USAG Bavaria - Garmisch Community supports three main tenant units: the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies at Sheridan Kaserne, the NATO School in nearby Oberammergau, and the Armed Forces Recreation Center. The garrison also supports numerous smaller units and facilities spread across Southern Bavaria.
The George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, located on Sheridan Kaserne in Garmisch, Germany, is a unique U.S. Department of Defense and German Ministry of Defense security and defense studies institute. Since its dedication in 1993, its mission has been to create a more stable security environment by advancing democratic institutions and relationships, especially in the field of defense; promoting active, peaceful security cooperation; and enhancing enduring partnerships among the nations of Europe, Eurasia, North America and beyond. With an international faculty and staff from 10 partner nations, the Center offers five graduate-level resident courses, outreach events such as conferences, seminars and workshops, a research program, foreign area studies and foreign language training. These programs are designed to foster understanding and "intellectual interoperability" among participating civilian and military professionals, as a necessary step in forging a community of nations who can cooperate in addressing complex regional and global security issues. Since the Center's founding, more than 6,100 military and civilian leaders from more than 100 nations have graduated from resident courses and about 18,500 have attended more than 360 outreach events.
The NATO School, located in Oberammergau about 12 miles to the northwest, is NATO's key training facility on the operational level. Since 1953, the NATO School has trained and educated members of the Alliance as well as personnel from partner nations. The mission of the NATO School is to conduct courses, training and seminars in support of NATO's current and developing strategy and policy. This includes cooperation and dialogue with military and civilian personnel from Non-NATO nations. The School strives for top-down clarity of vision in the educational process, especially during the present.
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