Biography Lieutenant Colonel (DEU AF) Markus Werther

Biography LtCol (DEU AF) Markus Werther
Deputy Director and Chief of Staff NATO Command & Control Centre of Excellence (NATO C2COE)

LtCol Markus Werther (Linnich, 1963) did his basic military service with the German Armed Forces in 1983 and served as an athlete in a sports promotion section. Subsequently, he started his career as an Air Force officer. After successful completion of the training, he had several assignments within the security squadron of Missile Wing 2 in Geilenkirchen. He was promoted to become an officer in the summer of 1987.

His first assignment within the area of Information Activities of the Bundeswehr was at the German Air Force Exhibition “Unsere Luftwaffe” in 1988, where he served as press officer.

A special challenge for him was the period from 1990 -1993, when he became the first full-time youth officer in Strausberg immediately after the reunification of the two parts of Germany. He was part there of the HQ Air Force/Air Defence Preparation Staff, 5th Air Division, i.e. HQ 5th Air Division as of 1st April 1991.

After assignments as the Head of Security Squadron “N”, Fighter Bomber Wing 31 “BOELCKE”, as Aide at the German Armed Forces Command United States and Canada in Washington D.C. and as Senior Personnel Officer, Signal Regiment 12, he once again ended up working in the area of Information Activities in 2001, this time as Section Chief, Press and Public Relations, and Spokesman of the Commander at the Joint Support Command.

Until 2013, he served in diverse assignments as spokesman and section chief at major command level within the German Air Force and Joint Support Service. During this time, he also served in two ISAF deployments in Mazar-e-Sharif/AFG as the Head of Public Affairs, Regional Command North, and Spokesman for the German Contingent. After his subsequent, three-year assignment as Section Chief, Armed Forces Office, where he was responsible for MWR matters across the Bundeswehr, he found his way to the NATO Command and Control Centre of Excellence in Utrecht, where he has been the Deputy Director and Chief of Staff now since April 2016.

Lt Col Werther used to be married and has two adult daughters, Ann-Kathrin (25) and Corinne Maria (22), as well as one stepson, Joshua (22).

His hobbies are riding his motorbike or mountain bike, skiing, and reading relaxing literature of the most diverse genres. Every now and then, he can also be found at the gym. He also likes to explore the surroundings of his place of residence, Nieuwegein.

Despite all the temptations the Dutch cuisine has on offer, he prefers “Semmelknödel” (bread dumplings) in different culinary environments, preferably together with his family, including two tomcats, at the kitchen table at home.

1987    Second Lieutenant
1989    First Lieutenant
1993    Captain
1999    Major
2002    Lieutenant Colonel