Chief of the Armed Forces (Switzerland)

The Chief of the Armed Forces (German: Chef der Armee (CdA); French: Chef de l'armée) commands the Swiss Armed Forces in time of peace and reports directly to the head of the Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sports and to the Swiss Federal Council. The position was established in 2004.

Chief of the Armed Forces of Switzerland
German: Chef der Armee
French: Chef de l'armée
Incumbent
Lt Gen Philippe Rebord

since 1 January 2017
Federal Department of Defence
Reports toHead of the Department of Defence
PrecursorGeneral Staff
Formation1 January 2004
First holderLt Gen Christophe Keckeis

History

Until the end of 2003, the highest level of command in the Swiss Armed forces was held by the General Staff, led by the Chief of the General Staff as primus inter pares. Together with other reforms of the Armed Forces (Armee XXI), the position of Chief of the Armed Forces was introduced. Christophe Keckeis became the first Chief of the Armed Forces, having already served as Chief of the General Staff since January 2003.

General information

The Chief of the Armed Forces is elected by the Federal Council and holds the rank of Korpskommandant (Three-star rank, equivalent to Lieutenant general). He leads the Swiss Armed Forces in time of peace. Only in time of war, a commander-in-chief of the rank of General (four-star rank) is elected by the Federal Assembly.

List of Chiefs of the Armed Forces

No. Chief of DefenceTook officeLeft officeTime in officeDefence branch
1
Keckeis, ChristopheLt Gen.
Christophe Keckeis
(born 1945)
1 January 200431 December 20073 years, 364 daysArmy
2
Nef, RolandLt Gen.
Roland Nef
(born 1959)
1 January 200821 July 2008202 daysArmy
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Blattmann, AndréLt Gen.
André Blattmann
(born 1956)
Acting
21 July 200828 February 2009222 daysAir Force
3
Blattmann, AndréLt Gen.
André Blattmann
(born 1956)
1 March 200931 December 20167 years, 305 daysAir Force
4
Rebord, PhilippeLt Gen.
Philippe Rebord
(born 1957)
1 January 2017Incumbent2 years, 339 daysArmy
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