I have been in the Navy since 1991 and started a volunteer career as a Petty Officer. However, I soon switched for an Officer career. Up to now, I have served in different posts in the North and South of Germany. I have deployed twice to South Sudan as a Military Observer and have been on different deployments with NATO as an Officer of the Watch and Commanding Officer of a Minehunter. Additionally, I was Company Commander of the German Clearance Diving Unit. Before I came to STRIKFORNATO, I served 10 years in the Training and Exercise Branch of Multinational Joint Headquarters (MNJHQ) Ulm and Joint Support and Enabling Command (JSEC).
One of my passions is to meet different people, with different backgrounds and different experiences from all over the world."
If I had to describe myself in three words… quite difficult… but I would say, reliable, always a smile on my face and motivating.
My hobbies are sports, running, surfing (absolute beginner), swimming, Boot Camp, reading, touring on my motorcycle (for several years, I have annually embarked on 2-3 week tours with two friends), and exploring my new home country. My hidden talent could be, to always be calm and relaxed, especially when interacting with my daughter, who is sometimes a difficult teenager.
I really enjoy my life and I am very thankful for the opportunity to be here in Portugal at STRIKFORNATO. One of my passions is to meet different people, with different backgrounds and different experiences from all over the world.
Growing up, I never intended to join the armed forces. During my youth, I had different ideas of what to do with my life (locomotive driver, photographer, journalist, doctor). Before joining the Navy, I was doing vocational training as a photographer and worked in this business for several months.
But, it all transpired completely differently. When I joined the Navy, we still had a conscript service in Germany, so I decided to spend four years and earn some money before I start my serious life. It ended up different than expected. I really liked it, starting with basic training and I soon decided to switch to the officer career path that I am still in now. I found my dream job and I am still motivated every morning to go to the office. For sure, there were also bad times and the motivation was not so high but, most of the time, more than 90%, I had a very good time. Additionally, the military life gave me a lot of chances to visit new countries and meet people. Especially during my time on board of Minehunters, I had the possibility of experiencing many different cultures from the north of Europe down to the Gulf Area.
For me, it is not imaginable to think about what I would have done if I had not joined the military. Most probably, I would do something where I could help other people… maybe a medical job or working with organizations like the United Nations or a Non-Governmental Organization.