Curriculum Vitae

Sandor Fabian

I am not simply thinking out of the box, but without it…
I’m harvesting from the edges of strategic and design thinking.

SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS

A defense professional with more than 16 years of experience. Possess unique skills derived from both Eastern and Western military training and education. A motivated, focused and result oriented leader, scholar, author, educator and critical thinker.

-Understand and appreciate the special trust and highest expectations associated with a leader and a teacher
-Devoted to core values such as honor, courage, respect, commitment, faithfulness
-Possess a “moral compass”
-Inspires and instils confidence in his colleagues and subordinates
-Adheres to and enforces standards regardless of time of day, location or status
-Dedicated to a lifetime of study
-Communicates clearly both orally and in writing
-Has a bias for action – seizes the initiative and acts instead of waiting for the perfect sight or direction

NATO SPECIAL OPERATIONS HEADQUARTERS, MONS, Belgium
July 2014 – Present, Deputy Director of Force Readiness Directorate (LTC)
-In the absence of the director leads a team of 15 educated and highly motivated international Special Operations Forces (SOF) officers and Non-commissioned officers. (NCOs).
-Ensures that the NATO SOF Training and Readiness Cycle is fed with proper information.
-Responsible for the planning and execution of NATO SOF assessments and evaluations from tactical to strategic level.
-Responsible for the maintenance and periodic overview of NATO SOF evaluation directives.
-Supervises the planning and coordination of SOF participation in NATO exercises.

HUNGARIAN GENERAL STAFF, OPERATIONAL DIRECTORATE, BUDAPEST, Hungary
June 2012 – July 2014, SOF Cell Acting Director, Senior SOF Advisor to the Chief of Defence (CHOD) (LTC)
-Led strategic level planning and project implementation for Hungarian SOF.
-Provided subject matter expertise for mid and long-term resource planning.
-Led the coordination of HUN General Staff`s internal workflows with regards to SOF.
-Responsible for international cooperation including NATO, EU, multi and bilateral partnerships.
-Instigated the Doctrine for Hungarian SOF.
-Advised HUN CHOD and HUN General Staff Operations Director on SOF related issues.

34th LASZLO BERCSENYI SPECIAL OPERATIONS BATTALION, SZOLNOK, Hungary
Oct 2009 – June 2012 Operations Department Leader (S-3) (MAJ)
-Planned, controlled, and executed operations at the SOF battalion level.
-Prepared detailed plans which supported execution of policies and strategy.
-Determined training needs of the SOF battalion and prepared and supervised training to support those needs.
-Established policies and standards for unit readiness and supervised unit efforts to meet readiness standards.
-Documented the force and made recommendations concerning the Tables(s) of organization and Equipment (TO&E).
-Led of the execution of operations, plans, and training in support of assigned missions.

HUNGARIAN JOINT FORCES COMMAND, SZEKESFEHERVAR, Hungary
Feb 2008 – Oct 2009, SOF Staff Officer (MAJ)
-Led operational level planning and project implementation for Hungarian SOF.
-Provided subject matter expertise for short term resource planning and overview resource allocation.
-Spearheaded the coordination of HUN Joint Forces Command internal workflows with regards to SOF.
-Responsible for international cooperation including NATO, EU, multi and bilateral partnerships on the operational level.
-Provided a highly effective direct link between the tactical and the strategic level.
-Advised HUN Joint Forces Commander on SOF related issues.

34th LASZLO BERCSENYI SPECIAL OPERATIONS BATTALION, SZOLNOK, Hungary
Sep 2006 – Feb 2008 SOF Company Commander (MAJ)
-Key player in the establishment of HUN SOF capability as the first Company Commander.
-Responsible for planning, executing and assessing collective training.
-Ensured company property was properly maintained and accounted for.
-By serving as an example kept good morale, discipline, high readiness and great self confidence among his soldiers.
-Kept subordinates focused on the mission at all times.

34th LASZLO BERCSENYI LONG RANGE RECONNAISSANCE BATTALION, SZOLNOK, Hungary
Dec 2004 – Sep 2006 Company Deputy Commander (CPT)
-Responsible for the planning and execution of the Company`s administrative tasks, including pay related paper works, leave administration, supply requests, etc.
-Coordinated the company`s equipment maintenance and conducted frequent inspections.
-Planned, executed and assessed company level training.
-Coordinated company participation in national and international exercises.

34th LASZLO BERCSENYI LONG RANGE RECONNAISSANCE BATTALION, SZOLNOK, Hungary
Aug 2001 – Dec 2004 Platoon Commander (1LT)
-Led a team of 12 young, motivated and highly professional Hungarian Long Range Reconnaissance soldiers.
-Planned, executed and assessed individual and team level training.
-Led the team by example.
-Developed best practices for team level operations.

DEPLOYMENTS
Afghanistan 2009

HIGHER EDUCATION
-Naval Postgraduate School, Master`s of Science (Defense Analysis/Irregular Warfare)
-Miklos Zrinyi Hungarian National Defence University, Bachelor of Science (Military Arts and Science)

COURSES
-Mountain Warfare and Survival course, Austria,
-USMC Basic Officer Course, US
-USMC Infantry Officer Course, US
-USMC Expeditionary Warfare Course, US
-HUN SOF Qualification Course, Hungary
-International Special Training Centre, Special Operations Task Group Planning Course, Romania
-Joint Special Operations University, SOF Combating Terrorism Course, US
-NATO School Oberammergau, Sharia Law and the Current Operational Environment, Germany
-NATO School Oberammergau, TACEVAL Evaluator Course, Germany
-Naval Postgraduate School, Civil-Military Response to Terrorism Course, Ukraine
-NATO Special Operation School, NATO SOCC Staff Course, Belgium
-NATO Special Operation School, NATO SOCC Planner Course, Belgium
-NATO Special Operation School NATO Joint Operations Centre Course, Belgium
-NATO Special Operation School NATO Special Operations Evaluator Course, Belgium

COURSES INSTRUCTED

– Norwich University`s Strategic Studies and Defense Analysis bachelor`s degree program: Insurgency and Conflict

– NATO Counter Hybrid Threat Course – Hybrid Warfare

-NATO Special Operations Evaluations Course – Multiple lessons

-NATO Catalyst for Change course – Alternate Defense Strategy for Small States

ACHIEVEMENTS
-Military Member, Best Student and Best Athlete of the year for four consecutive years in military high school.
-Graduated Summa Cum Laude from Hungarian National Defence University and was commissioned as 1LT.
-Naval Postgraduate School Master’s Thesis was awarded with “Outstanding Thesis Award” and was published later as a paperback