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Sep 3 2020

MEET YOUR ACO CSELS: CMSGT MICHAEL MÖLLER

SHAPE, Belgium – German Air Force Chief Master Sergeant (CMSgt) Michael Möller serves as the Command Senior Enlisted Leader (CSEL) of NATO’s Airborne Early Warning and Control (NAEW&C) Force located in Geilenkirchen, Germany.

As CSEL, CMSgt Möller serves as the principal advisor to his commander, German Air Force Major General Jörg Lebert, on matters affecting non-commissioned members (NCM) in the Alliance, while providing the command’s force structure and staff with NCM and junior officer development, utilisation and engagement. He has been in the position since July 2015.

To fulfil the task of our Force, to deliver ready, responsive Airborne Early Warning, Battle Management and Command and Control capability, we have to make sure, to have always well trained and motivated Non-commissioned members and officers ready for the mission

“To serve as the first CSEL in the NAEW&C Force is a very honorable privilege and marks the highlight of my career,” said CMSgt Möller. “To fulfil the task of our Force, to deliver ready, responsive Airborne Early Warning, Battle Management and Command and Control capability, we have to make sure, to have always well trained and motivated Non-commissioned members and officers ready for the mission.”

CMSgt Möller is a native of Kassel, Germany and joined the German Air Force in October 1983. After graduating with the Air Force Training Regiment 10 – Basic Training, his first tour of duty was spent at the Air Defence Battalion 22 (NIKE) in Burbach, Germany where he worked as a Section Panel Operator and as Crew and Section Chief for the Launching Area. Throughout his distinguished career he has served in several locations abroad including a tour of duty at the US Army Air Defence Artillery School in Fort Bliss, Texas as well as several tours in Denmark. He has served at multiple NATO commands including Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) and twice previously at the NATO E-3A Component, part of NAEW&C Force. His awards include the Bronze Cross of Honour of the Bundeswehr and the US Meritorious Service Medal. As a CSEL he continues to promote enlisted professional development through training and education opportunities for NCM’s and the junior officer corps.

Chief Master Sergeant Michael Möller, the Command Senior Enlisted Leader of NATO's Airborne Early Warning and Control Force, poses for a photo.

“Advising the Commanders, providing direction, promoting the opportunities of the development program within NATO for the enlisted corps and representing their interests are just some of my top priorities,” said CMSgt Möller.

In the early 1970’s, various NATO studies indicated that an airborne early warning (AEW) system would greatly enhance the Alliance’s existing airspace defence system. In December 1978 the members of NATO’s defence Planning Committee (DPC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the procurement and operational use of an AEW system. This decision by the member nations launched NATO’s largest procurement programme of that time. The NAEW&C Force was established in January 1980. At the end of 1988 the E 3A Component was declared fully operational. The E-3D Component achieved fully operational status on July 1, 1992.

NAEW&C Force has two units with operational capability: The NATO E-3A Component in Geilenkirchen, Germany, with 14 E-3A aircraft, and the E-3D Component of the Royal Air Force (RAF) in Waddington, UK, with six E-3D aircraft crewed solely by RAF personnel. The NAEW&C Force is commanded on a rotational basis by either a US Air Force or a German Air Force major general. The deputy commander is an RAF Air Commodore. The Force Command reports directly to the Supreme Allied Commander Europe.

This is part nine of a SHAPE Public Affairs series, introducing CSELs within Allied Command Operations. Following highlights will include CSELs from: NATO Force Structure components, and other units from multiple domains and subcommands.

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