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The Letter of Intent strengthens the cooperation

A Strategic Message of Joint Intent

By the Public Affairs Office, 14 Sep 21

The NATO School Oberammergau (NSO) welcomes the expansion in its partnership with the NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence (STRATCOMCOE).

Colonel Michael A. Davis, NSO Commandant, and Mr Jānis Sārts, Director of the STRATCOMCOE, signed a Letter of Intent with both institutions eager to cooperate in the fields of academic research and education.

This uptake in cooperation will not only include mutual support to exercises and courses but also an exchange in subject matter expertise and lecturers. The NSO intends to fully embrace and exploit its partnership with the STRATCOMCOE.


A participant at the SOPC

The NSO is proud to host the NATO Senior Officer Policy Course

By the Public Affairs Office, 09 Sep 21

This week, 48 high-ranking military and civilian students, from more than 20 countries across the Alliance, attended the NATO Senior Officer Policy Course (SOPC) hosted by the NATO School Oberammergau (NSO).

The aim of this course is to present senior NATO personnel (some new to their posts) with the key factors, concepts and principles of NATO’s current and future security environment while providing insight into the wider strategies and policies of the Alliance.

Among the speakers addressing the course were an Assistant Secretary General, Military Representatives to NATO HQ, International Military Staff, Generals, Ambassadors and academics; themes included Trans-Atlantic relationships and the ever-changing strategic environment.


The participants try to get the mountain performance badge

The NSO reaches Peak Performance

By CPT Roland Hoffmann, DEU-A, CJ1 Department, 01 Sep 21

Four multinational comrades from the NATO School Oberammergau (NSO), under the leadership of the Bundeswehr's Mountain Infantry Battalion 233 Mittenwald, accepted the challenge to achieve the Mountain Performance Badge.

The Mountain Performance Badge is the alpine equivalent to the Bundeswehr's gold sports badge; disciplines include mountain rescue skills, combat duty, a mountain performance march, bivouac and rappelling exercises, all conducted in extremes of both weather and terrain.

The team was required to operate up to heights of 2341 metres and to scale three summits resulting in both moments to remember and adding to the School's esprit de corps.

Lieutenant General John S. Kolasheski

Lt Gen Kolasheski at the NSO

Commander V Corps visits the NSO

By the Public Affairs Office, 24 Aug 21

Annually, the NATO School Oberammergau (NSO) attracts many visitors and senior military personal from around the Alliance. On this occasion Lieutenant General John S. Kolasheski, the Commanding General of V Corps at Fort Knox, visited Upper Bavaria.

During his visit the General not only took the chance to give an insight into the work of V Corps but also discussed the opportunities for further cooperation between the NSO and the US Army.

In the evening, students and staff members had the chance to participate in a Night Owl Session which draws on the knowledge and experience of Flag Officers and industry leaders.

We thank Lt Gen Kolasheski for his visit and hope to welcome him back to the School in the very near future.

Lieutenant General Martin Schelleis

Lieutenant General Martin Schelleis

Three-Star General Answers Student Questions

By the Public Affairs Office, 26 Jul 21

Lieutenant General Martin Schelleis, DEU AF has been the Chief Joint Support and Enabling Commander for the last six years, with responsibility for the German military staff at the NATO School Oberammergau (NSO).

Last week he visited the School to meet with staff and students. He also delivered the latest 'Night Owl Session' at the NATO School, where visiting dignitaries provide an update on a broad range of topical items and take questions from the audience.

General Schelleis talked about the risks, challenges and capabilities facing a German National Territorial Commander today, with particular reference to the impacts that the COVID pandemic is having on both the military and civilian communities within the region.


Change of Responsibility Ceremony

A Warm Welcome to Our New CSEL

By the Public Affairs Office, 13 Jul 21

Last week was very eventful for the NATO School Oberammergau (NSO). We completed our second training week with lots of different lectures and activities. It varied from history classes to guided tours through Oberammergau to teambuilding events.

One of the highlights of the week was the Change of Responsibility Ceremony. With this event we said goodbye to our former Command Senior Enlisted Leader (CSEL) Master Chief Petty Officer Gorazd Skorjanc from the Slovenian Navy and welcomed Chief Warrant Officer Marc Corriveau from the Canadian Airforce.

We wish MCPO Skorjanc all the best for his future and CWO Corriveau a good start with his new task.

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