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Deputy Chief of Staff Operations

Brigadier General Michael Krah

Brigadier General Michael Krah is the Deputy Chief of Staff Operations at NATO's Headquarters Allied Air Command, Ramstein Air Base, Germany. General Krah is responsible to the Commander Allied Air Command for all operational matters, including Air Policing, Ballistic Missile Defence, Article 5 and Crisis Response Operations. He is also responsible for ensuring Headquarters Allied Air Command is prepared to establish an Air Operations Centre if required for an emerging Contingency Operation.

Born on October 5, 1966, he joined the Bundeswehr in 1986. His professional military education includes a Master’s Degree in Economic Sciences and the successful completion of the German General Staff Course. He was promoted to Brigadier General on April 1, 2024.

As a Weapon System Officer of the Tornado Multi-Role Combat Aircraft, he had various command assignments in the German Air Force, including during deployed air operations in the Balkans, Afghanistan and Iraq. Most recently, he was the Air Wing Commander of the Tactical Air Wing 51 “Immelmann” in Schleswig, DEU. 

During his career, Brigadier General Krah was assigned to staff positions as Branch or Department Head in various Headquarters, including the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) and German Air Force Command, Joint Operations Command and Ministry of Defence. 

Since January 2023, he has been the Branch Head of the Crisis Management Team at the German Ministry of Defence. The team has been acting as Task Force Israel since October 2023.

Brigadier General Krah is married.


EDUCATION

2018Operational Command Course for Flag Officers, Federal Armed Forces Command and General Staff College
2000-2002
General Staff Course, Federal Armed Forces Command and General Staff College


ASSIGNMENTS
1999Various assignments, Headquarters SFOR, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Hercegovina
2002-2004Department Head Operations, Headquarters German 1st Air Division, Fürstenfeldbruck, Germany
2004-2007Staff Officer Policy, SHAPE, Belgium
2007-2009
Commander Flying Group, Reconnaissance Wing 51 “Immelmann”, Schleswig Air Base, Germany
2009-2022
Assistant Branch Chief, Air Staff III 3, German Ministry of Defence, Berlin  
2011–2014
Branch Chief, German Air Force HQ, Berlin
2015-2016
Commander Operations Wing, Counter DAESH, Incirlik Air Base, Türkiye
2014–2017
Commander, Tactical Air Wing 51 “Immelmann”, Schleswig Air Base, Germany
2017–2019
Assistant Chief of Staff, Air Force Operations, German Air Force HQ, Berlin
2019-2022
Chief Joint Operations Planning Group, German Joint Operations Command, Potsdam
2022-2023
Branch Chief, Support Division, III 5, German Ministry of Defence, Berlin
2023-2024
Branch Chief Crisis Management Team, German Ministry of Defence, Berlin
Since May 2024
Deputy Chief of Staff Operations at Allied Air Command, Ramstein, Germany


FLIGHT INFORMATION

Rating: 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 IFOR 

German Armed Forces Deployment Medal ISAF 

NATO Medal IFOR 

NATO Medal ISAF

German Armed Forces Deployment Medal UNPROFOR

German Armed Forces Deployment Medal OIR


EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION

Second Lieutenant 1989

First Lieutenant 1991

Captain 1993

Major 1997

Lieutenant Colonel 2001

Colonel 2012

Brigadier General 2024

(Current as of May 2024)



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