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Pop at the VBS: army chief, Philippe Rebord, resigned


The Swiss army loses two senior officers one-time. Army chief Philipp Rebord and head coach Daniel Baumgartner announced their resignation.

The pop at the VBS: army chief, Philippe Rebord (61), has filed defense minister Viola Amherd with his resignation at the end of the year. Reason: your health!

In fact, the Walliser should have remained until December 2020, the strong man of the Swiss army.

The Department of Defense (DDPS) confirmed the announcement of the "Tages-Anzeiger".

It is said that Rebord made his decision because of a broken hip joint. He has enormous pain when he is standing and walks, says in his surroundings. Rebord will have to use an artificial joint.

Long career in the army

Rebord had succeeded André Blattmann by the end of 2016. In April 2016, the federal Council had already appointed it as a substitute for Blattmann.

Philippe Rebord declares his resignation for health reasons

The 61-year-old is a professional military for more than 30 years. After studying in Lausanne (history, geography and French), he entered in 1985 to the army instruction body in the army. After studying at the Collège interarmées de défense in Paris, Rebord became head of state-of-the-art general schools and in 2000 commander of the Chamblon VD antitank school.

In 2001 he became the chief of the "Recruitment Army XXI" project. From 2004 to 2008, the Rebord commander was recruiting within army personnel. On January 1, 2009, the Federal Council appointed him Commander of the Infantry Brigade 2 and promoted him to Brigadier. In 2014, he was promoted to the division and was appointed Commander of the training of senior personnel of the Army / Operational Training personnel.

The workout leader also resigns

The head of the army is not the only amazing resignation. Virtually at the same time, according to the head of training "Tages-Anzeiger", Daniel Baumgartner (57) leaves office. He asked for a transfer himself. For him, the position of defense aggregate in Washington in question.

What do the two resignations mean for the Swiss army? And how healthy is Philippe Rebord?

The federal counsel Viola Amherd (56) and the outgoing army chief report on the clock from 08.45. Follow the press conference live (NIM / SDA)

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