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Deputy Chairman of the NATO Military Committee
Coat of arms of the Deputy Chairman of the NATO Military Committee.svg
Coat of arms
Steven M. Shepro (4).jpg
Incumbent
Lt Gen Steven Shepro

since Nov 4, 2016[1]
Member of NATO
Reports toChairman of the NATO Military Committee, Deputy Secretary General of NATO
Formation1967
First holderLt Gen T. R. Milton [2]
WebsiteNATO

The Deputy Chairman of the NATO Military Committee (DCMC) is the deputy head of the NATO Military Committee.

The current Deputy Chairman of the NATO Military Committee is Lieutenant General Steven Shepro, former Vice Director of Strategic Plans and Policy (J5) of the U.S. Joint Staff in Washington, D.C. He is the 21st Deputy Chairman and took office on November 4, 2016.

Role[edit | edit source]

The DCMC assists the Chairman, advises the Deputy Secretary General[3] and serves as the principal agent for coordination of nuclear, biological, and chemical matters for the Military Committee.[4] Finally, in the Chairman's absence, the Deputy Chairman directs the daily operations and business of the Military Committee, NATO's highest military authority.[5][6]

The Deputy Chairman, always a US general or flag officer, provides a particular and ideal vantage point to serve the Alliance's Transatlantic bond.[7] Having unique and relevant access to U.S. nuclear information coupled with an intimate relationship with NATO's 29 members offers distinctive opportunities to provide best military advice, especially pertaining to nuclear matters.[8] While being a U.S. officer, the individual serves in an international capacity to represent the interests of the Alliance.

History[edit | edit source]

A Chairman position was initially established without a Deputy, but as the command structure evolved and the demands on the Chairman increased, the need for a Deputy became obvious.

The Deputy's origins come from within the structure of the International Military Staff[9] (IMS) as the 1963 Military Committee reforms provided the Director of the IMS a vice-director who held "special responsibilities for nuclear matters."[10] This office was always an American to link the United States and NATO in nuclear strategy.[10] Two dynamics served as the catalyst to establish the Deputy Chairman position on the Military Committee as it reflects today: 1. When the Chairman was away from Brussels, using a Military Representative within the Military Committee as a substitute proved unviable due to the conflict of simultaneously representing the interests of the Military Committee at large and one's own national interests and 2. the Military Committee did not want to create additional high-ranking officer positions to resolve the first issue. As a solution, the Military Committee elected to eliminate the Vice Director of the IMS position and simultaneously establish a new post of Deputy Chairman of the Military Committee. The Deputy position would still maintain the special responsibility for nuclear matters and remain a U.S. officer as established for the Vice-Director position. The NAC approved the proposal on January 6, 1967, to formally establish the position of Deputy Chairman of the Military Committee.[8]

List[edit | edit source]

Since the establishment of the Deputy Chairman position in 1967, there have been 9 from the Air Force, 5 from the Army, 4 from the Navy, and 2 from the Marine Corps. The deputy chairman have been: [11]

