Air Commodore Paul Herber
Assistant Director of the Joint Air Power Competence Centre
Air Commodore Paul Herber started his military career as a conscript in 1985 as a Battery Control Officer, Short Range Air Defence. For six years he held a variety of positions in Ground Based Air Defence (Flycatcher, HAWK) at Volkel Air Base at squadron level. As a captain, he then completed an extensive list of trainings and diversified his specialties. Consequently, his career swiftly changed to Planning and Control, and he became Chief of ICT Policy and Business Administration at Soesterberg Air Force Base, the Netherlands.
In 2003, he was sent on a tour as helicopter detachment commander in Bosnia. Upon completion of the tour, he worked for two years at Royal Netherlands Air Force Headquarters in the Hague in the department of Policy and Plans. As a major, he completed the Higher Staff Course at the Netherlands Defence Academy. He was then appointed Chief of Staff at Volkel Air Force Base. In a way, this was his home base as he returned many times in different positions to lead at Volkel Air Force Base.
He was appointed as Chief of Staff at the Netherlands Defence Academy in 2009. To Colonel Herber, this was one of the most inspiring and vibrant environments he experienced within his Defence positions. After spending three years at the academy, he was transferred to the Defence Staff in the Hague as Chief of Staff CFO at the Ministry of Defence. Soon thereafter he was appointed as Commander of the Netherlands Defence Security Organization, leading more than 1,600 employees until August 31, 2017. It was during this period that the colonel completed his Senior and Higher Senior Management Course.
On September 1, 2017, Paul Herber was promoted to Air Commodore and appointed Netherlands Defence Attaché to the United States of America at the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Washington, D.C. In September 2021 he was appointed as Assistant Director Joint Air Power Competence Centre at Kalkar Germany.
Air Commodore Paul Herber is a sportsman, but terrible at golf. Still, he remains optimistic that he can lower his handicap while in Germany. He is married to Diana, and they have two daughters who reside in the Netherlands.