STUTTGART, Germany - Military leaders are coming together in Bratislava, Slovakia for the Central Europe Chiefs of Defence conference Jan. 30, cohosted by U.S. European Command Commander Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti and Slovak Chief of Defense Gen. Milan Maxim.
Generals from Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, Romania and Bulgaria will attend.
"I do believe that our conference will strengthen mutual cooperation in the field of defense and allow us to strengthen our collaboration and unity of effort in fighting our common current and future security challenges," said General Maxim in a release.
This year's conference is marked by the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, which deeply influenced the history of conference-participating countries. Among the important historical markers are the 25th anniversary of a separate independent Slovak Republic and its Armed Forces, in addition to 25 years of defense cooperation between Slovakia and United States.
This year, military leaders attending the conference will discuss a variety of topics: the foundations of integrating air and missile defense, alliance unity, regional security military exercises, military mobility strategy, and the transformation of Slovakian forces.
U.S. European Command is one of two U.S. forward-deployed geographic combatant commands whose area of focus spans across Europe, portions of Asia and the Middle East, the Arctic and Atlantic oceans. The command is comprised of more than 60,000 military and civilian personnel and is responsible for U.S. defense operations, relations with NATO and 51 countries. For more information about U.S. European Command, visit http://www.eucom.mil/.