Martin Schelleis

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Martin Richard Schelleis (born 15 October 1959 in Düren) is a German Lieutenant General of the German Air Force and Inspector of the Armed Forces Base.[1][2]

Military career

Training and first uses

Schelleis joined the Bundeswehr in 1978 as an officer candidate. After basic training in Roth, officer training followed at the Air Force Officer Training School in Fürstenfeldbruck. From 1979 to 1983, he studied business and organizational sciences (WOW) at the University of the Federal Armed Forces in Munich. The degree in business administration was followed by pilot training at Sheppard AFB, USA, Fürstenfeldbruck, at the Tri-National Tornado Training Establishment in Cottesmore, UK, and in Jever on the Panavia Tornado aircraft type from 1983 to 1986. From 1986 to 1991 several assignments followed at the fighter-bomber squadron 32, Lechfeld. From 1991 to 1993 followed the assignment as squadron captain and flight instructor, with the 1st squadron of the fighter-bomber squadron 38, Jever.

General staff training and service as staff officer

After attending the 38th General Staff Service Officer Course at the Bundeswehr Command and Staff College in Hamburg from 1993 to 1995, Schelleis was assigned as Staff Officer Planning, Combined Joint Planning Staff at SHAPE, Mons in Belgium. In 1997, Schelleis was transferred to the Air Force Joint Staff, Federal Ministry of Defence (Fü L II 1), Bonn, as an officer, followed by another ministerial assignment in 1999 as an officer, Planning Staff, BMVg Berlin. In 2001, Schelleis again received a troop assignment as Deputy Commodore of Fighter Bomber Squadron 33, Büchel, which was followed by his appointment as Commodore of JaboG 33 in 2002. During this time, Schelleis also became Commodore of Operations Squadron 2 and Commander of Kabul International Airport (AFG) as part of the ISAF mission. This was followed by an assignment as Deputy Division Head J5 at Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum, Brunssum (NLD) from 2006 to 2009. This period (2007-2008) also saw the second ISAF deployment to the Chief Information Coordination Branch at HQ ISAF, Kabul, AFG.

General Uses

From 2009 to 2012, Schelleis became Head of Staff Division for Air Force Concept, Command and Control (StAL Fü L III) at the BMVg, Bonn. During this time, Schelleis was also tasked with heading the Bundeswehr Structural Reform Task Force, before becoming Head of Staff Organisation and Revision at the BMVg in April 2012. On 29 April 2013, on the occasion of a handover roll call at JaboG 31, Major General Martin Schelleis succeeded Peter Schelzig as Commander of the LwFüKdo in Cologne-Wahn. On 25 June 2013, the Luftwaffe Joint Forces Command was disbanded (effective 30 June 2013) and the new Luftwaffe Task Forces Command was commissioned (effective 1 July 2013), and Schelleis became its first and only commander.[3] This was followed by his promotion to lieutenant general on 27 August 2013. After the dissolution of Einsatzverbände Luftwaffe, he became Commanding General and first commander of the Air Force Troop Command on 1 July 2015. He handed over the command to Helmut Schütz on 24 September 2015. Schelleis has been Inspector of the Armed Forces Base since 6 October 2015.


Schelleis is married and the father of two children.

Web links

Commons: Martin Schelleis– Collection of images

Individual references

  1. Ralf Wilke:All the best, Admiral!In: Armed Forces Base. Bundeswehr, 7 October 2015, retrieved 7 October 2015.
  2. Thomas Erken:Change of leadership at the Air Force Troop Command.In: Bundeswehr, 24 September 2015, retrieved on 24 September 2015.
  3. German Air Force:New commander for the Air Force, 29 April 2013, retrieved 16 May 2013.