Deputy Chairman of the NATO Military Committee Took office Left office Time in office Defence branch Ref
1
T. R. Milton
Milton, T. R.Lieutenant General
T. R. Milton
(1915–2010)
March 1969August 19712 years, 5 monthsMilitary service mark of the United States Air Force.svg
United States Air Force
[12]
2
Edward Rowny
Rowny, EdwardLieutenant General
Edward Rowny
(1917–2017)
August 1971March 19731 year, 7 monthsMilitary service mark of the United States Army.png
United States Army
.
3
Charles. S. Minter
Minter, C. S.Vice Admiral
Charles. S. Minter
(1915–2008)
March 1973August 19741 year, 5 monthsEmblem of the United States Navy.svg
United States Navy
.
4
Richard F. Schaefer
Schaefer, RichardLieutenant General
Richard F. Schaefer
(born 1919)
August 1974June 197510 monthsMilitary service mark of the United States Air Force.svg
United States Air Force
[13]
5
Martin G. Colladay
Colladay, MartinLieutenant General
Martin G. Colladay
(1925–2003)
June 1975August 19772 years, 2 monthsMilitary service mark of the United States Air Force.svg
United States Air Force
[14]
6
George G. Cantlay
Cantlay, GeorgeLieutenant General
George G. Cantlay
(1938–1999)
August 1977August 19792 yearsMilitary service mark of the United States Army.png
United States Army
[15]
7
Lincoln D. Faurer
Faurer, LincolnLieutenant General
Lincoln D. Faurer
(1928–2014)
August 1979March 19811 year, 7 monthsMilitary service mark of the United States Air Force.svg
United States Air Force
.
8
Sinclair L. Melner
Melner, S.Lieutenant General
Sinclair L. Melner
June 1981June 19843 years, 3 monthsMilitary service mark of the United States Army.png
United States Army
.
9
P. S. Williams
Williams, P.Lieutenant General
P. S. Williams
June 1984May 19861 year, 11 monthsMilitary service mark of the United States Army.png
United States Army
.
10
J. T. Howe
Howe, J.Vice Admiral
J. T. Howe
June 1986June 19871 yearEmblem of the United States Navy.svg
United States Navy
.
11
Robert D. Beckel
Beckel, RobertLieutenant General
Robert D. Beckel
(born 1937)
June 1987January 19902 years, 7 monthsMilitary service mark of the United States Air Force.svg
United States Air Force
[16]
12
Charles P. Otstott
Otstott, CharlesLieutenant General
Charles P. Otstott
(born 1937)
February 1990June 19922 years, 5 monthsMilitary service mark of the United States Army.png
United States Army
.
13
N. W. Ray
Ray, N. W.Vice Admiral
N. W. Ray
June 1992November 19953 years, 5 monthsEmblem of the United States Navy.svg
United States Navy
.
14
Nicholas Kehoe
Kehoe, NicholasLieutenant General
Nicholas Kehoe
(born 1943)
November 1995September 19982 years, 10 monthsMilitary service mark of the United States Air Force.svg
United States Air Force
.
15
Michael J. Byron
Byron, MichaelLieutenant General
Michael J. Byron
(born 1941)
September 1998April 20012 years, 7 monthsEmblem of the United States Marine Corps.svg
United States Marine Corps
[17]
16
Malcolm I. Fages
Fages, MalcolmVice Admiral
Malcolm I. Fages
May 2001April 20043 yearsEmblem of the United States Navy.svg
United States Navy
[18]
17
Thomas L. Baptiste
Baptiste, ThomasLieutenant General
Thomas L. Baptiste
April 2004April 20073 yearsMilitary service mark of the United States Air Force.svg
United States Air Force
[19]
18
Karl W. Eikenberry
Eikenberry, KarlLieutenant General
Karl W. Eikenberry
(born 1951)
April 2007May 20092 years, 1 monthMilitary service mark of the United States Army.png
United States Army
.
19
Walter E. Gaskin
Gaskin, WalterLieutenant General
Walter E. Gaskin
May 2009August 20134 years, 3 monthsEmblem of the United States Marine Corps.svg
United States Marine Corps
.
20
Mark O. Schissler
Schissler, MarkLieutenant General
Mark O. Schissler
August 2013November 20163 years, 3 monthsMilitary service mark of the United States Air Force.svg
United States Air Force
[20]
21
Steven M. Shepro
Shepro, StevenLieutenant General
Steven M. Shepro
November 2016Incumbent3 years, 1 monthMilitary service mark of the United States Air Force.svg
United States Air Force
[21]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_137234.htm, NATO, Nov 4, 2016, retrieved Feb 15, 2018.
  2. https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/who_is_who_139939.htm, NATO, Jan 10, 2017, retrieved Feb 15, 2018.
  3. https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natolive/who_is_who_62218.htm, NATO Deputy Secretary General, Feb 14, 2012, retrieved Feb 15, 2018.
  4. https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/topics_69471.htm, Deputy Chairman of the Military Committee (DCMC), Jan 19, 2016, retrieved Feb 15, 2018.
  5. https://www.nato.int/nato_static_fl2014/assets/pdf/pdf_publications/20170213_2016-nato-encyclopedia-eng.pdf, NATO Encyclopedia, 2016, p. 338, retrieved Feb 15, 2018.
  6. https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/topics_49152.htm,NATO: Chairman of the Military Committee, Dec 7, 2017, retrieved Feb 15, 2018
  7. NATO (19 January 2016). "Deputy Chairman of the Military Committee (DCMC)". NATO. Retrieved 21 August 2018.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Douglas S. Bland, 'The Military Committee of the North Atlantic Alliance: A Study of Structure and Strategy,' New York, Praeger, 1991, p. 182.
  9. https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/topics_64557.htm?, NATO International Military Staff, Jun 15, 2017, retrieved Feb 15, 2018.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Douglas S. Bland, 'The Military Committee of the North Atlantic Alliance: A Study of Structure and Strategy,' New York, Praeger, 1991, p. 181.
  11. https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/topics_69471.htm, NATO, Jan 10, 2016, retrieved Feb 15, 2018.
  12. http://www.af.mil/About-Us/Biographies/Display/Article/106228/general-tr-milton/, General T. R. Milton Biography, retrieved Feb 15, 2018.
  13. http://www.af.mil/About-Us/Biographies/Display/Article/105652/lieutenant-general-richard-f-shaefer/,US Air Force, retrieved Feb 15, 2018
  14. http://www.af.mil/About-Us/Biographies/Display/Article/107427/lieutenant-general-martin-g-colladay/,US Air Force Biographies, retrieved Feb 15, 2018
  15. http://apps.westpointaog.org/Memorials/Article/13573/,US Military Academy Association of Graduates,Cullum No. 13573, retrieved Feb 15, 2018
  16. http://www.af.mil/About-Us/Biographies/Display/Article/107761/lieutenant-general-robert-d-beckel/,US Air Force Biographies, retrieved Feb 15, 2018
  17. https://www.nato.int/cv/milrep/us/byron-e.htm,NATO,Nov 16, 1999, retrieved Feb 15, 2018
  18. https://www.nato.int/cv/dmilcom/fages.htm,NATO, Sep 12, 2002, retrieved Feb 15, 2018
  19. http://www.af.mil/About-Us/Biographies/Display/Article/107764/lieutenant-general-thomas-l-baptiste/,US Air Force Biographies, retrieved Feb 15, 2018
  20. p://www.af.mil/About-Us/Biographies/Display/Article/107994/lieutenant-general-mark-o-schissler/,US Air Force Biographies, retrieved Feb 15, 2018
  21. http://www.af.mil/About-Us/Biographies/Display/Article/108594/brigadier-general-steven-m-shepro/,US Air Force Biographies, retrieved Feb 15, 2018

Further reading[edit | edit source]

  • Douglas S. Bland, 'The Military Committee of the North Atlantic Alliance: A Study of Structure and Strategy,' New York, Praeger, 1991.


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