The Joint Support Service (German: Streitkräftebasis, SKB, literally Armed Forces Foundation) is a branch of the German Bundeswehr established in October 2000 as a result of major reforms of the Bundeswehr. It handles various logistic and organisational tasks of the Bundeswehr. The SKB is the fifth component of the Bundeswehr, the other four being the Army, Navy, Air Force and the Joint Medical Service. As of December 2016, the force is composed of around 41,100 personnel.
Logo of the Streitkräftebasis
|Active||1 October 2000|
|Size||41,092 personnel (16 December 2016)|
|March||"Marsch der Streikräftebasis"|
|Inspector||Generalleutnant Martin Schelleis (German Air Force)|
|Deputy Inspector||Generalleutnant Peter Bohrer (German Air Force)|
|Chief of Staff||Generalmajor Jürgen Setzer (German Army)|
|Manfred Nielson, Wolfram Kühn|
Unlike the similar British Defence Logistics Organisation and the Australian Department of Defence's Support Command Australia, Germany's current military environment has led to a number of combat-associated commands being allotted to it, principally the small German territorial defence structure embodied in the four Wehrbereichskommandos (Military District Commands), and the national supervision of active German military operations beyond the NATO area, performed by the Einsatzführungskommando (Bundeswehr Operations Command), which is headquartered in Potsdam.
The WBK headquarters are in:
Each Military District Command controls several Landeskommandos (State Commands) due to the federal structure of Germany. Previously this function was carried out by the Verteidigungsbezirkskommandos (VBKs) or Military Region Commands (Defence District Commands). These command authorities are in charge of all military facilities in their area of responsibility and of several supporting regiments. The SKB was formed on the basis of the former IV (GE) Korps. Most of its remaining elements have been reassigned from the Central Military Agencies of the Bundeswehr, encompassing a wide range of logistics agencies, schools, and other support units.
The top command authorities are the Kommando Streitkräftebasis (Joint Support Service Command) which is in charge of numerous of command and control roles. The Streitkräfteamt (Armed Forces Office) directs all schools, training and research centres, the Military Counterintelligence Service (Militärischer Abschirmdienst), and the Bundeswehr's higher academies and universities.
The Military Academy of the German Armed Forces (German: Führungsakademie der Bundeswehr, FüAkBw) is the General Staff College (Senior Military Academy) of the German armed forces, the Bundeswehr, established in 1957 as the successor of the Prussian Military Academy, founded in 1810. Since 1958 it is located in Hamburg. Its motto is "Mens agitat molem", "Mind moves Matter". Being the leading educational institution of the German armed forces, the academy is internationally renowned for its excellence. The academy educates the future elite of not only the German armed forces but also of other member states of the European Union and the NATO.