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Deputy Commander

Brigadier General Ralf Raddatz

Brigadier General Ralf Raddatz is Deputy Commander of the NATO's Combined Air Operations Command at Uedem, Germany.

He was born in Wilhelmshaven, Germany on 06 October 1958. He and his wife have one child.

He started his career in the German Air Force in 1979 and became a weapon systems officer in 1982. After earning his wings, he served ten years as Weapon System Officer F- 4F Phantom at Tactical Fighter Wing 36 "Westfalen", Hopsten, Germany before he became the Squadron Commander at Fighter Wing 74, Neuburg, Germany.

Following this assignment, he was selected to attend the Federal Armed Forces General Staff College in Hamburg, Germany.

During his career, Brigadier General Raddatz served in various command assignments and in various functions within the German Ministry of Defence in Berlin and Bonn and within the Air Force Operations Command, Kalkar, Germany.

After his assignment as Defence Attaché, Embassy London, U.K. he became the Deputy Chief of Staff Multinational Air Operations and Director Joint Force Air Component Headquarter at Air Operations Command, Kalkar.

Brigadier General Raddatz is a command weapon systems officer with more than 2,000 flying hours.

EDUCATION
1996 Federal Armed Forces General Staff College
2010 Course Participant "International Security and Strategic Leadership"at the Royal College of Defence Studies, London, U.K.

ASSIGNMENTS
1979 – 1982 Student, German Air Force Academy, Fürstenfeldbruck, Germany.
1982 – 1992 Weapon System Officer F- 4F Phantom at Tactical Fighter Wing 36 "Westfalen", Hopsten, Germany.
1992 – 1994 Squadron Commander at Fighter Wing 74, Neuburg, Germany.
1996 – 1998 Assistant Executive Officer to the Commander HQ AIRCENT, Ramstein, Germany.
1998 – 2001 Chief Exercise and Training Section at German Air Force Command, Cologne, Germany.
2001 – 2003 Senior Staff Officer Operational Policies and Exercises at Ministry of Defence, Berlin, Germany.
2003 – 2005 Chief International Affairs Section in the Conceptual Development Division at German Air Force Office, Cologne, Germany.
2005 – 2007 Chief Operations Division at German Air Force Operations Command, Kalkar, Germany
2007 – 2008 Executive Officer to the Commander HQ Component Command Air, Ramstein, Germany.
2009 – 2010 Chief Concept and Planning Division at German Air Force Operations Command, Kalkar.
2010 – 2011 Course Participant "International Security and Strategic Leadership" at the Royal College of Defence Studies, London, U.K.
2011 – 2012 Chief Flight Operations, Flight Safety and Air Traffic Control Branch at the Ministry of Defence, Bonn, Germany.
2012 – 2014 Chief Operations Branch at the Ministry of Defence, Bonn, Germany.
2015 – 2017 Director JFAC DEU HQ at Air Operations Command, Kalkar, Germany.
2017 – 2020 Defence Attaché, Embassy London,U.K.
2020 – current Deputy Chief of Staff Multinational Air Operations, Director Joint Force Air Component Headquarter at Air Operations Command, Kalkar, Germany.
Since 2022 Deputy Commander of NATO's Combined Air Operations Centre (CAOC) at Uedem, Germany.

FLIGHT INFORMATION
Rating: Command Weapon System Officer
Flight hours: 2000+
Aircraft Flown: F-4F Phantom

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Golden Cross of Honor of the Bundeswehr in 2002
Meritorious Service Medal United States of America 2008

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant 1982
First Lieutenant 1984
Captain 1988
Major 1992
Lieutenant Colonel 1994
Colonel 2005
Brigadier General 2015

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