Brigadier General Stefan Scheibl was appointed Commander of the German Air Force Officer School at Fürstenfeldbruck on 10 August 2020.
He started serving in the German Air Force in 1983. He graduated from NATO pilot training at Sheppard AFB, Texas in 1989 which was followed by a succession of operational tours (FBW 43 and TRW 51). After a tour lecturing Air Warfare at the German Federal Armed Forces Command and Staff College, he was appointed Commander of Operations Group TRW 51. Staff appointments have included the MoD as Departmental Advisor Chief of Air Staff (Doctrine and Operation); Department 1st Air Division as Head of Operations; and in the Chief of Federal Armed Forces Staff as an advisor for Concept and Transformation of the Bundeswehr. As Station Commander of GAF Lagerlechfeld for almost four years, he commanded Fighter Bomber Wing 32, flying the Tornado ECR. He became Deputy Commander and Director Command Group of the German Air Force Officer School in October 2013 after a short tour as its Head of the Academic Branch. Thereafter, he assumed duties in the MoD Directorate Strategy and Operations as Chief of Branch Military Policy and Operations Maghreb/Middle East from 2014 until 2017. After a tour as Director Flying Operations at the German Air Force Forces Command, he went on to be Deputy Director of the European Air Group, High Wycombe, UK in 2018.
Education and training include: reading Educational Sciences at University of the German Federal Armed Forces; the German General/Admiral Staff Officer Course; the Higher Command and Staff Course at the Joint Services Command and Staff College, Shrivenham, UK; and the DEU Armed Forces Capstone Course.
BrigGen Scheibl is a command pilot, with more than 2,100 flying hours. He has seen operational service in the former Yugoslavia and in Afghanistan, where he commanded the Operational Wing Mazar-e Sharif and served as Base Commander.
The organisation of the GAFOS shows the Commander at its head and directly assigned advisory elements like the Liaison Officers, the advisors for legal affairs or the chaplains.
Support to the commander is provided by the the School Staff. It includes the Didactics Group with all teachers and trainers of the GAFOS. The Support Group is responsible for central logistic tasks for the whole garrison in Fuerstenfeldbruck.
The subordinate units are divided into two divisions, each commanded by a Full Colonel.
The First Training Division with five Training Squadrons is primarily conducting the officers course part I for up to 600 Line Officer Cadets (7-month-course).
The Second Training Division is in charge of a variety of courses:
All in all, the GAFOS trains about 2.600 cadets and officers per year.
The curricula shows topics from basic military and leadership skills, law (national military law up to human rights in armed conflict), basic knowledge in air command & control to jointness and combinedness in armed forces. The teaching is competence oriented and aims at two main fields of vision: Personality & Professional Evolution and Leadership & Teamwork.
In 1993 the European Air Chiefs Conference (EURAC) was established with the main objective finding new methods of study and co-operation among European Air Forces – within and out of NATO. In this context a considerable importance has been given for a common vision in the ways of education and formation of future officers
Consequently the European Air Force Academies (EUAFA) Commanders’ Conference has been established as a forum of experts in order to exchange information, co-operate and identify areas of common interest to carry out activities, with the largest possible participation of all the member nations, in the field of officer education and training.
EUAFA mission is to encourage mutual education through the sharing of information on officer training by promoting academic and military exchanges concerning cadet and instructor training.
The (EUAFA) Commandants’ Conference comprises of the Commandants of the Air Force Academies of the following European countries:
AUSTRIA, BELGIUM, CZECH REPUBLIK, DENMARK, FINLAND, FRANCE, GERMANY, GREECE, HUNGARY, IRELAND, ITALY, NETHERLANDS, NORWAY, POLAND, PORTUGAL, ROMANIA, SPAIN, SWEDEN, SWITZERLAND, TURKEY, UNITED KINGDOM.
The members of the conference annually elect a Chairman, who is responsible for the preparation of the meetings and who acts as Point of Contact (POC) for all members.
The Chairman, who is appointed for one year for the period between two Commandants’ Conferences, is the Commandant (or his representative) of the Academy that is designated to host the conference at the end of his term.
In order to find common elements within the syllabi of the EUAFAs a Working Group was established in 1998. The ultimate goal was to identify portions of the individual training and education programs that might be suitable for common training and/or mutual exchanges
The EUAFA Working Group is responsible for the following tasks: view the member nations syllabi and focus on common fields within which to provide a basis for future co-operation in training and cadet exchanges; gather, update and disseminate the Databank (available at the website, and updated by the appropriate Working Group member) containing:
In order to achieve a better understanding regarding main areas of training in each country’s officer training syllabus and from which common areas of interest could be found: