Major General Alexander Platzer

was born in Salzburg, Austria, in 1963. Following completion of training in the Theresian Military Academy he was commissioned as an officer in the Austrian Armoured Corps. Subsequent postings have seen Major General Platzer serve in various operational and strategic positions within the Austrian Armed Forces. 

He was appointed Head of Planning and Nucleus Staff in the Austrian Land Forces School, commanded the 1st Infantry Brigade and was head of Division for the Austrian Armed Forces Security Agency.

Additional appointments include Staff Officer in the Austrian Ministry of Defence Organisations Division, Chief of Staff to the Austrian Minister of Defence, Chief of Staff of Land Forces Command and Commander of Joint Support Command. Furthermore, Major General Platzer served as Chief Operations Officer and National Contingent Commander with the United Nations Forces in Cyprus (UNIFCYP).

In addition to his qualifications from the Theresian Military Academy, Major General Platzer’s military qualifications include the International UN Staff Officer’s Course and the Austrian Command and General Staff Officer’s Course. Major General Platzer’s civilian qualifications include an M.Phil in Political Science and M.Phil in Individual Studies, both from the University of Vienna.

Major General Platzer is married and lives with his wife and three children in Vienna. On 14 January 2021 he takes over as the Commander EUFOR in Operation ALTHEA in Bosnia and Herzegovina.