Chief of the Army Staff (Sweden)

The Chief of the Army Staff[1] (Swedish: Chefen för arméstaben, CAst, or Arméstabschef) is the professional head of the Swedish Army Staff. The post was created in 1936 with colonel Helge Jung as the first incumbent. The post disappeared in 1994 and was reintroduced in 2019 when the new Army Staff was established.

Chief of the Army Staff
Chefen för arméstaben
Naval Ensign of Sweden.svg
Dag Lidén2013.jpg
Incumbent
Colonel Dag Lidén

since 1 January 2019
Ministry of Defence
TypeChief of the Army Staff
AbbreviationCAst
Reports toChief of Army
SeatÖstermalmsgatan 87, Stockholm (1937–1981)
Lidingövägen 24, Stockholm (1981–1994)
Enköping (2019–)
Term lengthNo fixed term
Formation1937, 2019
First holderColonel Helge Jung (1937)
Colonel Dag Lidén (2019)
Final holderMajor General Lennart Rönnberg
Abolished1994
Unofficial namesArméstabschef
DeputyVice Chief of the Army Staff

HistoryEdit

The Chief of the Army Staff was from 1937 to 1994 the second most senior member of the Swedish Army after the Chief of the Army and headed the Army Staff. The position was initially held by a colonel (1937–1943) and later by a major general (1943–1994). The Chief of the Army Staff was also Chief of the General Staff Corps.[2] When the Army Staff was disbanded in 1994, the office was eliminated. In 2019, the Army Staff was re-established and a Chief of the Army Staff was appointed again, this time held by a colonel.

Chiefs of the Army StaffEdit

Chiefs of the Army Staff (1937–1994)Edit

No. Portrait Chief of the Army Staff Took office Left office Time in office Prime Minister Ref
-Klercker, Ernst afMajor general[a]
Ernst af Klercker
(1881–1955)
Acting
1 August 193630 June 1937333 daysAxel Pehrsson-Bramstorp
Per Albin Hansson
[3][4]
1Jung, HelgeMajor general[b]
Helge Jung
(1886–1978)
1 July 193730 September 19403 years, 91 daysPer Albin Hansson-
2Högberg, FolkeMajor general
Folke Högberg
(1884–1972)
1 October 194030 September 19421 year, 364 daysPer Albin Hansson[5]
3Tottie, HenryColonel
Henry Tottie
(1888–1952)
194219430–1 yearsPer Albin Hansson-
4Gadd, HugoMajor general
Hugo Gadd
(1885–1968)
194319462–3 yearsPer Albin Hansson-
5Backlund, IvarMajor general
Ivar Backlund
(1892–1969)
194619482–3 yearsTage Erlander-
6Tamm, VikingMajor general
Viking Tamm
(1896–1975)
194819534–5 yearsTage Erlander-
7Carpelan, BertMajor general
Bert Carpelan
(1895–1981)
195319573–4 yearsTage Erlander-
8Åkerman, GustavMajor general
Gustav Åkerman
(1901–1988)
195719613–4 yearsTage Erlander-
9Mohlin, ArneMajor general
Arne Mohlin
(1909–1992)
196119631–2 yearsTage Erlander-
10Synnergren, StigMajor general
Stig Synnergren
(1915–2004)
196319662–3 yearsTage Erlander-
11Ljung, OveMajor general
Ove Ljung
(1918–1997)
196619681–2 yearsTage Erlander-
-Holm, Karl EricMajor general
Karl Eric Holm
(1919–2016)
Acting
196619681–2 yearsTage Erlander-
12Holm, Karl EricMajor general
Karl Eric Holm
(1919–2016)
196819723–4 yearsTage Erlander
Olof Palme
-
13Ljung, LennartMajor general
Lennart Ljung
(1921–1990)
197219741–2 yearsOlof Palme-
-Hökmark, GöstaMajor general
Gösta Hökmark
(1920–1993)
Acting
197319762–3 yearsOlof Palme[6]
14Hökmark, GöstaMajor general
Gösta Hökmark
(1920–1993)
197631 March 19792–3 yearsOlof Palme
Thorbjörn Fälldin
Ola Ullsten
[6][7]
15Lugn, RobertMajor general
Robert Lugn
(1923–2016)
1 April 197919833–4 yearsOla Ullsten
Thorbjörn Fälldin
Olof Palme
[7]
16Larsson, KristerMajor general
Krister Larsson
(born 1934)
198319884–5 yearsOlof Palme
Ingvar Carlsson
-
17Sjöö, CurtMajor general
Curt Sjöö
(born 1937)
198819901–2 yearsIngvar Carlsson-
18Rönnberg, LennartMajor general
Lennart Rönnberg
(born 1938)
199019943–4 yearsIngvar Carlsson
Carl Bildt
-

Chiefs of the Army Staff (2019–present)Edit

No. Portrait Chief of the Army Staff Took office Left office Time in office Prime Minister Ref
1Lidén, DagColonel
Dag Lidén
(born 1961)
1 January 2019Incumbent2 years, 335 daysStefan Löfven[8][c]

Vice Chiefs of the Army StaffEdit

Swedish: Souschef

No. Portrait Vice/Deputy Chief of the Army Staff Took office Left office Time in office Prime Minister Ref
1Möller, GunnarColonel
Gunnar Möller
(1897–1953)
194219441–2 yearsPer Albin Hansson[10]
2Lindquist, RolfColonel
Rolf Lindquist
(1895–1944)
1 April 194424 November 1944[d]237 daysPer Albin Hansson[11]
3Carpelan, BertColonel
Bert Carpelan
(1895–1981)
1 February 194519471–2 yearsPer Albin Hansson
Tage Erlander
[12]
4Norberg, AdolfColonel
Adolf Norberg
(1900–1988)
194719480–1 yearsTage Erlander-
5Flach, MilesColonel
Miles Flach
(1902–1974)
194919500–1 yearsTage Erlander[13]

FootnotesEdit

  1. ^ af Klercker was colonel when taking office on 1 August 1936 and was promoted to major general on 19 March 1937 while still in office.[3]
  2. ^ Jung was colonel when taking office on 1 July 1937 and was promoted to major general in 1938 while still in office.
  3. ^ In the middle of 2021, Lidén's position as Chief of Army Staff was extended until further notice, however, until 30 June 2022 at the latest.[9]
  4. ^ Perished aboard SS Hansa on his way to Gotland.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Gullberg 1977, p. 134.
  2. ^ "Riksdagsskrivelse 1936:327" (in Swedish). Riksdag. 16 June 1936. Retrieved 20 May 2020.
  3. ^ a b Wikland 1975–1977, p. 298.
  4. ^ FL 1936, p. 8.
  5. ^ Broomé 1971–1973, p. 659.
  6. ^ a b GP 1976, p. 11.
  7. ^ a b Wennerholm 2015, p. 153.
  8. ^ Owetz 2018, p. 13.
  9. ^ Försvarets forum 2021, p. 9.
  10. ^ Dahl & Bohman 1949, p. 377.
  11. ^ DN 1944, p. 9.
  12. ^ SvD 1946, p. 10.
  13. ^ TBT 1949, p. 5.

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