Defence Staff (Denmark)

The Danish Defence Staff (Danish: Forsvarsstaben) is a senior command authority within the Danish Defence, responsible for leadership, administration, and staff support.

Defence Staff
Forsvarsstaben
Founded1 October 1950; 71 years ago (1950-10-01)
Country Kingdom of Denmark
Part ofMinistry of Defence
HeadquartersHolmen Naval Base
WebsiteOfficial website
Commanders
Chief of the Defence StaffLieutenant general Kenneth Pedersen

RoleEdit

The Defense Staff is part of the Defense Command and supports the Chief of Defence with operational management and administration of the defense. There are four department within the Defense Staff:[1]

  • The High-Command Staff Secretariat
  • The Joint Operations Staff
  • The Plans and Capability Staff
  • The Finance Division

Chief of the Defense StaffEdit

The Chief of the Defense Staff reports directly to the Chief of Defense and serves as his deputy. The person in question is also responsible for ensuring that the Armed Forces 'resources are utilized optimally, so that the Armed Forces' tasks are solved in the best possible way. The Chief of the Defense Staff, together with the Chief of Defense, constitutes the top management of the Defense.

List
No. Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of office Defence branch Ref.
Took office Left office Time in office
1 Major general
Einar M. Nordentoft
(1896–1968)
1 October 1950 30 September 1956 5 years, 365 days Army [2]
2 Major general
Poul Vilhelm Hammershøy
(1905–1961)
1 October 1956 30 September 1959 2 years, 364 days Army [3]
3 Major general
Erik Rasmussen
(1903–1972)
1 October 1959 30 September 1962 2 years, 364 days Air force [4]
4 Major general
Svend Børge Reimert Helsø
(1910–1975)
1 October 1962 1970 7–8 years Army [5]
5 Major general
Eigil Wolff [da]
(1914–1983)
1970 30 November 1972 2–3 years Army
6   Major general
Knud Jørgensen [da]
(1919–1990)
1 December 1972 30 April 1977 4 years, 150 days Air force [6]
7 Lieutenant general
Gunnar Kjær Kristensen [da]
(1928–2001)
1 May 1977 30 April 1983 5 years, 364 days Army [7]
8   Vice admiral
Sven Egil Thiede [da]
(1924–2005)
1 May 1983 30 November 1985 2 years, 213 days Navy [8]
9   Lieutenant general
Jørgen Lyng
(born 1934)
1 December 1985 31 October 1989 3 years, 334 days Army
10   Vice admiral
Jørgen Garde
(1939–1996)
1 November 1989 31 March 1996 6 years, 151 days Navy [9]
11   Lieutenant general
Christian Hvidt [da]
(born 1942)
1 April 1996 20 August 1996 141 days Air force [10]
12 Lieutenant general
Ove Høegh-Guldberg Hoff [da]
(born 1942)
20 August 1996 2000 3–4 years Army [10]
13   Lieutenant general
Hans Jesper Helsø
(born 1942)
27 September 2000 1 October 2002 2 years, 4 days Army
14   Vice admiral
Tim Sloth Jørgensen
(born 1951)
1 October 2002 31 July 2008 5 years, 304 days Navy [11]
15   Lieutenant general
Bjørn Bisserup
(born 1960)
31 July 2008 1 October 2014 6 years, 62 days Army [12]
16   Lieutenant general
Per Ludvigsen [da]
(born 1957)
1 October 2014 1 November 2017 3 years, 31 days Army [12]
17   Lieutenant general
Max A.L.T. Nielsen [da]
(born 1963)
1 November 2017 1 September 2019 1 year, 304 days Air force [13][14]
  Rear admiral
Frank Trojahn
(born 1963)
Acting
1 September 2019 15 November 2019 75 days Navy [14]
18 Lieutenant general
Kenneth Pedersen [da]
(born 1968)
15 November 2019 Incumbent 2 years, 186 days Army [14]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Organisation of the Danish Armed Forces". forsvaret.dk. Ministry of Defence. 23 August 2020. Retrieved 14 January 2021.
  2. ^ Trommer.
  3. ^ Bjerg 2011b.
  4. ^ Bjerg 2011a.
  5. ^ Håndbog 1967, p. 22.
  6. ^ Nielsen & Olesen 1976, p. 401.
  7. ^ "Generalløjtnant G.K. Kristensen". jdrhistorie.dk (in Danish). 25 May 2001. Retrieved 14 January 2021.
  8. ^ Balsved 2006.
  9. ^ Grooss 2010.
  10. ^ a b Andersen 1996.
  11. ^ Balsved 2009.
  12. ^ a b Kolding 2014, p. 3.
  13. ^ Rasmussen 2017.
  14. ^ a b c Wester 2019.

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