
  • Bundeswehr Academy for Information and Communication
  • Bw Integrated Competence & Training Centre SASPF
  • Military Attache Offices
  • Bundeswehr School of Dog Handling
  • GE Elm2 NATO Command Structure / National Support Elements
  • Bundeswehr Military Music Centre
  • Bilateral / multilateral Relations
  • Bundeswehr Sports School
    • Two Sports Promotion Sections
  • SGO1 / GE Elm2 George C. Marshall Centre

Multinational Joint Headquarters Command[edit]

Bundeswehr Planning Office[edit]

Military Academy of the German Armed Forces[edit]

The Military Academy of the German Armed Forces (German: Führungsakademie der Bundeswehr, FüAkBw) is the General Staff College (Senior Military Academy) of the German armed forces, the Bundeswehr, established in 1957 as the successor of the Prussian Military Academy, founded in 1810. Since 1958 it is located in Hamburg. Its motto is "Mens agitat molem", "Mind moves Matter". Being the leading educational institution of the German armed forces, the academy is internationally renowned for its excellence. The academy educates the future elite of not only the German armed forces but also of other member states of the European Union and the NATO.[4]


  1. ^ "Stärke: Militärisches Personal der Bundeswehr". Bundeswehr (in German). 16 December 2016. Retrieved 18 December 2016. 
  2. ^ Kirschner, Claus-Dieter (1 October 2010). "Der große Erfolg von Gerhard Fetzer". Heidenheimer Zeitung (in German). 
  3. ^ The Joint Support Service. p. 79. 
  4. ^ "Der Geist bewegt die Materie (German)". Retrieved 2017-10-26. 

External links[edit]

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Organisational areas
Joint Medical Service
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