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Dr. Andrew A. Michta (GCMC Dean), Col Dreifke, LTG Dayton, Col Schreckinger, Col Hill, Lt Col Grossmann

New Year's Reception Garmisch-Partenkirchen

By Colonel Hill
Dean of Academics

On 24 Jan 18, Colonel Timothy Dreifke, the Commandant of the NATO School Oberammergau (NSO) , and NSO key leaders promoted the strong partnership with the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies (GCMC) at a New Year's Reception held at the Garmisch-Partenkirchen (Ga-Pa) Kongresshaus. Hosted jointly by the Municipality of Ga-Pa and the GCMC, this year's event brought more than 450 civilian and military leaders from across Bavaria to celebrate the start of a new Academic Year. The evening began with a performance by the Gebirgsmusikkorps Garmisch-Partenkirchen. The Lord Mayor of the Municipality of Ga-Pa, Dr. Sigrid Meierhofer, reflected on the area's success in 2017 including its close ties to the GCMC and the NSO. She reflected on both ongoing civil infrastructure projects and future plans to support Ga-Pa's growing population. The GCMC Director, U.S. Army Lieutenant General (Ret) Keith W. Dayton, took the opportunity to thank the community of Ga-Pa and Bavaria for 25 years of support which enables the GCMC to "create a more stable security environment by advancing democratic institutions and relationships; promoting active, peaceful, whole-of-government approaches to address transnational and regional security challenges; and creating and enhancing enduring partnerships worldwide".

As NATO's premier Education and Training institution at the operational level, the NSO partners with the GCMC in strengthening interoperability and stability for NATO Allies and a host of key partners with the goal of promoting dialogue and understanding among the global community of nations.