The Strategic Importance of the Northern Region of Afghanistan: A German Perspective

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Major General Hans-Werner FritzA lecture by Major General Hans-Werner Fritz, recently commander of ISAF Regional Command North, Afghanistan.

Major General Fritz will share his experience as an ISAF Regional Commander in Mazar-i-Sharif, northern Afghanistan. In his lecture, he will highlight the strategic importance of the northern region for Afghanistan as a whole; explain the special nature of commanding a multinational staff comprising sixteen nations and of working alongside Afghan security forces. Major General Fritz will focus on developments in the Afghan Local Police and Reintegration Programmes and discuss the challenges faced by soldiers serving in Afghanistan.

Major General Hans-Werner Fritz began his career in the German Bundeswehr as an officer candidate with Tank Battalion 314 in Oldenburg in 1973 and completed assignments as a tank platoon leader and tank company commander. Between 1985 and 1987, he participated in the 28th General Staff Course at the Bundeswehr Command and Staff College in Hamburg. In 1989 he completed a one year general staff course at the Army Staff College in Camberley. He returned to the UK in 1998 as a participant in the 11th Higher Command and Staff Course at the Joint Services Command and Staff College. He subsequently served as an Army Attaché at the German Embassy in London. Major General Fritz assumed command of the Special Operations Division of the Bundeswehr on 10 January 2008. Between June 2010 and February 2011, he commanded ISAF Regional Command North in Afghanistan.

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