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Mountain Music Corps of the Bundeswehr from Garmisch-Partenkirchen
The venue of the ceremony
The venue of the ceremony
The official party
The official party
The Black Powder Gunners from Urspring
The official party saluting while the National Anthems are being played
Rear Admiral John W. Smith, Jr., Chief of Staff U.S. European Command
Dr. Marcel Huber, Head of the Bavarian State Chancellery
Oberammergau Mayor Arno Nunn
Mountain Music Corps of the Bundeswehr from Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Chief Warrant Officer John Linnenbank (NLD Army), outgoing CSEL of the NSO
Captain W. Scott Butler (USA Navy), outgoing Commandant of the NSO
Official Change of Command and Change of Responsibility
Colonel Timothy E. Dreifke (USA Airforce) and Rear Admiral John W. Smith, Jr. (U.S. European Command) during the official Change of Command
Command Chief Master Sergeant Jack Johnson, Jr., CSEL Supreme Allied Command Transformation
Captain W. Scott Butler (USA Navy) and Command Chief Master Sergeant Jack Johnson, Jr. (Supreme Allied Command Transformation)
Rear Admiral John W. Smith, Jr. (U.S. European Command), Colonel Timothy E. Dreifke (USA Airforce), Command Sergeant Major Miroslav Dulaj (SVK Army)
Command Sergeant Major Miroslav Dulaj (SVK Army), new CSEL of the NSO
Command Sergeant Major Miroslav Dulaj (SVK Army), new CSEL of the NSO
Colonel Timothy E. Dreifke (USA Airforce), new Commandant of the NSO
Congratulations
 

Change of Command at the NATO School Oberammergau

By Public Affairs Office

On 17 May 17, Colonel Timothy E. Dreifke, US Air Force, assumed responsibility as Commandant of the NATO School Oberammergau (NSO). Rear Admiral John W. Smith, Jr., US Navy, Chief of Staff U.S. European Command, presided at the formal ceremony. The Bavarian State Government was represented by Dr. Marcel Huber, Head of the Bavarian State Chancellery.

After almost four years as the Commandant of the NSO, Captain W. Scott Butler, US Navy, handed over his duties and was recognized for his achievements and outstanding performance providing first-class training and education NATO-wide. For him "to live in this amazing Bavarian community, and to work as part of this unique international community, has been the highlight of my professional career and personal life. Nothing else has even come close."

Colonel Dreifke, who has served as NSO’s Dean of Academics for the last two years, emphasised the school as central institution where NATO's "trust, relationships and foundations are built, in this school, […] in Bavaria, by our family of 179 military professionals […] both in and out of uniform."

Concurrently a Change of Responsibility was conducted within which Command Sergeant Major Miroslav Dulaj, Slovak Army, succeeded Chief Warrant Officer John Linnenbank, Royal Netherlands Army, as the Command Senior Enlisted Leader. John Linnenbank retires from his military career at the end of this week.

More than 250 guests and representatives throughout the US and German Armed Forces, NATO and local communities attended the Change of Command and Change of Responsibility Ceremony.

The ceremony was supported by the Mountain Music Corps of the German Armed Forces from Garmisch-Partenkirchen and the Black Powder Gunners from Urspring.

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