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Defense Attaché Colonel Brian Butcher Awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal

Colonel Butcher served as Defense Attaché to Uruguay from June 2003 to July 2005

Posted: July 1, 2005

Colonel Brian J. Butcher wearing the Defense Meritorious Service Medal. (U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi)
Colonel Brian J. Butcher wearing the Defense Meritorious Service Medal.
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U.S. Embassy Charge D Affaires James Williard decorates Colonel Brian J. Butcher. (U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi)
U.S. Embassy Chargé D'Affaires James Williard decorates Colonel Brian J. Butcher. (Click here to enlarge photo)
Colonel Butcher receiving Office of Defense Cooperation plaque from Commander Rolfe White. (U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi)
Colonel Butcher receiving Office of Defense Cooperation plaque from Commander Rolfe White. (Click here to enlarge photo)
Defense Attaché of the U.S. Embassy in Montevideo, Colonel Brian J. Butcher, has been awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, First Oak Leaf Cluster, for his service in a leadership position and performing exceptionally outstanding work. In a ceremony held July 1, 2005, Colonel Butcher also received a plaque from the Office of Defense Cooperation for his continued support of the office during the past two years.

The citation that accompanies the medal award states that Colonel Brian J. Butcher, United States Army, distinguished himself by exceptionally meritorious achievement while assigned as Defense Attaché, United States Defense Attaché Office in Montevideo, Uruguay, Defense Intelligence Agency, from June 2003 to July 2005, Colonel Butcher enhanced and improved an already successful Defense Attaché Office and built on the important cooperation of the Uruguayan armed forces on key politico-military peacekeeping, counter terrorism, and counter narcotics initiatives. He served as an invaluable member of the United States Embassy Montevideo team by providing excellent military advise, assisting very important people and supported a myriad of other activities. Through his distinctive accomplishments, Colonel Butcher reflects great credit upon himself, the United States Army, the Defense Intelligence Agency and the Department of Defense.

The United States Defense Attaché Office represents the United States Department of Defense to the Uruguayan government and armed forces. As the diplomatic representative of the Secretary of Defense, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Military Service Secretaries and the Service Chiefs of Staff, the Defense Attaché performs an important liaison role with Uruguayan defense officials on matters of mutual interest. The Defense Attaché advises the U.S. Ambassador on military matters.

Colonel Butcher has also been recently decorated by Uruguayan Army Commander in Chief, LTG Angel Bertolotti, with the Uruguayan Medal of Military Merit.

LTC Brian T. ButcherColonel Brian J. Butcher graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York in May 1983. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Armor and completed Airborne and Ranger Schools.

Colonel Butcher began his military career as a tank platoon leader, support platoon leader, and troop executive officer in the First Squadron, Eleventh Armored Cavalry Regiment in Fulda, Germany. Upon his return to the United States in 1987, he attended the U.S. Marine Corps Amphibious Warfare School in Quantico, Virginia. Colonel Butcher was then assigned to the First Battalion, 72d Armor, in Camp Casey, Korea, where he served as battalion adjutant and commanded D Company, 1-72 Armor.

Colonel Butcher was one of three Army captains to receive the Olmsted Scholarship in 1989. Under the provisions of this scholarship, he studied at the Universidad de Granada, in Granada, Spain, from 1990 to 1992, concentrating his studies in Modern and Contemporary History and Literature. Colonel Butcher then studied at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he received a Master’s Degree in Latin American Studies.

In 1993, Colonel Butcher was assigned to teach Spanish at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. In his three-year tour, he taught basic and intermediate Spanish, as well as guest lectured frequently in courses relating to Latin America.

Colonel Butcher was assigned to Fort Hood, Texas in 1996, where he first served as the executive officer to the Commanding General of III Corps. He was then assigned as a brigade operations officer and battalion executive officer in the First Cavalry Division.

In 1999, then-Major Butcher was assigned to the Inter-American Affairs directorate of the Office of the Secretary of Defense as country director for Panama. There, he helped shape U.S. policy toward Panama in the final months before the turnover of the Panama Canal. He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and served as the country director for Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, and Bolivia.

Colonel Butcher was selected to serve as a military assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict in May, 2001. In that capacity, he worked closely with the various offices that shape Department of Defense policy regarding special operations forces and operations, peacekeeping, humanitarian affairs, and counter drug policy.

He was nominated to serve as the Defense and Army Attaché to Uruguay in 2003, and promoted to Colonel in April, 2005.

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