UNITED STATES AIR FORCE
COLONEL JEFFREY H. FISCHER, RETIRED
EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT TO THE COMMANDER, NATO SPECIAL
OPERATIONS HEADQUARTERS, MONS, BELGIUM
Colonel Fischer retired from the U.S. Air Force as the Executive Assistant to the NATO Special Operations Headquarters (NSHQ) Commander. NSHQ is the senior most Special Operations strategic organization in NATO, crafting doctrine, policy, and strategy as well as ensuring adherence to standardization of operations, tactics, techniques and procedures. Colonel Fischer was the Commander’s principal confidant, trusted advisor and senior manager of the Command Staff. He was the principal gatekeeper of all information in and out of the Commander’s office as well as primary manager of his time.
Colonel Fischer graduated from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana in 1990 with a history degree. After commissioning, he became a navigator in the EC-130H Compass Call where he was an instructor and weapons officer. Later, he was selected for an exchange with the U.S. Navy flying EA-6B Prowlers off the USS Constellation from 1996 through 1999. Colonel Fischer served in Operations DENY FLIGHT, PROVIDE PROMISE, DELIBERATE FORCE, SOUTHERN WATCH, ALLIED FORCE, ENDURING FREEDOM, and IRAQI FREEDOM. Additionally, he commanded the Provincial Reconstruction Team in Qalat, Afghanistan, was Forward Operating Base Lagman Commanding Officer, and a Deputy Group Commander of the 455th Expeditionary Mission Support Group, Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan. Colonel Fischer also has extensive work on the US Air Staff in both requirements and programming. Most recently, he served as the Chairman of the Joint Chief’s Senior Advisor on European Arms Control at the U.S. Mission to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, then followed as the Senior Defense Official / Defense Attaché to U.S. Embassy Pristina Kosovo. Colonel Fischer is married to the former Barbara Mutsch and father to Tobias Josef Fischer.
Colonel Fischer is a Master Navigator with over 1,800 flying hours; 400 are in combat or combat support in a variety of aircraft.