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1963 Platoon Leader with the 222 Mountain Infantry Battalion, Mittenwald, Bavaria
1966 -1967 S3 officer (operations, training and organization) of the 222 Mountain Infantry Battalion
1967 studies of history and political sciences at the University of Freiburg, Baden-Wuerttemberg, doctorate (Dr.phil) 11 February 1972.
1968 Captain
1973 Major, 16th Command and General Staff Officer Course at the Command and General Staff College, Hamburg,
  participation in the U.S. Command and General Staff Officer Course at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
1976 G3 officer (operations, training and organization) with Headquarters CENTAG (Central Army Group) at Heidelberg, Baden-Wuerttemberg
1978-1980 Personal Staff Officer with the Deputy Chief of Staff, Federal Armed Forces, Ministry of Defense, Bonn
1982 Commanding Officer of the 231 Mountain Infantry Battalion till October 1 followed by an appointment as the G3 officer (operations, training and organizations) with the First Mountain Division.
1983 Full Colonel, Senior Military Assistant to the Defense Minister, Dr. Manfred Woerner
1986 he assumed command of the 23 Mountain Brigade at Bad Reichenhall , Bavaria.
1988 Brigadier General, Chief of Staff Section IV "Planning" (NATO forces, conception of the Federal Armed Forces, coordination of the budgetary means for the armed forces and planning management of armament) with the Armed Forces Staff at the Ministry of Defense, Bonn
1990 Major General in October
until June 1993 and commanded the Federal Armed Forces Command and Staff College at Hamburg
 During this period he also acted as the Vice President of the Clausewitz-Society and was a member in the Advisory Board of the Military Research Institute at Freiburg im Breisgau
1993 Lieutenant General , Commanding General of the III. (German) Corps at Koblenz
1994 Commander German Army Forces Command at Koblenz, Rhineland-Palatinate
1998 General
since 1999, Commander Joint Headquarters Centre, formerly known as Headquarters Allied Land Forces Central Europe (LANDCENT), Heidelberg.
1999 command of the NATO-led Kosovo Force (KFOR) in Pristina, Kosovo, replaced by Lieutenant General Juan Ortuño on 18 April 2000.