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Deputy Commander

Brigadier General Christoph Pliet

Brigadier General Christoph Pliet is Deputy Commander of the NATO's Combined Air Operations Command at Uedem, Germany.
He was born in Tettnang, Germany on 11 September 1962. He and his wife Bettina have two children.
He started his career in the German Air Force in 1980 and became a fighter weapon systems officer in 1984. After earning his wings, he served ten years as an Instructor Weapons Systems Officer, Training Officer and Executive Officer in the 31st Fighter Bomber Wing, Kerpen, Germany. Following this assignment, he was selected to attend the Federal Armed Forces General Staff College in Hamburg, Germany.
During his career, Brigadier General Pliet served in various command assignments from group commander to wing commander. Before coming to the Deployable Air Command and Control Centre, he was Branch Chief, Ministry of Defence, Planning Directorate and Capability Management of Command and Control, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaisance Branch. He was capability manager of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaisance as well as Command and Control platforms, responsible for requirements.
His operational assignments include Deputy Division Chief of Bundeswehr Joint Forces Operations Command, where he was responsible for the planning of Bundeswehr Operations, Stabilization, Balkans. He also served as Base Defence Commander and Wing Commander, Operations Wing, Mazar-e Sharif, Afghanistan.
Brigadier General Pliet is a command weapon systems officer with more than 2,000 flying hours and over 70 combat hours in a Tornado.

EDUCATION

1984 German Air Force Academy
1996 Federal Armed Forces General Staff College
2006 NATO Defense College, Rome

ASSIGNMENTS
1980 – 1984 Student, German Air Force Academy, Fürstenfeldbruck, Germany.
1984 – 1994 Instructor Weapons System Officer, Training Officer and Executive Officer, 31st Fighter Bomber Wing, Kerpen, Germany.
1994 – 1996 Student, Federal Armed Forces General Staff College, Hamburg, Germany.
1996 – 1998 Branch Chief, Combined Air Operations Centre, Messstetten, Germany.
1998 – 2001 Operations Group Commander, Reconnaissance Wing 51, Kropp, Germany.
1999 – 2000 Commander, Operations Wing 1, Kosovo Force (KFOR), Piacenza, Italy.
2001 – 2002 Assistant Branch Chief, Air Force Staff, Ministry of Defence, Bonn, Germany.
2002 – 2003 Assistant Branch Chief, German Armed Forces Staff, Ministry of Defence, Bonn, Germany.
2003 – 2005 Military Assistant to Vice Chief of Staff Bundeswehr, Ministry of Defence, Bonn, Germany
2006 – 2006 Staff Assistant to Chief of Staff, Air Force Command, Cologne, Germany.
2006 – 2008 Commander, Fighter Bomber Wing 33, Büchel, Germany.
2007 – 2008 Commander, Operations Wing, Masar-e Sharif, Afghanistan.
2008 – 2009 Deputy Division Chief J5, Bundeswehr Joint Forces Operations Command, Potsdam, Germany.
2010 – 2012 Division Chief J3, Bundeswehr Response Forces Operations Command, Ulm, Germany.
2012 – 2016 Branch Chief, NATO's Supreme Allied Command Transformation, Norfolk, Virginia USA.
2016 – 2018 Branch Chief, Planning Directorate/Capability Management Command and Control and Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Branch, Ministry of Defence, Bonn, Germany.
2018 – 2021 Deputy Commander Deployable Air Command and Control Centre, Poggio Renatico, Italy.
Since 2022 Deputy Commander of the NATO's Combined Air Operations Command at Uedem, Germany.

FLIGHT INFORMATION
Rating: Command Weapon Systems Officer

Flight hours: 2000+
Aircraft Flown: Tornado, A-Jet, T-37, T-43 and P-149

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Cross of Honor of the Bundeswehr in Gold
German Armed Forces Deployment Medal SFOR
German Armed Forces Deployment Medal ISAF
NATO Medal SFOR
NATO Medal ISAF

(Current as of January 2022)


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