Colonel Marvin Vannatter Jr.
Colonel Vannatter was born in Cleveland, Ohio and grew up in Corbin, Kentucky. He is a Distinguished Military Graduate of the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Kentucky, where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Data Processing and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Infantry in 1990.
During his initial tour, Colonel Vannatter served as Platoon Leader in the 8th Infantry Division at Mannheim, Germany, and as Executive Officer. He was then branch detailed into the Adjutant General Corps and attended the Captain Career Course at Fort Benjamin Harrison in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Colonel Vannatter served for the next three years at Fort Bragg, North Carolina as the Brigade S1 for the 18th Personnel Group, Battalion S3 for the 18th Personnel Services Battalion and later as the Postal Company Commander for the 129th Postal Company. During this time, he deployed in support of OPERATION UPHOLD DEMOCRACY in Haiti.
His next assignment was in Taegu Korea where Colonel Vannatter seved as the Systems Automation Manager for the Pacific Automation Server Site – Korea. From Korea he was assigned to the 25th Infantry Division and served as the Division G1 Plans and Operations Officer, Division Strength Manager and Executive Officer for the 556th Personnel Services Battalion in Hawaii.
From Hawaii, Colonel Vannatter attended Air Command and Staff College in Montgomery, Alabama, where he received his Master Degree in Military Operational Art and Science. His next assignment was a NATO assignment in Monchengladbach, Germany assigned to the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (ARRC). He served as G3 Exercises and G1 Planner. During this time he deployed to Afghanistan as the Military Advisor to the NATO Senior Civilian Representative for Afghanistan in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM.
From Monchengladbach, he was assigned to Fort Richardson in Alaska, where he served as the G1 for United States Army Alaska.
Colonel Vannatter was then assigned as Battalion Commander, Allied Land Forces Northern Europe (AFNORTH), US Army NATO, at the Allied Joint Force Command Headquarters in Brunssum, The Netherlands. From Brunssum, he attended the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island and received a Masters Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies with an emphasis in Middle Eastern Studies.
Upon completion of the Naval War College Colonel Vannatter was assigned as the Third Army/United States Army Central G1 at the Main Command Post where he split his time between Shaw AFB and Kuwait in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM and the Middle East.
Colonel Vannatter’s awards include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal (2nd OLC), the Meritorious Service Medal (3rd OLC), the Joint Staff Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal (3rd OLC), the Joint Staff Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal (3rd OLC), the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal (2nd award), the Parachutist Badge, the Air Assault Badge, and the Expert Infantryman Badge. He is happily married with two children.
Deputy to the Garrison Commander
Mr. Joseph Manning
In August of 2010 Mr Manning assumed the position of Deputy Garrison Commander for the United States Army Garrison BENELUX. Previously he was the Deputy Garrison Commander at USAG Japan (2008-2010) and USAG, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania (2005-2008).
Mr Manning enlisted in the Army in 1972 and was commissioned through the officer candidate program (OCS) at Ft. Benning, Georgia in 1975. He retired from military service in 2005.
While on active duty Mr. Manning spent 15 years in overseas assignments to include: Germany, Saudi Arabia and Japan. His last assignment was as the Deputy Commander for the U.S. Army Japan (2002-2005). Other units of assignment include: the 82d Airborne Division, 3d Infantry Division (Germany), 2d Armored Calvary Regiment (Germany), Ist Infantry Division (Ft Riley), 2nd COSCOM (Germany), PERSCOM and the National Security Agency. He served as an instructor at both the Ordnance Center and School and the Command and General Staff College. He has extensive logistics experience at both the command and staff level with key assignments as a support battalion commander and a G-4.
His military education includes the Air Defense Basic course, the Ordnance Advanced course, Airborne School and Command and General Staff College. He is a 1998 graduate of the United States Army War College Carlisle Barracks, Pa.
His military awards include: the Purple Heart, Distinguished Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (6-th award), Army commendation Medal (3d award), Army Achievement Medal, Army Superior Unit Award, Good Conduct Medal and Parachutist Badge.
His civilian education includes a BS in Business Administration from Loyola College, Montreal Canada and an M.A. in Management from Webster University.
He is married to the former Marianne Murawski and has two grown children, Patrick and Claire.
Command Sergeant Major
Command Sgt. Maj. Robert D. Carter
Command Sergeant Major Carter enlisted in the United States Army on November 7, 1988 and attended Basic Combat Training and Advance Individual Training at Fort Leonard Wood, MO. Command Sergeant Major Carter has served in the Army more than 25 years in various assignments throughout the United States and overseas, to Headquarters and Headquarters Company 1/187th Infantry Battalion. Fort Campbell, Kentucky; 230th Military Police Company, 95th Military Police Battalion Kaiserslautern, Germany; Delta Company. 187th Ordnance Battalion, 4th Brigade, Fort Jackson, South Carolina; Headquarters and Headquarters Company 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; 51st Maintenance Battalion and 512th Maintenance Company, Mannheim, Germany; 169th Engineer Battalion, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri; Tactical Support Equipment Department, Fort Lee Virginia; and 501st Brigade Support Battalion; Fort Bliss, Texas. He has been deployed in support of Operation Desert Shield, Operation Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Joint Endeavor.
