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First paragraph of the articleSuperior of all soldiers and cabinet member

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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.

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.

Kramp-Karrenbauer next to von der Leyen

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

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 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 speaking with soldiers

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

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.

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