Born in 1963 in Zell, Col Demps joined the DEU Armed Forces in 1983. Initially, he started Army Officers’ education at the Army Aviation School at Bückeburg which included his initial helicopter pilot training. In 1984 he joined the DEU Forces’ University at Munich in order to study Aerospace Technology and graduated in 1988.
Thereafter, he earned his Pilot Wings at Bückeburg where he graduated in 1990. After becoming Limited Combat Ready on the BO -105 aircraft, he was posted to the Army Aviation Regiment 25 at Laupheim. Here he served as a Liaison Helicopter Pilot and as an Operations Officer within the Regiment Staff until 1994.
In 1994, Col Demps joined the Staff College at Hamburg for the Staff Officers’ Course. After successfully completing the training phase, he was again sent to Bückeburg in order to gain his IFR rating on Bell UH-1D and an immediate rating on the Sikorisky CH 53 transport helicopter.
With his qualification, he joined the Army Aviation Regiment 35 at Mendig and served there as a Line Pilot, Instructor Pilot and Squadron Operations Officer until the year 2000. Thereafter, Col Demps was posted to the HQ, Army Aviation Brigade 3 and became a Squadron Commander of the support squadron. After 2 years, he moved on to become the G3 OPS Officer of the Brigade. Here his main task was the management of personnel and training for all ongoing operational deployments of the DEU Army helicopter assets.
From 2004 to 2007 he served at the Army Office at Cologne, DEU. His main duty involved the conceptual development of Air Mobility within the DEU Armed Forces. During this period, he participated in the development of the multinational education and training plans for Tigre crews in cooperation with ESP and FRA.
From 2007 to 2009 Col Demps served as Commander, Flying Section 251 (CH-53) at Laupheim, MOB. During this period, Col Demps was instrumental in the development of a multi-asset SOF capability involving CH-53 and BO-105 Aircraft.
In 2009 Col Demps was seconded to the Federal Office for Personnel Management at Cologne as a Personnel Manager, responsible for the manning of Army Aviation officers. He served in this position until 2011.
Thereafter, he moved to Bonn in order to serve in the General Staff of the MoD. Here his main duty was to develop Army Aviation Doctrine. This included the implementation of a reallocation of helicopter assets within the DEU Armed Forces. One of these assets was the CH-53 Large Transport Helicopter and since Col Demps was one of the SMEs in this field, the decision was made to utilise his expertise in the accomplishment of this task. Consequently, he changed services and started his Air Force career at the Air Force Forces’ Command at Cologne where he supported the introduction of the CH-53 aircraft into the DEU AF.
Subsequently, in 2013 Col Demps became the Deputy Wing Commander of the DEU AF Helicopter Wing (HSG) 64 at Laupheim and soon after he took over as Wing Commander in 2014. HSG 64 as the largest Wing of the DEU AF has 2 Bases which are over 600 km apart and operate 75 aircraft. During his time as the Commander, Col Demps initiated the build-up of a PR capability consisting of CH 53 aircraft and dedicated infantry forces. Furthermore, he introduced the H-145M helicopter, a new airframe for SOF operations.
In July 2018 Col Demps took over the command of the European Personnel Recovery Centre at Poggio Renatico Air Base, ITA.
Col Demps accrued more than 2000 flight hours mainly on CH-53 Transport Helicopters.
Col Demps is married to Alexandra.
1986 2nd Lieutenant
1988 1st Lieutenant
2002 Lieutenant Colonel
1996 – 2001 IFOR, KFOR, SFOR
2008 Deputy Commander Combat Wing TERMEZ, USB
SFOR Medal (Bronze) 2001
Disaster Relief Medal (Bronze) 2002
Honorary Cross of the Bundeswehr (Silver) 2003
ISAF Medal (Bronze) 2007