The National Liaison Representatives are uniformed military nationals appointed by their nation’s government to NATO in a national capacity. The NLRs provide Headquarters, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation with national viewpoints and information from national sources, and serve as a channel of communication between HQ SACT and their national authorities.


There is a clear advantage in having National Liaison Representatives collocated with Supreme Allied Commander Transformation in Norfolk, Virginia, as the transformation processes continue to develop. Early involvement by nations has been of mutual benefit for Allied Command Transformation, NATO, and the senior defence leadership of nations involved.

NATO National Liaison Representatives listed alphabetically by nation:

  • alALBANIA - Colonel Fatmir Lokaj, Albanian Army
  • beBELGIUM - Colonel Koen De Clercq, Belgian Army
  • bgBULGARIA - Colonel Lyubomir Monov, Bulgarian Air Force
  • caCANADA- Lt. Colonel James Marshal, Royal Canadian Air Force
    • Deputy - Major Sam Perreault, Canadian Army
  • hrCROATIA - Colonel Jozo Matkovic, Croatian Navy
    • Assistant - Major Danko Baricevic, Croatian Army
  • czCZECH REPUBLIC - Colonel Jiri Vavra, Czech Air Force
    • Deputy - Major Radka Polackova, Czech Army
  • dkDENMARK - Brigadier General Steen Hartov, Danish Air Force
    • Assistant - Lt. Colonel Jens Assum, Danish Air Force
  • eeESTONIA - Colonel Vahur Valjamae, Estonian Army
  • frFRANCE - Colonel Bruno Heliun, French Army
    • Deputy - Captain Frederic De Rupilly, French Navy
  • deGERMANY - Colonel Huber Katz, German Army
    • Deputy - Lt. Colonel (GS) Rene Schueren, German Army
  • grGREECE - Colonel Petros Sassaris, Hellenic Air Force
    • Assistant - Lt. Commander Argyro Tzagkaraki, Hellenic Navy
  • huHUNGARY - Colonel István Juhász, Hungarian Army
    • Deputy - Lt. Colonel Geza Gulyas, Hungarian Army
  • isICELAND - Mrs. Adalheidur Porsteinsdottir, Icelandic Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • itITALY - Colonel Angelo Borgogelli, Italian Army
    • Deputy - Lt. Commander Giampiero Fabretti, Italian Navy
  • lvLATVIA - Colonel Aivars Mezors, Latvian Air Force
  • ltLITHUANIA - Colonel Romualdas Petkevicius, Lithuanian Air Force
  • luLUXEMBOURG - Ms. Veronque Dockendorf, Luxembourgish Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • nlTHE NETHERLANDS - Colonel Corné Govaarts, Royal Netherlands Army
  • noNORWAY - Colonel Gerhard Larsen, Norwegian Air Force
    • Deputy - Lt. Colonel Tor Are Harvey, Norwegian Army
  • plPOLAND - Captain Piotr Klepka (acting), Polish Navy, LNO to JS J7
  • ptPORTUGAL - Colonel Carlos De Melo, Portuguese Army
  • roROMANIA - Colonel Mihai Stir, Romanian Air Force
    • Deputy - Lt. Colonel Mihai Statie, Romanian Army
  • skSLOVAKIA - Colonel Svetozár Bohuš, Slovakian Air Force
    • Assistant - Lt. Colonel Ladislav Suvák, Slovakian Air Force
  • siSLOVENIA - Colonel Tadej Burgar, Slovenian Army
  • esSPAIN - Colonel Fermin Olay, Spanish Army
    • Deputy - Lt. Colonel Enrique Puig, Spanish Army
  • trTURKEY - Colonel Adem Erdem, Turkish Air Force
    • Deputy - Captain Emre Parlak, Turkish Air Force
  • gbUNITED KINGDOM - Group Captain John Sullivan, Royal Air Force
  • usUNITED STATES - Colonel Steve Rose, United States Air Force
    • Deputy - Mr. Greg Freeburn, United States Department of Defence

Partnership for Peace National Liaison Representatives listed alphabetically by nation:

  • atAUSTRIA - Colonel Hans Joerg Stopka, Austrian Army
  • azAZERBAIJAN - Colonel Rustam Gozalov, Azerbaijan Army
  • fiFINLAND - CAPT. Jarmo Pennala, Finnish Navy
  • geGEORGIA - Lt. Colonel Romani Kavtaradze, Georgian Army
  • seSWEDEN - Colonel Ulf Landgren, Swedish Air Force
  • chSWITZERLAND - Lt. Colonel Reinhard Eugster, Swiss Army
  • mkthe former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia* - Vacant
  • uaUKRAINE – Colonel Valerii Churkin, Ukrainian Army

NATO Interface:

  • HQ NLR Interface - Cdr Heath Sarvis, United States Navy

* Turkey recognises the Republic of Macedonia with its constitutional name