Chief of the Air Staff (Sweden)

The Chief of the Air Staff[1] (Swedish: Chefen för flygstaben, CFS, or Flygstabschef) is the professional head of the Swedish Air Staff. The post was created in 1936 with lieutenant colonel Bengt Nordenskiöld as the first incumbent. The post disappeared in 1994 and was reintroduced in 2019 when the new Air Staff was established.

Chief of the Air Staff
Chefen för flygstaben
Naval Ensign of Sweden.svg
Incumbent
Colonel Dennis Hedström

since 1 June 2019
Ministry of Defence
TypeChief of the Air Staff
AbbreviationCFS
Reports toChief of Air Force
SeatBanérgatan 62-64, Stockholm (1943–1981)
Lidingövägen 24, Stockholm (1981–1994)
Ärna Air Base (2019–)
Term lengthNo fixed term
Formation1936, 2019
First holderLieutenant Colonel Bengt Nordenskiöld (1936)
Colonel Anders Persson (2019)
Final holderMajor General Bernt Östh
Abolished1994
Unofficial namesFlygstabschef
DeputyVice Chief of the Air Staff (1943–1966)

HistoryEdit

The Chief of the Air Staff was from 1936 to 1994 the second most senior member of the Swedish Air Force after the Chief of the Air Force and headed the Air Staff. The position was initially held by a colonel (1937–1943) and later by a major general (1943–1994). When the Air Staff was disbanded in 1994, the office was eliminated. In 2019, the Air Staff was re-established and a Chief of the Air Staff was appointed again, this time held by a colonel.

Between 1943 and 1966, the post of Vice Chief of the Air Staff existed. According to the rules of procedure for the Air Staff issued on 1 March 1962, the Vice Chief of the Air Staff (and the Air Surveillance Inspector and the Air Safety Inspector) were given responsibility for various departments and other organizational units within the Air Staff's areas of activity so that these executives in effect subsequently served as section heads.[2]

Chiefs of the Air StaffEdit

Chiefs of the Air Staff (1936–1994)Edit

No. Portrait Chief of the Air Staff Took office Left office Time in office Prime Minister Ref
1Nordenskiöld, BengtColonel[a]
Bengt Nordenskiöld
(1891–1983)
1 July 193619425–6 yearsAxel Pehrsson-Bramstorp
Per Albin Hansson
[3]
2Ljungdahl, AxelMajor general[b]
Axel Ljungdahl
(1897–1995)
194219474–5 yearsPer Albin Hansson
Tage Erlander
-
3Westring, Gustaf AdolfMajor general[c]
Gustaf Adolf Westring
(1900–1963)
194719579–10 yearsTage Erlander-
4Peyron, LennartMajor general
Lennart Peyron
(1909–1981)
195719602–3 yearsTage Erlander-
5Norén, StigMajor general
Stig Norén
(1908–1996)
196019643–4 yearsTage Erlander-
6Odqvist, GöstaMajor general
Gösta Odqvist
(1913–2005)
196419661–2 yearsTage Erlander-
7Nordenskiöld, Claës-HenrikMajor general
Claës-Henrik Nordenskiöld
(1917–2003)
196619703–4 yearsTage Erlander
Olof Palme
-
8Stenberg, DickMajor general
Dick Stenberg
(1921–2004)
1 April 197030 September 19733 years, 182 daysOlof Palme[4]
9Neij, HansMajor general
Hans Neij
(1921–1985)
197330 September 19784–5 yearsOlof Palme
Thorbjörn Fälldin
[5]
10Nygren, ErikMajor general
Erik Nygren
(1923–1999)
1 October 197830 September 19801 year, 365 daysThorbjörn Fälldin
Ola Ullsten
[5]
11Båge, EvertMajor general
Evert Båge
(1925–2021)
1 October 198019843–4 yearsThorbjörn Fälldin
Olof Palme
[5]
12Lönnbom, BengtMajor general
Bengt Lönnbom
(born 1933)
198419872–3 yearsOlof Palme
Ingvar Carlsson
-
13Stenfeldt, BertMajor general
Bert Stenfeldt
(born 1933)
198719902–3 yearsIngvar Carlsson-
14Östh, BerntMajor general
Bernt Östh
(born 1936)
199019943–4 yearsIngvar Carlsson
Carl Bildt
-
-Nilsson, KjellSenior colonel
Kjell Nilsson
(1943–2018)
Acting
199319940–1 yearsCarl Bildt-

Chiefs of the Air Staff (2019–present)Edit

No. Portrait Chief of the Air Staff Took office Left office Time in office Prime Minister Ref
1Persson, AndersColonel
Anders Persson
(born 1968)
1 January 201930 September 2019272 daysStefan Löfven[6]
2Jönsson, AndersColonel
Anders Jönsson
(born ?)
1 October 201931 May 2020243 daysStefan Löfven[7][8]
3Hedström, DennisColonel
Dennis Hedström
(born ?)
1 June 202031 May 20243 years, 365 daysStefan Löfven[9]

Vice Chiefs of the Air StaffEdit

No. Portrait Vice/Deputy Chief of the Air Staff Took office Left office Time in office Prime Minister Ref
1Silfverberg, KarlColonel
Karl Silfverberg
(1899–1978)
194319484–5 yearsPer Albin Hansson
Tage Erlander
-
2Rapp, TorstenColonel
Torsten Rapp
(1905–1993)
1 October 194819512–3 yearsTage Erlander[10]
3Colonel
Greger Falk
(1910–1990)
195119531–2 yearsTage Erlander-
4Möller, StigColonel
Stig Möller
(1911–2002)
195319595–6 yearsTage Erlander-
5Odqvist, GöstaColonel
Gösta Odqvist
(1913–2005)
195919611–2 yearsTage Erlander-
6Personne, NilsColonel
Nils Personne
(1918–2013)
196119664–5 yearsTage Erlander-

FootnotesEdit

  1. ^ Nordenskiöld was lieutenant colonel when taking office on 1 July 1936 and was promoted to colonel on 1 July 1937 while still in office.[3]
  2. ^ Ljungdahl was colonel when taking office in 1942 and was promoted to major general in 1943 while still in office.
  3. ^ Westring was colonel when taking office in 1947 and was promoted to major general in 1950 while still in office.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Gullberg 1977, p. 134
  2. ^ "Kungl. Maj.ts proposition nr 31 år 1963" (in Swedish). Stockholm: Riksdag. 30 December 1963. Retrieved 21 September 2021.
  3. ^ a b Böhme 1990–1991, p. 292
  4. ^ Scheiderbauer 2007–2011, p. 225
  5. ^ a b c Wennerholm 2015, p. 154
  6. ^ Ullman 2019
  7. ^ "PÅ NY POST" (PDF). Försvarets forum: personaltidning för fast anställda och reservofficerare i svenska försvarsmakten (in Swedish). Stockholm: Försvarets forum (5): 8. 2018. SELIBR 4109339. Retrieved 18 August 2020.
  8. ^ "PÅ NY POST" (PDF). Försvarets forum: personaltidning för fast anställda och reservofficerare i svenska försvarsmakten (in Swedish). Stockholm: Försvarets forum (1): 8–9. 2020. SELIBR 4109339. Retrieved 18 August 2020.
  9. ^ "PÅ NY POST" (PDF). Försvarets forum: personaltidning för fast anställda och reservofficerare i svenska försvarsmakten (in Swedish). Stockholm: Försvarets forum (2): 9. 2020. SELIBR 4109339. Retrieved 18 August 2020.
  10. ^ Norén 1995–1997, p. 675

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