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.
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
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.