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Senior Leadership

Change of Command 2013

Major General Werner Weisenburger and Colonel Joachim Schreckinger during the 2016 DEU Change of Command at the NSO

 

W. Scott Butler Joachim Schreckinger
Commandant Deputy Commandant
& Chief of Staff
Captain (OF-5)
United States Navy
Colonel (OF-5)
German Army
Timothy Dreifke John Linnenbank
Dean of Academics Command Senior
Enlisted Leader
Colonel (OF-5)
United States Air Force
Chief Warrant Officer (OR-9)
Royal Netherlands Army

Biography

Commandant

Captain Butler

W. Scott Butler

Captain (OF-5)
United States Navy


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As the Commandant of NATO SCHOOL Oberammergau, Captain W. Scott Butler commands a faculty and staff representing 23 different NATO and Partnership for Peace nations, and is responsible for all aspects of the School's operation.

Captain Butler was commissioned in 1988 after receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia. He received his wings in February 1990 and reported to the VF-124 Gunslingers at NAS Miramar, California for training in the F-14A Tomcat. Upon completion, he reported to the Wolfpack of VF-1 onboard USS RANGER (CV-61), engaged in Operation DESERT STORM. After the squadron was decommissioned, he reported to the VF-2 Bounty Hunters onboard USS CONSTELLATION (CV-64). During this extended operational tour, he completed multiple deployments to the Western Pacific in both the F-14A and F-14D, participated in Operation SOUTHERN WATCH in Iraq, Operation RESTORE HOPE in Somalia, and graduated from TOPGUN.

In 1995, Captain Butler reported to the VF-101D Grim Reapers as an instructor in the F-14D. During this tour, he was selected as an Olmsted Scholar, received intensive training with the Foreign Service in Washington, DC and spent two years studying international relations in Prague, Czech Republic. In August 1999, he reported to the Black Aces of VF-41 at NAS Oceana, Virginia, serving as the Maintenance Officer while deployed in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM aboard USS ENTERPRISE (CVN-65).

Captain Butler detached from VF-41 following their return from Afghanistan and reported to the US European Command (EUCOM) Headquarter in Stuttgart, Germany. As the Western Europe Branch Chief, he served as the primary political-military advisor to the Commander for issues regarding Allied and Partner countries in the region. Captain Butler joined the VF-32 Swordsmen as Executive Officer and assumed command of the newly-transition squadron, VFA-32, in 2006, leading the squadron on its first combat deployment in the FA-18F Super Hornet and earning the Battle "E" award for combat effectiveness.

Following his squadron command tour, he served as a Legislative Fellow in the Office of Senator John McCain (R-AZ) and then as the Operations Officer for the US SEVENTH Fleet, based aboard the USS BLUE RIDGE in Yokosuka, Japan. He served as the Commanding Officer of NAS Sigonella, Italy from June 2010 until May 2013.

Captain Butler has accumulated more than 650 carrier arrested landings and nearly 3000 flight hours. His personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, multiple Strike/Flight Air Medals, and numerous other campaign and service awards.

He is married to the former Martina Caithamelová of Prague, Czech Republic and has two children, Elisabeth and Katherine.


Biography

Deputy Commandant & Chief of Staff

Colonel Schreckinger

Joachim Schreckinger

Colonel (OF-5)
German Army


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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 his wife Martina. They are at home near Günzburg, Bavaria and have one son and one daughter.


Biography

Dean of Academics

Colonel Timothy E. Dreifke

Timothy E. Dreifke

Colonel (OF-5)
United States Air Force


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As the Dean of Academics, Colonel Timothy E. Dreifke 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.

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 duties as the Dean, Colonel Dreifke served as the 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.


Biography

Command Senior Enlisted Leader

Linnenbank

John Linnenbank

Chief Warrant Officer
(OR-9)
Royal Netherlands Army


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As the Command Senior Enlisted Leader, Chief Warrant Officer (CWO) Linnenbank 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.

CWO Linnenbank enrolled in the Armed Forces in January of 1976. On completion of his basic and professional armored training in 1978, he undertook a number of posts in Holland and Germany.

In 1999, CWO Linnenbank was appointed as NCO at the J3 of 41 Brigade Seedorf Germany where he was responsible for training and exercises for the brigade. After proving his caliber at this level, he was selected for a tour to SFOR in 2000. In 2001 he was promoted to OR 9 as a RSM of an armored tank battalion which included another tour to Bosnia in 2002. In 2004, he became a Platoon Commander at the Royal Military School Weert. From 2006 to 2009, CWO Linnenbank was assigned to a Company as Head Instructor of the Royal Military School for Further Education of NCO's. In 2007 he completed a tour to Afghanistan. From 2009 CWO Linnenbank was transferred to 43 Mechanized Brigade, to be the Command Senior Enlisted Leader (CSEL) next to the Brigade Commander.

From 2013, CWO Linnenbank was made Department Director at NATO School Oberammergau, responsible for NCO education in NATO. CWO Linnenbank also spent two tours in Bosnia and one in Afghanistan. He is a graduate of High Shool, Royal Military School, and spent a year at the Benelux University to study communication. CWO Linnenbank speaks Dutch, German, and English. He and his wife Monique have been married since 1980, and have three grown-up children. They share their home in Venray, although they currently reside in Oberammergau. They enjoy sports, hiking, and travelling.