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. Romeo Montez III
Command Sergeant Major Romeo Montez III enlisted in the United States Army upon graduating from High School, and completed Basic Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Lee, Virginia. Command Sergeant Major Montez has served in the Army more than 26 years in various assignments throughout the United States and overseas, to include Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 56th Field Artillery Brigade, Swaebish Gmuend, Germany; 102nd Quartermaster Company and Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment 561st Supply and Services Battalion Fort Campbell, Kentucky; Headquarters Support Company 3rd Military Intelligence Battalion, Camp Humphrey, Korea; 53rd Quartermaster Company, Fort Hood, Texas; Headquarters and Headquarters Company 1st Battalion, 72nd Armor Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, Camp Casey, Korea; 493rd Supply and Services Company, Headquarters and Headquarters Company 1st Battalion, 4th Aviation Brigade, and 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment Support Troop, Fort Carson, Colorado; Headquarters and Headquarters Company 2nd Aviation Regiment, 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade, Camp Stanley, Korea; A Company, 702nd Main Support Battalion, Fort Stewart, Georgia; Headquarters Support Company 603rd Aviation Support Battalion, Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia; United States Army Sergeants Major Academy, Fort Bliss, Texas; 240th Quartermaster Battalion and 49th Quartermaster Group, Fort Lee, Virginia.
Command Sergeant Major Montez has held leadership positions as a Team Leader, Squad Leader, Section Sergeant, Platoon Sergeant, First Sergeant, Operations Sergeant Major, and Command Sergeant Major with the 603rd Aviation Support, Battalion, Division Support Command, Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia; and Command Sergeant Major with the 240th Quartermaster Battalion and 49th Quartermaster Group, Fort Lee, Virginia.
He has an Associate’s Degree in General Studies from Central Texas College, Bachelor’s Degree in management from Excelsior University, and a Master’s Degree in Education from Trident University. His military education includes Basic Airborne, Battle Staff, Air Assault Course, Operations Course (Phase one and two), Truck Driving course (H7), Basic and Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Courses, First Sergeant Course, United States Army Sergeants Major Academy, Command Sergeant Major Development course, and Command Sergeant Major Force Management Course (CSMC).
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with two Oak Leaf Cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal with silver Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Achievement Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Good Conduct Medal (7th Award), National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star, Korean Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Development Ribbon with numeral four, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon with numeral three, Meritorious Unit Citation, and the Joint Meritorious Unit Award. He has earned the Sergeant Audie Murphy Medallion and the Order of St. Martin Medallion.
Deputy Garrison Manager (Brussels)
Mr. Patrick Rothbauer
Mr. Patrick Rothbauer joined US Army Garrison Benelux in April 2012 as the Brussels Deputy Garrison Manager. As the USAG Benelux commander’s forward-based representative, he gives administrative program direction to various civilian directors and special staff who provide base operation services to the Combined, Joint, and Inter-Agency communities supporting US interest in Brussels. He has been an installation management professional since July 2005 serving in various capacities at four European garrisons and on the staff at the Installation Management Command Headquarters in Alexandria, VA.
Mr. Rothbauer is from Eau Claire, WI. He joined the US Air Force in October 1979 and served for more than 25 years in enlisted and commissioned officer leadership positions in the United States, Europe, Africa and Southwest Asia. He provided meteorological support at the US Army Brigade, Division and Army Command levels for 9 years including direct support to deployed operations in Somalia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kuwait and Iraq.
Mr. Rothbauer has a Master of Science in Business Administration from Boston University, Boston, MA and a Bachelor of Technology in Management from Peru State College, Peru, NE. He completed the Army Lean Six Sigma Green and Black Belt Courses, Army Cost Management Certificate Course and the Army Management Staff College Civilian Education System Intermediate and Advanced Courses.
His civilian awards include the Superior Civilian Service Award, two Commander’s Awards for Civilian Service and two Achievement Medals for Civilian Service. Military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with three Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal with one Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Commendation Medal with one Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Force Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal with three Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, the NATO Medal and the Master Meteorologist Badge.
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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