The high command of the Armed Forces encompasses the Chief of Defence and the Chief of Defence Staff, who are based in the Defence Command in Copenhagen.
Chief of Defence, General Flemming Lentfer. Photo: Sara Skytte.
The current Chief of Defence is Flemming Lentfer. He holds the rank of general and has been Chief of Defence since December 1. 2020.
Kenneth Pedersen has been Chief of the Defence Staff since 2019. He holds the rank of lieutenant general and - together with the Chief of Defence – he is part of the high command of the Armed Forces.
Other high-command officers
Chief of Joint Operations:
Major General Michael Wiggers Hyldgaard
Chief of Plans and Capabilities:
Major General Anders Rex
Commander, Army Command:
Major General Gunner Arpe Nielsen
Admiral Danish Fleet, Royal Danish Navy Command:
Rear Admiral Torben Mikkelsen
Commander, Air Command:
Major General Jan Dam
Commander, Joint Arctic Command:
Rear Admiral Martin la Cour-Andersen
Commander, Special Operations Command:
Major General Peter Boysen
Director Executive Office:
Commodore Bo Overgaard
Commander of the Royal Danish Defence College:
Rear Admiral Henrik Ryberg
Commander of the Danish Defence Maintenance Agency:
Commodore Per Hesselberg
Commander of the Danish Armed Forces Health Services:
Surgeon General Sten Hulgaard