Chief of the Royal Danish Air Force

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Chief of the Air Command
Chef for Flyverkommandoen
Incumbent
Major general Anders Rex

since 1 November 2017
 Royal Danish Air Force
Member ofDefence Command of Denmark
Reports toChief of Defence
Term lengthNo fixed length
PrecursorChief of the Tactical Air Command
FormationFebruary 1913 (historical)
1 October 2014 (current)
WebsiteOfficial Website

The Chief of the Air Command, is the top most authority in the Royal Danish Air Force. It can trace its history back to the creation of the Chief for the Naval Air Service, in 1913. The current chief of the Air Force is Major general A. Rex.

History[edit]

On 14 December 1911, the Naval Air Service was established. On 25 March 1912, the Royal Danish Navy received its first airplane the Kite, in 1913 the first chief was named.[1] In 1912, the Army Air Corps was established. The first chief was named in 1917. Following the destruction of the air forces during World War II, it was decided that the two forces should be collected under one force. From 1947 till the creation of the RDAF, Torben Ørum served as Combined Army and Naval Air Corps Chief. In 1950, the Air Command and the position of Chief of the Air Force was created. With the creation of the Defence Staff and Chief of Defence, in 1970, the Chief of the Air Force was subjugated to the CoD.[2] In 1982, the title of Chief of the Air Force was changed to become Inspector of the Air Force.[3] Following the 1988 Defence Commission, it was decided that the Air Staff and the positions of Inspector would be removed and then create the Tactical Air Command.[4][5] Following the Danish Defence Agreement 2013–17, the Tactical Air Command was disbanded and reorganised into the Air Staff. On 1 January 2019, as part of the Danish Defence Agreement 2018–23, the Danish name was changed Air Command.[6]

List of chiefs[edit]

Naval Air Service (1913–1947)[edit]

Chief for the Naval Air Service Took office Left office Time in office Ref
1
Ulrik Birch
Birck, UlrikUlrik Birch
(1883–1913)
[a]
February 1913October 1913 †8 months[1]
2
A. Hoeck
Rechnitzer, HjalmarFirst lieutenant
A. Hoeck
(?–1915)
[a]
April 191427 July 1915 †1 year, 3 months[1]
3
F. W. H. Laub
First lieutenant
F. W. H. Laub
27 July 1915Marts 19182 years, 7 months[7]
4
Asger Grandjean
Grandjean, AsgerCommodore
Asger Grandjean
(1889–1948)
Marts 191831 October 194123 years, 7 months[8][9][10]
5
Poul Scheibel
Scheibel, PoulCommodore
Poul Scheibel
(1893–?)
31 October 19411 December 19476 years, 1 month[11]

Army Aviation Troops (1917–1947)[edit]

Chief for the Army Aviation Troops Took office Left office Time in office Ref
1
Johan Peter Koch
Koch, JohanColonel
Johan Peter Koch
(1870–1928)
191713 January 1928 †10–11 years[12]
2
H. O. Hansen
Hansen, JohanColonel
H. O. Hansen
192819323–4 years[13]
3
Christian Førslev [da]
Førslev, ChristianCaptain
Christian Førslev [da]
(1878–1950)
193219457–8 years[14]
4
Tage Andersen
Andersen, TageColonel
Tage Andersen
(1899–1965)
194519471–2 years[15]

Combined Army and Naval Air Corps (1947–1950)[edit]

Chief for the Combined Army and Naval Air Corps Took office Left office Time in office Ref
1
Torben Ploug Aagesen Ørum
Ørum, TorbenColonel
Torben Ploug Aagesen Ørum
(1901–1999)
194719502–3 years[16]

Air Command (1950–1969)[edit]

Chief of the Air Command Took office Left office Time in office Ref
1
Christian Førslev [da]
Førslev, ChristianLieutenant general
Christian Førslev [da]
(1891–1959)
1 October 195031 October 19555 years, 30 days[17]
2
Tage Andersen
Førslev, ChristianLieutenant general
Tage Andersen
(1899–1965)
1 November 195515 June 19593 years, 226 days[18]
3
Kurt Ramberg [da]
Ramberg, KurtLieutenant general
Kurt Ramberg [da]
(1908–1997)
15 June 195930 September 19623 years, 107 days.
4
H. J. Pagh
Pagh, HLieutenant general
H. J. Pagh
1 October 196231 December 19697 years, 91 days.

