Manfred Wörner (1934-1994), the former West German minister of defense, was appointed secretary-general of NATO and chairman of the North Atlantic Council in July 1988. He had to steer the Atlantic Alliance through times of formidable changes in East-West relations after the fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989.
W is an important letter. Both in terms of sound and in terms of history, it sits between vowels and consonants. As anyone who's paid attention to a baby's babbling knows, it's also one of the first sounds many children learn to vocalize, and indeed to misspeak in place of sounds like R and L.