17 May 17: Change of Command and Change of Responsibility at the NSO
United States Air Force
As the Commandant of the NATO School Oberammergau, Colonel Timothy Dreifke commands a faculty and staff representing 22 different NATO and Partnership for Peace nations that are responsible for the education and development of more than 10,000 students per year through 115 different formal education courses. Previously, Colonel Dreifke served as the Dean of Academics at the NATO School.
Colonel Dreifke was commissioned through AFROTC in 1993 after earning a Bachelor of Science in Atmospheric Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a master meteorologist and senior parachutist. He has served in a variety of positions at the squadron and group levels supporting conventional and special operations for the Air Force, Army, and joint communities, including command of the 26th Operational Weather Squadron. He has also served on staffs at Headquarters Air Force, Air Combat Command, and Special Operations Command-Europe. He has deployed in support of Operations JOINT ENDEAVOR, SHINING EXPRESS, INDY, and twice for ENDURING FREEDOM, most recently as the Chief of Staff for the 9th Air and Space Expeditionary Task Force-Afghanistan, Kabul, Afghanistan from 2011 to 2012. Prior to assuming his assignment at NATO School, Colonel Dreifke served as Director, Plans, Programs and Requirements for the Air Force Weather Agency where he was responsible for 24 projects and programs of record worth 750 million dollars across the fiscal year defense plan.
Colonel Dreifke is married to the former Gisela Gonzalez of Fort Walton Beach, Florida. They have four children, Matthew, Daniela, Ava, and Madelyn.
As Chief of Staff, Colonel Joachim Schreckinger supervises, directs, and coordinates the day-to-day operation of the NATO School Oberammergau with its staff body of about 200 personnel. He reviews, evaluates, and coordinates correspondence studies, procedures, and directives concerning plans, procedures, and operations and acts as the reviewing and coordinating official for all matters requiring the Commandant’s attention to include budget matters and fiscal documents.
Colonel Joachim Schreckinger started his military career in 1979 when he joined the German Armed Forces for basic training followed by the Officers' Candidate Training at the Artillery School in Idar-Oberstein. In 1984 he graduated with a Master of Science diploma in Geodesy at the German Armed Forces University in Munich. From 1984 to 1992 Colonel Schreckinger attended several officers' courses in Idar-Oberstein and Hannover and served as Forward Artillery Observer, Platoon Leader, Battery Commander and Artillery Fire Support Officer. In 1994 he graduated from the General Staff Officer Course at the German Armed Forces Command and Staff College in Hamburg.
Colonel Joachim Schreckinger is married to Martina and has one son and one daughter. They live near Günzburg, Bavaria.
Lieutenant Colonel (OF-4)
As the Acting Dean of Academics, Lieutenant Colonel Frank Grossmann oversees an Academic department of 75+ personnel responsible for more than 110 NATO courses and the education and development of approximately 10,000 students per year.
Lieutenant Colonel Grossmann started his military career in 1983 when he joined a Mechanised Infantry unit of the German Armed Forces for basic training followed by the Officers Candidate Training at the Tanks & Mechanised Infantry School in Munster. From 1985 to 1999 he attended several officers' courses and served in various positions within the Mechanised Infantry as Platoon Leader, Security Officer, Company Commander and Logistics Officer. From 1999 to 2003 Lieutenant Colonel Grossmann served in different positions in the newly established Army Warfighting Simulation Centre in Wildflecken as Evaluation Officer, Leader Opposing Forces and G6 Officer.
From 2003 to 2007 he served two tours within Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum in The Netherlands as Chief Information Security and Planner for Psychological Operations. This assignment was followed by a tour as Deputy Branch Head Ops & Plans Branch in the German PSYOPS Corps from 2007 to 2011. In 2011 he joined the G7 Division at the German MN Corps in Ulm as Exercise Planner.
Lieutenant Colonel Grossmann was assigned a position at NATO School Oberammergau as Course Director for Strategic Communications, Information Operations and Psychological Operation in 2013. In 2016 he assumed responsibility as Deputy Dean of Academics.
Command Sergeant Major
As the Command Senior Enlisted Leader, Command Sergeant Major (CSM) Dulaj serves as an advisor to the Commandant and the staff element leadership. He makes recommendations to the Commander on all matters pertaining to NCO ranks. He leads the NCOs and enlisted personnel of the school, ensures policy compliance, adherence to standards in performance and maintenance of good order and discipline.
CSM Dulaj joined the Slovak Armed Forces in September 1993. Following graduation from Military High School (Electronics and Communications Branch) he joined the 5th Missile Regiment, where he served as a Signal Section Leader, Signal Platoon Commander and Special Communication Platoon Commander. He returned to the Military High School for a short spell as a technician/instructor in the Logistics Education Section before starting deployment to the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) serving as a Warehouse Manager, Logistics NCO and Logistics Support Platoon Deputy Commander. In 2005 he reported to the National Academy of Defence to assume responsibility as a Cadet Platoon Commander for potential officers. He was subsequently selected to be a part of the multinational project Junior Staff Officer's Course (JSOC), where he served as a Deputy Information Technology (IT) Manager, and then transferred to the International Staff Officer's Course (ISOC) as a Training Senior NCO. In 2009 he attended the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy and graduated from Class 60. He was subsequently promoted to the most senior NCO rank and appointed to the post of CSM in the mobile CIS Base, where he contributed to the Slovak contingent to the NATO Deployable Communication Module, 3rd NATO Signal Battalion. In 2012 Dulaj served as the Command Senior Enlisted Leader (CSEL) to the Joint Logistic Support Group during which he deployed to Bosnia and Herzegovina, as part of EUFOR, and employed within the LOT (Liaison and Observation Team) Coordination Centre and SLOVCON. Upon his return, he was appointed to the post of CSEL in the Command, Control and Surveillance Brigade (Air Operational Centre) of the Slovak Air Force. Dulaj has also served as acting-CSM of the Training and Support Forces Command and acting-CSEL of the Slovak Air Force Command during his career. CSM Dulaj joined the NATO School Oberammergau in 2015 as a Course Director & Instructor in the NCO Programmes Department.
He is married to his wife Olga and has two children, Karolína and Teodor.