Major General Martin Dorfer

Major General Martin Dorfer Commander of the European Union Force in BiH

Major General Martin Dorfer joined the Austrian Armed Forces in 1985 and graduated from the Military Academy as an Infantry Officer in 1990. During his early career he served as Company Commander, as an instructor at the Military Academy, and as a Chief Operations Officer for the 1st Infantry Brigade.

He undertook several training roles following further staff courses at the Austrian Armed Forces War College. In 2006, he became the General Staff Officer responsible for Strategic Leadership at the National Defence Academy and later he became Deputy Commanding Officer of the Armed Forces School.

A period of service in Vienna began in 2008 when he was assigned to the Defence Staff and worked in a variety of positions. He was appointed the Director of the Armament Policy Division following his promotion to Brigadier General in 2014. He later served as a Military Adviser and Chief of Staff within the Cabinet of the Federal Minister of Defence and Sports.

He was promoted to Major General in July 2017 when he was appointed as the Director of the Current Operations Directorate in the Directorate General Operations within the Defence Staff in Vienna.

His career has included many international postings, including time with the United Nations as a team leader in the UN Truce Supervision Organisation in the Middle East and UN Disengagement Observer Force in Syria as Deputy Force Commander. He is a graduate of the UN Staff Officers’ Course, the US Joint Forces Staff College, the NATO Staff Officers’ Course SHAPE and the European Security and Defence College.

Major General Dorfer has already served in Bosnia and Herzegovina as part of IFOR/SFOR in 1997. He returns to the region from March 2018 in the position of Commander EUFOR in Operation ALTHEA.