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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