Brigadier General Reinhard Ruckenstuhl was born in Vienna on 16 March 1966.
He joined the Austrian Armed Forces in 1984 and graduated as Second Lieutenant from the
Theresan Military Academy in Wiener Neustadt in 1989.
He served as platoon leader in the 10 th Armour Battalion in St. Pölten and, after attending the
Advanced Officers Course at the Theresan Military Academy and the Branch Officers Course
at the School of Armour in 1993, became company commander and, later, head of the G4
branch at the 33 rd Armour Battalion in Zwölfaxing.
In 1995, he spent 1 year with the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) in
Syria and, a trained mountaineer, served as Commander 1 st Company on Mt. Hermon.
After attending the 15 th General Staff Course at the National Defence Academy in Vienna
from 1997 to 2000, he was promoted to Major and assigned to the Provincial Military
Command of Lower Austria, where he held the position of Chief of Staff and Deputy
Commander. During this period, he served as a staff officer with NATO KFOR at the Joint
Operation Center at HQ KFOR in 2001.
In the following year, he became Head of the Planning Division at the Austrian International
Command and, at the same time, was sent to ISAF/AFG, where he organised the deployment
and redeployment of the Austrian contingents in Kabul.
From the end of 2002 to 2004, he served as Deputy Director of the Operations Preparation
Division in the MOD; there, amongst others, he was in charge of implementing the
Operational Capabilities Concept Evaluation&Feedback Programme in the Austrian Armed
Forces conducting the first NATO evaluation of a Partnership for Peace nation on battalion
From 2004 to 2006, he served as the Commander of 9 th Mechanised Infantry Battalion in
Horn, reinforcing the Austrian Contingent at KFOR in 2005.
In 2006, he was appointed Deputy Head of the Office of the Chief of Defence Staff, which he
held until 2008. Subsequently, he was tasked to implement the new Situational Awareness
Division in the MOD, of which he became the head at the end of 2008.
In 2012, he incorporated the National Demining Service into the MOD, of which he also,
eventually, took charge.
From 2015 to 2017, he was assigned as project team leader tasked with the reorganisation of
Directorate General Operation in the MOD, implementing the new structure of the directorate.
Brigadier General Ruckenstuhl‘s education includes a master‘s degree in political
science/higher leadership from the University of Vienna, and holds a qualification in process
management awarded by the Austrian Chamber of Economics.
His post-graduate qualification includes a master‘s degree in advanced studies, security
policy/crisis management (2007 – 2009), which he obtained from the Federal Institute of
Technology Zurich (ETH), Switzerland.
He was awarded several national and international decorations, such as the Silver Medal of
Honour for Services to the Republic of Austria.
Brigadier General Reinhard Ruckenstuhl lives in Lower Austria. He is married to Gertrude
and they have two children (Elisabeth/1985, Benjamin/1991).