National Liaison Representatives

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:

  • al ALBANIA - Captain Arsen Mullaj, Albanian Navy
  • be BELGIUM - Colonel Bart Hubrechtsen, Belgian Army
  • bg BULGARIA - Lt. Colonel Martin Bachvarov, Bulgarian Army
  • ca CANADA- Lt. Colonel James Marshall, Royal Canadian Air Force
    • Deputy - Major Sam Perreault, Canadian Army
  • hr CROATIA - Colonel Branimir Tojcić, Croatian Army
    • Assistant - Major Danko Baricevic, Croatian Army
  • cz CZECH REPUBLIC - Colonel Jiří Vávra, Czech Air Force
    • Deputy - Captain Marek Gresak, Czech Army
  • dk DENMARK - Brigadier General Steen Ulrich, Danish Air Force
    • Deputy - Lt. Colonel Jens Assum, Danish Army
  • ee ESTONIA - Colonel Vahur Väljamäe, Estonian Army
  • fr FRANCE - Colonel Bruno Heluin, French Army
    • Deputy - Colonel Benjamin Vinot Prefontaine, French Air Force
  • de GERMANY - Colonel Huber Katz, German Army
    • Deputy - Lieutenant Colonel Sandra Wilhelm, German Army
  • gr GREECE - Colonel Christos Ntaflos, Hellenic Army
    • Deputy - Lt. Commander Argyro Tzagkaraki Neraki, Hellenic Navy
  • hu HUNGARY - Colonel László Drót, Hungarian Army
    • Deputy - Lt. Colonel Geza Gulyas, Hungarian Army
  • is ICELAND - Mr. Olafur Olafsson, Icelandic Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • it ITALY - Captain Giovanni Iodice, Italian Navy
    • Deputy - Major Massimiliano Fiacchi, Italian Army
  • lv LATVIA - Colonel Egils Kupčs, Latvian Air Force
  • lt LITHUANIA - Colonel Aleksiejus Gaizevskis, Lithuanian Army
  • lu LUXEMBOURG - Ms. Veronque Dockendorf, Luxembourgish Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • mon MONTENEGRO - Vacant
  • nl THE NETHERLANDS - Captain L. (Lennart) G.J. van den Berg - Royal Netherlands Navy
  • mk NORTH MACEDONIA - Vacant
  • no NORWAY - Colonel Gerhard Larsen, Norwegian Air Force
    • Deputy - Lt. Colonel Tor Are Harvey, Norwegian Army
  • pl POLAND - Captain Tomasz Kepka, Polish Navy
    • Deputy - Captain Piotr Klepka, Polish Navy
  • pt PORTUGAL - Colonel Sérgio Lino de Almeida Estrela, Portuguese Air Force
  • ro ROMANIA - Captain Lucian Grigorescu, Romanian Navy
    • Deputy - Lt. Colonel Mihai-Ilie Rusu, Romanian Army
  • sk SLOVAKIA - Colonel Svetozár Bohuš, Slovakian Air Force
    • Assistant - Lt. Colonel Ladislav Suvák, Slovakian Air Force
  • si SLOVENIA - Colonel Tadej Burgar, Slovenian Army
  • es SPAIN - Colonel José Richard, Spanish Air Force
    • Deputy - Commander Ignacio De Ayala, Spanish Navy
  • tr TURKEY - Captain Emre Parlak (acting), Turkish Air Force
  • gb UNITED KINGDOM - Captain Al Wilson, Royal Navy
  • us UNITED STATES - Colonel Julie Gaulin, United States Air Force
    • Deputy - Mr. Greg Freeburn, United States Department of Defence

Partnership for Peace National Liaison Representatives listed alphabetically by nation:

  • at AUSTRIA - Colonel Guido Kraus, Austrian Army
  • az AZERBAIJAN - Colonel Sadig Farzaliyev, Azerbaijan Army
  • fi FINLAND - Captain Kjell Torner, Finnish Navy
  • ge GEORGIA - Lt. Colonel Romani Kavtaradze, Georgian Army
  • se SWEDEN - Colonel Ulf Landgren, Swedish Air Force
  • ch SWITZERLAND - Lt. Colonel Blaise Pelletier, Swiss Army
  • ua UKRAINE – Colonel Hennadiy Kovalenko, Ukrainian Army

NATO Interface:

  • HQ NLR Interface - Cdr Matthew Scornavacchi, United States Navy