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First paragraph of the articleSuperior of all soldiers and cabinet member

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Minister Kramp-Karrenbauer embraces a soldier at the air base in Wunstorf

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer greets brigadier Jens Arlt German troop commander during the evacuation out of Kabul when he returns to Germany.

Minister Kramp-Karrenbauer speaks to soldiers at the airport in Tashkent

In Uzbek Tashkent, the Federal Minister asks the soldiers about the military evacuation operation out of Afghanistan they were part of.

Minister Kramp-Karrenbauer stands with soldiers on a street covered with mud and water

Bundeswehr is helping after the flood disaster. Soldiers employed near Erftstadt brief Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer on the cleanup.

Annegret Kramp Karrenbauer and a soldier in front of a loading ramp.

On UN mission: More than 900 German blue helmets are deployed in Mali. At the beginning of July 2021, the Federal Minister of Defence visits the troops in Gao.

Kramp-Karrenbauer stands next to Lloyd Austin at the reception at the Pentagon entrance

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer visits her counterpart Lloyd Austin in Washington.

Minister Kramp-Karrenbauer in conversation with a soldier

Minister’s surprise visit to Afghanistan: A soldier informs Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer about his tasks during deployment.

Minister Kramp-Karrenbauer crouches next to an elderly lady in a wheelchair

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer visits a retirement home in Berlin-Köpenick. When tackling the corona pandemic Bundeswehr has provided administrative assistance.

Minister Kramp-Karrenbauer in a survival suit on board of the U-34

Federal Minister of Defence on board of U 34 when visiting first submarine squadron

Minister Kramp-Karrenbauer walks with an umbrella next to a man at the airport

Guest in Bulgaria: The Federal Minister of Defence tries to get Central and Eastern Europe to further deepen the cooperation within EU and NATO before Germany’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2020.

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer at the lectern at the Munich Security Conference

At the 56th Munich Security Conference (MSCMunich Security Conference) at the Bayerischer Hof hotel, Federal Minister of Defence Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer called upon everybody on February 14 to defend the ,,idea of the West“.

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer watching paramedics administer first aid

Inaugural visit: The Minister of Defence, Annegret Kamp-Karrenbauer, getting a personal impression of the work of the paramedical squad foreign missions in Frankenberg, Saxony.

Kramp-Karrenbauer speaking with soldiers

The Minister of Defence, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, during her visitation of the German troop contingent at Camp Stephan in Erbil, Iraq.

Kramp-Karrenbauer next to soldiers

After having been sworn in, the Minister of Defence visited the troops in Celle in order to gain an impression of the soldiers´ training.

Kramp-Karrenbauer is sworn in by Federal President Wolfgang Schäuble.

Responsible for the future of the Bundeswehr: Annegret Kamp-Karrenbauer is sworn in by Wolfgang Schäuble, the President of the German Bundestag.

Kramp-Karrenbauer next to von der Leyen

For Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, it is the first office as a minister at federal level.

Kramp-Karrenbauer and von der Leyen walking next to soldiers

Together, the former and the newly appointed Minister of Defence walk alongside the Guard Battalion´s Honorary Formation.

Kramp-Karrenbauer next to soldiers

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer intends to emphasise that security and defence are of highest priority.

Portrait of Kramp-Karrenbauer

As the Federal Minister of Defence, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer is the supreme superior of all soldiers and holds the power to command the armed forces during times of peace.

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