Command Sergeant Major Carter has held leadership positions as a Squad Leader, Shop Foreman, Motor Sergeant, Drill Sergeant, Platoon Sergeant, First Sergeant, Department Sergeant Major, and Command Sergeant Major.
His military and civilian education includes an Associate’s Degree in General studies, U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy graduate, Drill Sergeant School, Equal Opportunity Representative Course, Master Fitness Course (Honor Graduate), Airborne School, Special Forces Assessment and Selection Course, Air Assault School, Air Movement Operators Course, Rear Detachment First Sergeants Course.
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Meritorious Service Medal with five Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal with 18 Oak Leaf Clusters, Good Conduct Medal (8th award), National Defense Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon with numeral four, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon with numeral three, Drill Sergeant Badge Airborne Badge, Air Assault Badge, NATO Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Armed Forces Service Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal, Southwest -Asia Ribbon, ICM, Mechanic and Drivers badge.
Acting Deputy Garrison Manager (Brussels)
LTC John C. Bivona Jr.
LTC John C. Bivona, Jr., is the son of Honorable John C. Bivona and Honorable Ester L. Bivona of Huntington, New York. He attended Villanova University where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Arts, with Minors in Psychology and Japanese Language and Culture. He also holds a Masters of Business Administration from Torou University. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Infantry in May, 1992.
LTC Bivona served as a rifle platoon leader in 3rd Platoon, D/Co, 1-8IN, 3rd BDE 4ID, Fort Carson, CO. He was branch detailed into the Ordnance Corps in 1995, and he assumed duties as the 3 BDE maintenance manager in the 4ID DISCOM.
In 1996, LTC Bivona attended the Combined Logistics Officer Advanced Course, was promoted to CPT and immediately took command of 52nd OD Company, WHNS, 6th OD Bn, Camp Humphreys, Korea. Upon completing a highly successful command he was assigned to US Army Forces Command, Fort McPherson, Ga. While assigned to FORSCOM, he managed the APS-3 Prepositioned Stocks Afloat program, assigned as the Deputy SGS for Operations and Intelligence.
In 2001, LTC Bivona was assigned to the Adler Observer / Controller Team at the Combat Maneuver Training Center, Hohenfels, Germany as the Operations Officer (S3) Controller. In 2003 LTC Bivona moved to the Operations Group as the S4 and developed, staffed and executed a $20M contract to support a KFOR / SFOR service contract.
Following resident ILE in 2004-2005, LTC Bivona served as the 25th ID Division Ammunition Officer, then reassigned to the 325th BSB, 3rd IBCT, 25th ID as the Support Operations Officer and Executive Officer. He deployed for 15 months in those positions to the city of Kirkuk, Iraq and returned to Hawaii in 2008.
From 2008 through 2010, LTC Bivona was assigned to the Army Logistics University as an instructor / developer of the Army's Theater Logistics Studies Program (TLog) where he taught tactical leaders the intricacies of Operational Level sustainment planning.
In 2010, LTC Bivona was assigned to 8th Theater Sustainment Command (TSC) and subsequently deployed to the Joint Special Operations Task Force - Philippines as the J4 supporting a 700 man task force distributed throughout the Southern Philippines. Upon return, LTC Bivona assumed the duties as the Chief of Future Operations (G35) developing and executing 20 major exercises throughout the PACOM AOR. In 2013 LTC Bivona was reassigned to the Chief of Plans, G5 to support the command in development, maintenance and exercising of 5 Operational Plans.
In July of 2015, LTC Bivona was assigned to USAG Benelux as the Director of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security. Shortly after arrival, LTC Bivona was detailed to assume the role of Deputy Garrison Manager for the Brussels community, in Zaventem Brussels.
LTC Bivona's awards include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (3OLC), the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal (1OLC); Army Achievement Medal (2OLC), the Parachutist badge, the Combat Action Badge, the Expert Infantryman's Badge and the Ranger Tab.
Deputy Garrison Manager (Schinnen)
Ms. Kimberly Wayland
Kimberly Wayland is the Deputy Garrison Manager. Previously, Ms. Wayland served as USAG Schinnen Acting Deputy to the Garrison Commander. She first came to Schinnen in March 2010 as the Director of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation. Her previous experience includes Director of Business and Recreation and Director of Marketing for USAG Benelux, and as Marketing and Public Relations Specialist for Defense Supply Center Philadelphia European Region in Mainz Kastel, Germany. Prior to that, she served on the Plans, Analysis and Evaluation team for Personnel and Family Readiness, Marine Corps Headquarters where she was lead to quality of life studies including the Marine Corps Quality of Life Study. She also worked in Iwakuni Japan for Marine Corps Community Activities.
Ms. Wayland began her career March 1991 on U.S. Army Garrison Vint Hill Farms Station, Virginia. She has experience at garrison, region and headquarter levels, and has multi-service exposure having served with the Army and Marine Corps. She has held four overseas assignments, including Japan, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands and proudly contributed over nine years to the U.S. support to the NATO Alliance.
Ms. Wayland's area of expertise is Strategic Management. She has completed the Civilian Education System Basic, Intermediate and Advanced courses as well as the Cost Management Certificate Course. Ms. Wayland holds a Masters Degree in Strategic Management from Troy State University and a Bachelors of Science Degree from Virginia Tech in Marketing Management.
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