Spokesperson, International Security Assistance Force
Brigadier General Josef Blotz joined the German Federal Armed Forces in 1975. After his military education he obtained a Universal Degree in Education from the University of German Federal Armed Forces. He then returned to active duty as a Platoon Leader and Company Commander in a Mechanized Infantry Battalion.
In 1989 he completed the General Staff Officers Course at the Federal Armed Forces Command and Staff College followed by an assignment as Assistant Branch Chief in the Armed Forces Staff. Between 1991 and 1995 he worked as Operations Field Officer in Dresden and Staff Officer Intelligence at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) before taking command of the 1st Light Infantry Battalion. 1997 he became Assistant Branch Chief in the Army Staff and 1998 he worked for six months as Military Assistant to Chief of Staff Stabilisation Force (SFOR). After that deployment he was assigned as Section Chief Training and Exercises at the Joint Headquarters Southwest, Madrid, from 1999 to 2000.
Back in Germany Brigadier-General Blotz became Chief G3 Operations Branch at the German Armed Forces Command (GARFCOM) in Koblenz. In 2002 he again was assigned to the Army Staff, this time as Chief Concepts and Capability Analysis.
This assignment was subsequently followed by a study at the National Defense University in Washington D.C. graduating with a Master of Science in National Security Strategy in 2005.
The same year he took command of the Mechanized Infantry Brigade 30. During this period he served from February to August 2007 as the ISAF Regional Commander North (RC-N).
Prior to his employment as ISAF Spokesperson he was Chief of Infantry and Commandant of the Infantry School. Brigadier-General Blotz is married and he has two children. His interests include hunting. He speaks English and Spanish.