Command Structure

Headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany, EUCOM is a joint forces community of approximately 1,000 U.S. soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and government civilians, who work and live at four different locations around the city. From its state-of-the-art plans and operations center, the command directs the operations of more than 100,000 military and civilian personnel across 10.7 million square miles or 27.7 million km2 of land and 13 million square miles or 33.6 million km2 of ocean.

Within EUCOM itself, the command is divided into directorates and other special staff groups that are charged with specific mission support or management functions. Additionally, EUCOM’s reach extends to the Offices of Defense Cooperation, the Marshall Center, and the NATO School.

In this section:

EUCOM HQ Commandant's Office

J1 - Manpower, Personnel and Administration

The J1 aims to optimize EUCOM’s human resource posture to enable U.S. Forces to conduct the full spectrum of missions within EUCOM’s area of responsibility

J2 - Intelligence

EUCOM’s intelligence enterprise focuses on the commander’s priorities to provide advanced warning, situational understanding, relevant predictive estimates, and strategic context for its strategy of “active security” and lines of operation.

J3 - European Command Plans and Operations Center (EPOC)

The J3 Plans and Operations Center (EPOC) directs the development and execution of operations that support U.S. interests and regional alliances in EUCOM’s area of responsibility.

J4 - Logistics

As the logistics directorate, J4 enables strategic and operational readiness by coordinating logistics, health readiness, engineering and humanitarian support throughout EUCOM’s theater and optimizing joint and multinational force abilities.

J5/8 - Policy, Strategy, Partnering and Capabilities

The J5/8 develops basic military/political policy and planning for command activities involving relations with other U.S. combatant commands, allied and international military organizations, and subordinate commands.

J6 – C4/Cyber

The J6 ensures delivery of decision quality information by managing systems, people and processes to enhance transatlantic security and defend the homeland.

J7– Exercises and Assessments

The J7 directorate provides independent assessments and analysis of strategic and operational processes and products.

J9 – Interagency Partnering

The J9 embodies a “whole of society” approach, bringing in a wide range of perspectives by integrating U.S. and nongovernmental agencies, academic institutions, international organizations, and private-sector partners to better execute EUCOM operations.


The command chaplain helps advance EUCOM’s objectives of regional security and stability by providing advice and situational awareness on all matters related to religion, ethics and morale.

Civilian Deputy to the Commander/Foreign Policy Advisor

The Civilian Deputy to the EUCOM Commander (CD) is "dual-hatted" as the Senior Foreign Policy Advisor (POLAD) to the Commander.


The Comptroller executes the command’s annual budget according to fiscal law.

History Office

The Command History office is the institutional memory of EUCOM. It is responsible for preserving the key documentation and events of the Command for the immediate and long term use of EUCOM and posterity.

Inspector General

Through inspection processes, teaching and training, assistance, and investigation, the Inspector General's staff reports on the command’s discipline, efficiency, economy, morale, training, and readiness.

Judge Advocate

The European Command Judge Advocate’s mission is to provide legal advice to the commander and his staff in matters involving operational law; domestic, foreign and international law; and related policy matters.


Protocol staff members support EUCOM’s commander, deputy commander, civilian deputy, and chief of staff. They plan and coordinate official ceremonies that directly support the command group, conferences for the commande, and deputy commander, official visits, receptions, dinners, and related protocol support

Communication and Engagement

The directorate of Communication and Engagement supports the commander of U.S. European Command and component commands.

Marshall Center

The center's mission is to create a more stable security environment by advancing democratic institutions and relationships, especially in the field of defense; promoting active, peaceful security cooperation; and enhancing enduring partnerships among the nations of North America, Europe and Eurasia.

NATO School

The NATO School's mission is to conduct education and individual training that support current and developing NATO operations, strategy, policy, doctrine and procedures.

Offices of Defense Cooperation

Offices of Defense Cooperation work with their respective host nations, in close partnership with U.S. Embassy country teams and under U.S. ambassador direction.