NATO SCHOOL Oberammergau is NATO’s premier individual training and education facility at the operational level

With courses, seminars and workshops, the NSO meets the current and emerging training needs of the Alliance and partner nations

Knowledge Enables Capability




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DEEP

Sergeant Major Smid and Ukrainian DEEP attendees

NATO NCO Seminar in Ukraine

By Sergeant Major Martin Gut, Non-Commissioned Officers Programmes Department (NCOPD)

In the first quarter of 2016, SGM Janez Smid (SLO) developed a two-week seminar for Ukraine (UKR) NCOs under the auspices of the Defence Education Enhancement Programme (DEEP). The DEEP mission is to contribute to international security through the professionalization of the Officer Corps, NCO Corps and civilian defence officials of partner countries to ensure their respective defence education institutions are compatible with western defence education standards and values. SGM Smid organized and led two seminars in the Ukraine from May 23 to June 17 and was ably supported by CWO Yancy Savard (CAN), SGM Miroslav Dulaj (SVK), SGM Robert Plzak (CZE) and CWO Henry Bethlehem (NLD) of the NSO NCOPD. The NSO staff presented lessons and guided discussions on Officer-NCO Relations, NCO Development, Gender and Equal Opportunity, Counselling and Communication and Career Paths. Furthermore, the NSO staff presented the NATO NCO Bi-SC Strategy and Recommended Non-Commissioned Officers Guidelines from Oct 2010, the NCO Professional Military Education Reference Curriculum and the NCO programmes from their respective nations and services. The seminars provided the UKR Leadership, Officers and NCOs with detailed insight in how to develop their NCO Corps and the opportunities that arise from a having well-trained educated and structured NCO Corps.


JPOD

Creation of the Joint Plans and Operations Department

Creation of the Joint Plans and Operations Department (JPOD)

By Lieutenant Colonel Dai Davies, Joint Plan and Operations Department

The Joint Plans and Operations Department was created in June 2016. It was the product of a merger between the Joint Operations Department and the Joint Plans Department. In reality, this will have little impact on the current course delivery of the two departments, as they merge; things will carry on as it was before. This merger will impact on NSO's daily business in terms of the naming conventions and department function. In essence everything that was related to JOPS and JPD is to be directed to the JPOD.


CSM Petek

Command Sergeant Major Davor Petek

ACO CSEL keynote speech to the NATO NCO Orientation Course

By Command Sergeant Major Miroslav Dulaj, Non-Commissioned Officers Programmes Department (NCOPD)

On 05 May 2016, Command Sergeant Major Davor Petek, the Command Senior Enlisted Leader NATO Allied Command Operations, addressed the NATO NCO Orientation Course, held at the NATO School Oberammergau, followed by an open discussion with 50 students from 17 NATO and partner countries. The NCO Orientation Course teaches students the NATO structures, policies, operations and emerging issues required for NCOs to work effectively within the Alliance. CSM Petek also forwarded greetings and a message on behalf of General Curtis Scaparrotti, Supreme Allied Commander Europe.


AM Stacey

Air Marshal Graham Stacey

Visit of COS ACT to NATO School Oberammergau (NSO)

By Sergeant Jamie Cavazos, Public Affairs Office

On 21 Apr 16, Air Marshal Graham Stacey, the Chief of Staff of NATO Allied Command Transformation, gave the keynote speech to the NATO Operational Law Course held at the NSO. The Air Marshal’s address on The Commander’s Expectations for Legal Support was well received by the multi-national audience and provided ample ammunition for debate and cross examination during the subsequent Question and Answer session. The visit concluded with an office call with the NSO Dean of Academics prior to the Air Marshal’s departure for Virginia.


JTIC

Maj Alessandro Di Rienzo, JTIC staff, facilitates joint targeting training at the Spanish Joint Operations Command

Joint Targeting Training in Madrid

By Lieutenant Colonel Michael Buchkoski
Department Director, Joint Targeting Interoperability Curriculum (JTIC) Department

In April 2016, JTIC staff from the NATO School Oberammergau (NSO) supervised the NATO Joint Targeting Staff Course at the Spanish Joint Operations Command (SJOC) in Madrid, Spain. The Targeting Staff Course provided 25 graduates with an understanding of the fundamentals of the NATO Joint Targeting Cycle and the various roles and responsibilities of NATO Targeteers. (read more...)