Air Staff (1970–1990)[edit]

Chief of the Air Staff Took office Left office Time in office Ref
Chief of the Air Force
1
Niels Holst-Sørensen
Førslev, ChristianMajor general
Niels Holst-Sørensen
(born 1922)
1 January 197026 May 198212 years[19]
Inspector of the Air Force
2
P. Thorsen
Thorsen, P.Major general
P. Thorsen
26 May 198219841–2 years.
3
Bent Vilhelm Larsens
Larsens, BentMajor general
Bent Vilhelm Larsens
(1930–2014)
198419905–6 years.

Tactical Air Command (1990–2014)[edit]

Chief of Tactical Air Command Took office Left office Time in office Ref
1
Ole Fogh [da]
Fogh, OleMajor general
Ole Fogh [da]
(born 1934)
199019943–4 years[20]
2
Laurits Tophøj
Tophøj, LauritsMajor general
Laurits Tophøj
(born 1940)
199419972–3 years[21]
3
Kurt Ebbe Rosgaard
Rosgaard, KurtMajor general
Kurt Ebbe Rosgaard
(born 1946)
199720002–3 years[22]
4
Leif Simonsen [da]
Simonsen, LeifMajor general
Leif Simonsen [da]
(born 1945)
200020054–5 years[23]
5
Stig Østergaard Nielsen
Nielsen, StigMajor general
Stig Østergaard Nielsen
(born 1954)
200520093–4 years[24]
6
Henrik Røboe Dam
Nielsen, StigMajor general
Henrik Røboe Dam
200930 September 20144–5 years[25]

Air Staff (2014–2018)[edit]

Chief of Air Staff Took office Left office Time in office Ref
1
Max A.L.T. Nielsen
Nielsen, MaxMajor general
Max A.L.T. Nielsen
(born 1963)
1 October 201431 October 20173 years, 30 days[26]
2
Anders Rex
Rex, AndersMajor general
Anders Rex
(born 1970)
1 November 201731 December 20181 year, 60 days[27]

Air Command (2019–present)[edit]

Chief of Air Command Took office Left office Time in office Ref
1
Anders Rex
Rex, AndersMajor general
Anders Rex
(born 1970)
1 January 2019Incumbent157 days.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Died in a plane crash

Citations[edit]

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  4. ^ Folketinget (25 April 1990). "1989/1 LSF 189" (in Danish). Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  5. ^ Danish Defence (1989). "Forsvaret i 90'erne". Beretning fra Forsvarskommissionen af 1988 (PDF) (in Danish). Schultz Grafisk A/S. ISBN 978-87-503-8209-6. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
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  10. ^ Probst 1998, p. 10.
  11. ^ Probst 1998, p. 35.
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  15. ^ "Blaa Bog 1949" (in Danish). Retrieved 15 October 2018.
  16. ^ Wolff, E. H. (18 July 2011). "T.P.A. Ørum". Dansk Biografisk Leksikon (3rd ed.). Gyldendal. Retrieved 15 October 2018.
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  18. ^ "Hærloven af 18. Juni 1951". Arma-Dania.dk (in Danish). Retrieved 12 October 2018.
  19. ^ Harding, Merete; Vangdrup, Arne. "Niels Holst-Sørensen". Dansk Biografisk Leksikon (in Danish) (3rd ed.). Gyldendal. Retrieved 12 October 2018.
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  21. ^ "Rundt i morgen". Kristeligt-Dagblad.dk (in Danish). Kristeligt Dagblad. 12 June 2010. Retrieved 12 October 2018.
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  23. ^ Stenstrup, Mads (11 April 2005). "40 år som sendt fra himlen". jyllands-posten.dk (in Danish). JP/Politikens Hus A/S. Retrieved 15 October 2018.
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  25. ^ Brøndum, Christian (16 February 2013). "Flyvevåbnets chef stod til degradering". berlingske.dk. Berlingske Media. Retrieved 15 October 2018.
  26. ^ "Curriculum Vitae" (PDF). forsvaret.dk (in Danish). Retrieved 12 October 2018.
  27. ^ "Nye chefer for Marinestaben og Flyverstaben". fmn.dk (in Danish). Forsvarsministeriet. Retrieved 12 October 2018.

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