Lieutenant General

Joachim 

Wundrak 

Executive Director, Joint Air Power Competence Centre (2012-2018)

Lieutenant General Wundrak took over Command of the former German Air Force Air Operations ­Command Kalkar in April 2012, before it was renamed and restructured into the German Air Operations Command in July 2013. Lieutenant General Wundrak holds a dual-hatted position at Kalkar as he also is the Executive Director of the NATO Joint Air Power ­Competence Centre.

Lieutenant General Wundrak, born in Buir (Kerpen), North Rhine-Westphalia, joined the Air Force in 1974 and was trained in Ground Defence before joining the ranks as a career pilot. Following numerous postings in the flying community, to include Commander, Air Transport Wing 62 in Wunstorf, he was appointed to Branch Chief, and later, Deputy Chief of Staff at the Federal Ministry of Defence until 2006.

From 2006 to 2008 Lieutenant General Wundrak was assigned as Deputy Director, European Air Group at High Wycombe, UK followed by two tours in operations as Chief of Staff, German EUFOR Contingent and Deputy Chief of Staff, Air ISAF. He was the Deputy Commander German Air Force Command from July 2009 until he assumed command at Kalkar/Uedem.

Lieutenant General Wundrak logged more than 3,000 flight hours in ­multiple aircraft such as the B-33, B-90, Do 28, Transall C-160 and UH-1D Helicopter. He holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from the Armed Forces University, Munich. He was awarded the German Armed Forces ­Silver Cross of Honour, the EUFOR Service Medal and the ISAF Service Medal.

Information provided is current as of October 2017

From the Author

Joint Air Power Following the 2016 Warsaw Summit

Urgent Priorities
By Dr 
Hans 
Binnendijk 
By Gen 
Frank 
Gorenc 
By Lt Gen 
Frederik H. 
Meulman 
By Lt Gen 
Friedrich W. 
Ploeger 
By Lt Gen 
Pasquale 
Preziosa 
By Lt Gen 
Joachim 
Wundrak 
NATO is facing an increasingly diverse, unpredictable and demanding ­security environment, ‘an arc of insecurity and instability along NATO’s ­periphery and beyond’. In recent times this has led to a range of steps by NATO [...]

Introduction

By Lt Gen 
Frederik H. 
Meulman 
By Lt Gen 
Joachim 
Wundrak 
References A – Wales Summit Declaration, 5 September 2014. B  – BI-SC Final Report on Joint Air Power capabilities, SH / PLANS / JCAP / FT / 15-311417, 7 December 2015. C – Warsaw Summit Communiqué, 9 July 2016. D – NATO Strategic Concept ‘Active Engagement – Modern Defence’, [...]

Executive Summary and Key Recommendations

By Dr 
Hans 
Binnendijk 
By Gen 
Frank 
Gorenc 
By Lt Gen 
Frederik H. 
Meulman 
By Lt Gen 
Friedrich W. 
Ploeger 
By Lt Gen 
Pasquale 
Preziosa 
By Lt Gen 
Joachim 
Wundrak 
The 2016 Warsaw Summit Declaration, as the most current expression by the Heads of State and Government (HOS / G) of key contemporary security concerns and focus areas, is clear in its statements: ‘the Alliance faces a [...]

If We Are Not Talking About Air, Who Else Will?

10 Years of the JAPCC
By Lt Gen 
Joachim 
Wundrak 
With this journal issue, the Joint Air Power Competence Centre (JAPCC) celebrates its 10th anniversary. The JAPCC was and has been, since its accreditation in 2005, the first and largest NATO Centre of Excellence (CoE). [...]

Joint Air & Space Power Conference 2015 Read Ahead

Air Power and Strategic Communications - NATO Challenges for the Future
The Joint Air Power Competence Centre (JAPCC) welcomes you to attend our 2015 Air and Space Power Conference in Essen, Germany, from 23 to 25 November 2015. The JAPCC is an accredited NATO Centre of [...]

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