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Colonel (GS) Carsten Treder

Military Professor, Course Director, Program on Applied Security Studies (PASS)
George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies

Colonel Treder is a military professor at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. He joined the George C. Marshall Center in May 2017 and is the Course Director of the Program on Applied Security Studies (PASS), the institute’s longest and most comprehensive resident program.

Col. Treder earned his Master’s Degree in Economic and Organizational Sciences at the Federal Armed Forces University (today: Helmut-Schmidt-Universität) in Hamburg, Germany. He then conducted his initial weapons training at the German Army Aviation Training Center in Bückeburg, Germany. He flew Alouette II, BO-105 and UH 1D and has a total of 1.400 flying hours.

After attending the 39th Command and General Staff Officer’s Course at the Federal Armed Forces Command and Staff College in Hamburg, Germany, Col. Treder served as G4 HQ 41st Armoured Infantry Brigade “Vorpommern” at Eggesin. During this time, he also served as G3 Multi-National Brigade SOUTH, KFOR, Prizren, Kosovo in 1999.

In the following assignments he became Planning Staff Officer, Bundeswehr Operations Command, Potsdam, and Commander of the 61st Army Aviation Battalion, “Hungriger Wolf." In 2002, he once again deployed to Kosovo as Commander Joint Army Aviation Battalion, KFOR. Thereafter, he was assigned Head of German Exchange Officers at US/GE V Corps in Heidelberg, Germany.

Recently, he had two consecutive assignments in the German MoD, Bonn, followed by an assignment as Planning Staff Officer at U.S. CENTCOM (CCJ5 – Combined Planning Group) in Tampa, Florida and thereafter Head of the German Army Liaison Detachment to HQ USAREUR, Heidelberg, Germany.

Prior to his current assignment, Col. Treder was Head of the German Army Liaison Staff to the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center, Fort Leavenworth, USA.

Col. Treder is a recipient of the Cross of Honor in Bronze of the Federal Armed Forces, the NATO Medal for Service with NATO Operations in Relation to Kosovo (1999 and 2002), the Federal Armed Forces Medal for Service with NATO Operations in Relation to Kosovo (1999 and 2002), the Army Commendation Medal of the United States Army (2005), the Joint Service Commendation Medal (2013), Legion of Merit (2014), the U.S. Army Meritorious Medal (2017) and the Cross of Honor in Gold of the Federal Armed Forces (2017).