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Alexander Schnitger
Born November 3, 1958(1958-11-03) (age 64)
Place of birth Rotterdam, South-Holland, The Netherlands.
Allegiance  The Netherlands
Service/branch Royal Netherlands Air Force
Years of service 1979–present
Rank Nl-luchtmacht-luitenant generaal.svgLieutenant General
Commands held Royal Netherlands Air Force
Volkel Air Base
315 Squadron
Battles/wars Operation Deny Flight
Operation Allied Force

Alexander Schnitger is a general in the Royal Netherlands Air Force and currently serves as its executive commander.


Schnitger received his military education at the Military Academy in Breda. He continued his training at Sheppard Air Force Base and received his wing in March 1984. Back home in the Netherlands he was appointed pilot at the 314 squadron at Eindhoven Airport. In 1988 he was the team lead of 'Double Dutch' the NF-5 demoteam of the Royal Netherlands Air Force at that time. In 1990 he was trained for the F-16 and assigned to the 312 squadron at Volkel Air Base.

In 2001 he was appointed as Planner of the Ministry of Defence (Netherlands). In this capacity he was involved in major restructuring operation of the Dutch Armed Forces. In 2004 he was Director of Operations in the CAOC in Germany being promoted to the rank of colonel.

Schnitger was appointed Commander of Volkel Air Base in 2005. Three years later, in 2008, he was promoted Air commodore and appointed Director of Operations at the Air Force Staff of the Royal Netherlands Air Force. His appointment as Director of Operational Needs, Policy and Planning Division at the Ministry of Defence (Netherlands) followed in December 2009 while being promoted Major General.

He assumed the post of Commander of the Royal Netherlands Air Force on March 9, 2012 being promoted to Lieutenant General.[1]


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