Resolute Support Mission Chief of Staff
Lt. Gen. Alfons Mais (DEU)
Lieutenant General Alfons Mais joined the Army of the German Armed Forces in 1981 as Army Aviation Officer Candidate.
Immediately prior to his current assignment as fifth Chief of Staff HQ Resolute Support, Lt. Gen. Mais served as Chief of Staff German Army HQ, relying on Chief of Staff experience on Brigade level (1998-2000) and Divison level (2009-2010).
His previous assignments include command positions within the Army Aviation Branch from Company commander (1989-1991) up to Brigade commander. As commander of the Aviation Transport Helicopter Battalion 101 (2000-2002) he commanded in 2001 a German joint Aviation Task Force in NATOs KFOR mission in Kosovo. During his assignment as commander of the Airmobile Brigade 1 (2011-2013) he deployed for six months to Afghanistan and served as DCOS Security at Regional Command North in Mazar-e Sharif.
Lt. Gen. Mais gained ministerial experience in three assignments to the DEU Ministry of Defence within the Joint Staff and finally in the Army Staff, where he served as Army Branch Chief for Plans & Policy and International Affairs (2010-2011).
Multinational assignments include a previous deployment as CJ2 Plans & Policy at HQ SFOR (1999) and as Military Advisor to the German Permanent Representation to the EU in Brussels (2006-2008) dealing with EU/NATO capability issues.
Lt. Gen. Mais was twice assigned in training and leadership development as class teacher in the General Staff Officer Course (2002-2004) and as commander of the Army Aviation Centre / Director of Army Aviation (2013-2014).
Lt. Gen. Mais has a diploma in Economic Science from the University of the Bundeswehr Hamburg (1985), attended the 37th General Staff Officer Course (1994-1996) and was a member of the 2006 High Level Course at the Federal Security Politics College in Berlin.
In 2017, Lt. Gen. Mais attended the Senior Executive Seminar on National & International Security Policy at Harvard Kennedy School in Cambridge/Boston (MA).
Lt. Gen. Mais awards and decorations include the NATO Medal for operations in Bosnia & Herzegovina (SFOR), Kosovo (KFOR) and Afghanistan (ISAF), the golden Bundeswehr Cross of Honour and the golden Command Pilot Badge.