NATO Grand Prior
LTC Fredrik Michelet
The NATO Grand Priory of Saint Sebastian – Soldier Martyr is an
autonomous member of the Ordo Supremus Militaris Templi Hierosolymitani
(OSMTH), commonly known by its English translation, The Sovereign
Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem (SMOTJ) or simply as Knights
Templar. The Order is a 200 year old organization, founded in France in 1804, on the precepts and goals of
the noble crusading Order of the Temple of Jerusalem, 1118-1307.
Membership in the NATO Grand Priory is composed of military
officers and defense officials of NATO member countries and partner
states, who are recommended, and who are awarded, the NATO Grand Priory
Military Cross of Merit. Award of the Cross of Merit is in recognition of significant contributions to the
NATO community and to the Grand Priory’s humanitarian goals.
The purposes of the NATO Grand Priory include
furthering the concepts of Christian chivalry of the original Knights
Templar Order, and pursuing humanitarian objectives in the modern
world. The NATO Grand Priory supports communications and networking among NATO and NATO partnership
militaries and defense establishments, support of NATO peace and
peacekeeping initiatives, development of interoperability of NATO and
NATO partner forces, and support of veterans and veteran organizations.