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Col. Axel Pfaffenroth

Deputy Commandant/Chief of Staff of the Baltic Defence College

Telephone: 372 717 6014
Email: axel.pfaffenroth@baltdefcol.org

Office: Deputy Commandant's Office


Since July 1, 2014 Colonel (GS) Axel Pfaffenroth is serving as the Deputy Commandant and Chief of Staff Baltic Defence College.

Colonel Pfaffenroth was born on November 2, 1959 in Neuwied/Rhine, Germany.

He started his military career as an Army officer candidate in the Jaeger (light infantry) branch and  graduated from the 47th Infantry Officer´s course at German Infantry School in Hammelburg, followed by university studies at Helmut-Schmidt-University, Hamburg.

After graduation in 1983, Colonel Pfaffenroth joined the Military Police Corps, where he served in various leadership and staff positions until 1989. From 1989 to 1991 he was student of the 34th General Staff Course at the Fuehrungsakademie in Hamburg. Subsequently he became J 1 Ops at German Army Forces Command, graduated from the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, USA and served as Assistant Military Attaché in Washington, D.C., USA. From 1999-2001 he was Commander of a Military Police Battalion in Mainz, followed by General Staff Officer assignments at the Ministry of Defence and the German Armed Forces Office in Bonn in the career field of personnel management and organization. Colonel Pfaffenroth was appointed German Defence Attaché to Finland and Estonia from 2010 to 2013. Prior to his current assignment at Baltic Defence College he served as German Staff Officer to NATO´s National Reserve Forces Committee (NRFC).

His operational assignments include deployments to Somalia and Afghanistan.

Colonel Pfaffenroth´s military education includes studies at the German Fuehrungsakademie, Hamburg and the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, his civilian education includes a master´s degree in social sciences from the Helmut-Schmidt-University, Hamburg.


Awards and decorations:

  • Golden Cross of Honour of the German Armed Forces
  • German Armed Forces Operations Medal
  • The Meritorious Service Medal (USA)
  • The Army Commendation Medal (USA)
  • NATO Non Article 5 Medal
  • Order of the White Rose, Knights Cross (FIN)
  • Defence Forces Meritorious Service Medal (EST)
  • Golden Badge of the Defence Minister (EST)


In addition to his native German language, Colonel Pfaffenroth speaks fluently English, French and basic Finnish.

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