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Austrian armed forces Col. Friedrich Ölböck (left), deputy to Austria defense attaché in Berlin, Austrian armed forces Maj. Gen. Anton Oschep, Austria's defense attaché in Berlin, visit the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies Feb. 10. Also pictured is the Marshall Center’s Austrian faculty chair and deputy director of the Program in Advanced Security Studies, Austrian armed forces Col. Gottfried Salchner. (DOD photo by German Luftwaffe Senior Master Sgt. Mark Winkler)

By German Luftwaffe Senior Master Sgt. Mark Winkler
Marshall Center German Public Affairs NCO

Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany (Feb. 10, 2015) – Austrian armed forces Maj. Gen. Anton Oschep, Austria's defense attaché in Berlin, and his deputy Austrian armed forces Col. Friedrich Ölböck visited the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies Feb. 10 here.

During his visit, Oschep met with the Marshall Center Director U.S. Army Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Keith Dayton to learn about the current goals and upcoming challenges in this German-American partnership.

"During my visit today, I became aware again how important the programs offered are at the Marshall Center and the benefits derived from the Center for Austria and our European partners, Oschep said.

He also pointed out that the current world climate clearly shows that not enough has been done for international cooperation and mutual understanding. Therefore, he still sees the mission of the Marshall Center, even after more than 20 years, as a contemporary and future-oriented.
For Austria, he said that the Marshall Center is an important partner in the transatlantic security policy.

"We are very pleased to have Colonel Gottfried Salchner at the Marshall Center as a faculty member,” Oschep said. “He can, through its international experience, the peculiarity of Austria, as a small but very active country, that the heart of Europe's contribution knows to be made, highlight and incorporate it in lectures.”

Oschep stressed that the positioning of Austria at this educational institution in the present and in the future, is mutually beneficial because of the cross-linking of international academies and research centers, the Austrian lectureship is an important position that should be occupied in the future.

The mission of the Marshall Center, as a vital instrument of German-American cooperation, is to create a more stable security environment by advancing democratic institutions and relationships; promoting active, peaceful, whole-of-government approaches to address transnational and regional