Planning a Way Forward
EUCOM, AFRICOM host Joint Logistics Conference
The U.S. European command state of the theater panel speak to attendees of the Joint EUCOM/U.S. Africa Command Deployment and Distribution Conference at the Maritim Hotel in Stuttgart, Germany. The JEADDC took place May 21–23, with over 200 people in attendance to discuss the importance of logistics within their respective theaters.
5 photos: The U.S. European Command State of the Theater Panel speak to Attendees
Photo 1 of 5: The U.S. European command state of the theater panel speak to attendees of the Joint EUCOM/U.S. Africa Command Deployment and Distribution Conference at the Maritim Hotel in Stuttgart, Germany. The JEADDC took place May 21–23, with over 200 people in attendance to discuss the importance of logistics within their respective theaters. Download full-resolution version
Rear Adm. Paul J. Verrastro, director of logistics, U.S. European Command, speaks to members participating in the Joint EUCOM/U.S. Africa Command Deployment and Distribution Conference at the Maritim Hotel in Stuttgart, Germany. The JEADDC The conference took place May 21–23, with over 200 people in attendance to discuss the importance of logistics within their respective theaters.
5 photos: Director of Logistics, USEUCOM, speaks to members participating in the Joint EUCOM/AFRICOM Deployment and Distribution Conference
Photo 2 of 5: Rear Adm. Paul J. Verrastro, director of logistics, U.S. European Command, speaks to members participating in the Joint EUCOM/U.S. Africa Command Deployment and Distribution Conference at the Maritim Hotel in Stuttgart, Germany. The JEADDC The conference took place May 21–23, with over 200 people in attendance to discuss the importance of logistics within their respective theaters. Download full-resolution version
U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Mark D. Camerer, Director for Logistics, U.S. Africa Command speaks to members participating in the Joint U.S. European Command/AFRICOM Deployment and Distribution Conference at the Maritim Hotel in Stuttgart, Germany. The JEADDC took place May 21–23, with over 200 people in attendance to discuss the importance of logistics within their respective theaters.
5 photos: Director for Logistics, U.S. Africa Command speaks to members participating in the Joint USEUCOM/AFRICOM Deployment and Distribution Conference
Photo 3 of 5: U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Mark D. Camerer, Director for Logistics, U.S. Africa Command speaks to members participating in the Joint U.S. European Command/AFRICOM Deployment and Distribution Conference at the Maritim Hotel in Stuttgart, Germany. The JEADDC took place May 21–23, with over 200 people in attendance to discuss the importance of logistics within their respective theaters. Download full-resolution version
Members of the Joint U.S. European Command/U.S. Africa Command Deployment and Distribution Conference listen to a presentation, at the Maritim Hotel in Stuttgart, Germany. The JEADDC took place May 21–23, with over 200 people in attendance to discuss the importance of logistics within their respective theaters
5 photos: Members of the Joint USEUCOM/USAFRICOM Deployment and Distribution Conference listen to a Presentation
Photo 4 of 5: Members of the Joint U.S. European Command/U.S. Africa Command Deployment and Distribution Conference listen to a presentation, at the Maritim Hotel in Stuttgart, Germany. The JEADDC took place May 21–23, with over 200 people in attendance to discuss the importance of logistics within their respective theaters Download full-resolution version
Members of the Joint U.S. European Command/U.S. Africa Command Deployment and Distribution Conference listen to a presentation, at the Maritim Hotel in Stuttgart, Germany. The JEADDC took place May 21–23, with over 200 people in attendance to discuss the importance of logistics within their respective theaters.
5 photos: Members of the Joint USEUCOM/USAFRICOM Deployment and Distribution Conference listen to Presentation
Photo 5 of 5: Members of the Joint U.S. European Command/U.S. Africa Command Deployment and Distribution Conference listen to a presentation, at the Maritim Hotel in Stuttgart, Germany. The JEADDC took place May 21–23, with over 200 people in attendance to discuss the importance of logistics within their respective theaters. Download full-resolution version
The U.S. European command state of the theater panel speak to attendees of the Joint EUCOM/U.S. Africa Command Deployment and Distribution Conference at the Maritim Hotel in Stuttgart, Germany. The JEADDC took place May 21–23, with over 200 people in attendance to discuss the importance of logistics within their respective theaters.
Rear Adm. Paul J. Verrastro, director of logistics, U.S. European Command, speaks to members participating in the Joint EUCOM/U.S. Africa Command Deployment and Distribution Conference at the Maritim Hotel in Stuttgart, Germany. The JEADDC The conference took place May 21–23, with over 200 people in attendance to discuss the importance of logistics within their respective theaters.
U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Mark D. Camerer, Director for Logistics, U.S. Africa Command speaks to members participating in the Joint U.S. European Command/AFRICOM Deployment and Distribution Conference at the Maritim Hotel in Stuttgart, Germany. The JEADDC took place May 21–23, with over 200 people in attendance to discuss the importance of logistics within their respective theaters.
Members of the Joint U.S. European Command/U.S. Africa Command Deployment and Distribution Conference listen to a presentation, at the Maritim Hotel in Stuttgart, Germany. The JEADDC took place May 21–23, with over 200 people in attendance to discuss the importance of logistics within their respective theaters
Members of the Joint U.S. European Command/U.S. Africa Command Deployment and Distribution Conference listen to a presentation, at the Maritim Hotel in Stuttgart, Germany. The JEADDC took place May 21–23, with over 200 people in attendance to discuss the importance of logistics within their respective theaters.

(STUTTGART, Germany) -- Members of U.S. European Command (USEUCOM) and U.S. Africa Command (USAFRICOM) met with leaders of industry and commercial partners from across both continents during the Joint EUCOM/AFRICOM Deployment and Distribution Conference (JEADDC) May 21–23 at the Maritim Hotel in Stuttgart, Germany.

The conference saw more than 200 people in attendance to discuss the importance of logistics within the European and African theaters and to build a collective awareness of the strategic value the U.S. military sees in its relationship with commercial partners.

“The purpose of the conference was to bring together our military, government, and corporate partners from the global transportation industry focused on supporting USEUCOM and USAFRICOM,” said U.S. Army Col. Todd S. Bertulis, Deputy Director of Logistics, USEUCOM. “We brought people together to address our challenges, discuss the environments we operate in, and ultimately develop a relationship that is less contractual and more strategic.”

The JEADDC conference had four broad headlines: shared understanding, global distribution outlook, partnership optimization and service component viewpoints.

“The 2018 National Defense Strategy signed by Secretary of Defense James Mattis has realigned and focused the Department beyond the type of warfare we’ve executed during the past 15 years,” said Rear Adm. Paul J. Verrastro, director of logistics, U.S. European Command. “This new strategy emphasizes a fundamentally different set of challenges and highlights that the European security environment has changed significantly from four years ago.”

With evolving operations in both USEUCOM and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) areas of concern, and in Africa, the approach to deterrence, operations, exercises and events drive the importance of being able to move supplies to sustain readiness within Europe and Africa.

Verrastro believes from the EUCOM perspective, the ability to quickly respond and reassure allies and partners rests upon the fact that the U.S. is here in Europe, forward and ready to deter and engage adversaries of the U.S. and our allies and partners in Europe and Africa. 

This was the first JEADDC since the conference stopped in 2011.

“USEUCOM sees our participation in multinational exercises enhancing our professional relationships and improves overall coordination with allies and partner militaries during times of crisis,” Verrastro said. “As such, from operational moves, to the USEUCOM and NATO exercise campaign, the steady increase of rotating equipment and personnel demonstrates our refocus on deterrence and defense.”

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