Joint Support Service (Germany)

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Joint Support Service
Logo of the Joint Support Service
Logo of the Joint Support Service
Active 1 October 2000
Country Germany
Size 27,840 (April 2020)[1]
Joint Support Service Command Hardthöhe
March Marsch der Streikräftebasis[2]
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
A Feldjäger MP patrol vehicle

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 five being the Army, Navy, Air Force , the Joint Medical Service and Cyber and Information Domain Service (Germany). As of April 2020, the force is composed of 27,840 personnel.[1]


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,[clarification needed] 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)[clarification needed] 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 Militärischer Abschirmdienst (Military Counterintelligence Service), and the Bundeswehr's higher academies and universities.


Logistic Command[edit]

Military Police Command[edit]

CBRN-defense Command[edit]

  • ABCAbwKdoBw.gif Bundeswehr CBRN-defense Command, in Bruchsal
    • SABCAbwGSchAufg.png CBRN-defense and Legal Protection Tasks School, in Sonthofen
    • ABCAbwBtl 7.jpg 7th CBRN-defense Battalion, in Höxter
    • ABCAbwRgt 750.jpg 750th CBRN-defense Battalion, in Bruchsal

Territorial Tasks Command[edit]

Armed Forces Office[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Aktuelle Personalzahlen der Bundeswehr [Current personnel numbers of the Federal Defence]". Retrieved 28 May 2020.
  2. ^ Kirschner, Claus-Dieter (1 October 2010). "Der große Erfolg von Gerhard Fetzer". Heidenheimer Zeitung (in German).
  3. ^ "Organisation Streitkräftebasis". Bundeswehr. Retrieved 19 July 2018.

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