Major General Reinhard Trischak
Commander of the European Union Force in BiH
Major General Reinhard Trischak was born in Eisenstadt, Austria, in 1963. During his military career he participated in operations on the Golan Heights (UNDOF) and in Kosovo (KFOR).
Completing Command and General Staff College in both Austria and Fort Leavenworth, U.S.A. he also graduated from the Institut Universitaire des Hautes Etudes International in Geneva, Switzerland. In 2003 a period of service with the Austrian Special Forces as the Commanding Officer commenced. During this time as well as ensuring essential training and missions occured he was heavily involved in a fundamental restructure of the Special Operations Force element.
An advisory role to the Minister of Defence, the Chief of Defence, and the Strategic Director; as Branch Chief EU, Military Policy Division came next giving him a broad EU military and political context.
In 2005 a period of service in Brussels commenced as the Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff, Austrian Military representation. This posting involved Coordination of the Austrian contributions in Brussels to EU and NATO, mainly focussed on force planning and the Austrian EU presidency in the first semester of 2006.
Remaining in Brussels he moved roles into the position of Director, Concepts and Capabilities Directorate, EU Military Staff overseeing all areas of crisis management, policy and plans, doctrine and concepts, military capability development and training and exercises.
Taking on the role of Director Military Policy Division, Ministry of Defence, Austria in Jan 2009 he was involved in external and bilateral relations, disarmament and arms control and crisis management. He also had representation in a wide variety of international forums including the UN, EU, NATO PfP/EAPC and OSCE as well as acting as an advisor to the Minister of Defence and Chief of Defence.
Major General Reinhard Trischack’s publications and lectures mostly focus on military and security policy. He is married and lives in Eisenstadt with his wife and two children. On 26 June 2019 he takes over as the Commander EUFOR in Operation ALTHEA in Bosnia and Herzegovina.