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Immediate Release

DOD Announces New Director for the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies

The Defense Department is proud to announce the appointment of retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Barre R. Seguin as the new Director for the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.  Seguin retired in October 2020 after more than 30 years of active service.  He succeeds retired Army Lt. Gen. Keith W. Dayton who has served in the position for more than ten years.  Dayton’s current term will end on May 31, 2021.

Seguin was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in 1988 through the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps after graduating from the State University of New York at Potsdam.  During his time on active duty, Seguin held leadership positions both in the U.S. and abroad, including six assignments in Europe, one of which was as a Fellow with the Marshall Center.  His final assignment in the Air Force was as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Employment for Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe.  Seguin’s assignments with NATO, SHAPE and U.S. Africa Command ensures he is uniquely qualified for the role of Director. 

The Marshall Center was established in November 1992 by former Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney.  On December 2, 1994 the Marshall Center officially became a German-American partnership between EUCOM and the German Ministry of Defense.

The mission of the Marshall Center is to enable solutions to regional and transnational security challenges through capacity building, access and a globally connected network.  The Marshall Center contributes to security cooperation with tailored, professional education and research, dialogue, and the persistent, thorough and thoughtful examination of issues that confront our region and the world both today and in the years ahead.

The Department wants to express its gratitude to retired Lt. Gen. Dayton for his continued service and leadership over the last ten years as the Director and wishes him well in future endeavors.