General Philip M. Breedlove

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Commander, U.S. European Command and NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe

Gen. Philip M. Breedlove assumed duties as Commander of European Command and as Supreme Allied Commander, Europe in late spring of 2013.

Prior to that, General Breedlove served as Commander, U.S. Air Forces in Europe; Commander, U.S. Air Forces Africa, Commander Air Component Command, Ramstein; and Director, Joint Air Power Competence Centre, Kalkar, Germany. He was responsible for Air Force activities, conducted through 3rd Air Force, in an area of operations covering more than 19 million square miles. This area includes 105 countries in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East, and the Arctic and Atlantic oceans.

General Breedlove was raised in Forest Park, Ga., and was commissioned in 1977 as a distinguished graduate of Georgia Tech's ROTC program. He has been assigned to numerous operational, command and staff positions, and has completed 10 overseas tours, including two remote tours. He has commanded a fighter squadron, an operations group, three fighter wings, and a numbered air force. Additionally, he has served as operations officer in the Pacific Command Division on the Joint Staff; executive officer to the Commander of Headquarters Air Combat Command; the senior military assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force; and Vice Director for Strategic Plans and Policy on the Joint Staff.

General Breedlove has flown combat missions in Operation Joint Forge/Joint Guardian. He is a command pilot with more than 3,500 flying hours, primarily in the F-16.

Breedlove earned his Bachelor’s in civil engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1977, a Master of Science in aeronautical technology from Arizona State University in 1991, and a Master’s Degree in national security studies from the National War College in 1995. Breedlove also served as a Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Seminar XXI at Washington D.C. in 2002.

He holds various decorations and awards, including a Legion of Merit with three oak leaf clusters, a Defense Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters and a Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters. He is also been awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal and Aerial Achievement Medal.

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An E3 Airborne Warning and Control System plane in flight May 17. The E-3As operational altitude is above 30,000ft. (Department of Defense photo)August 2, 2013MEETING FUTURE AIR THREATSA key pillar of NATO’s deterrence is the strength, flexibility and high quality of its air power. In Operation UNIFIED PROTECTOR over Libya, NATO jets flew some 26,000 sorties, including more than 9,600 strike missions
Members of the Polish Armed forces render a salute during an Aviation Detachment (AV DET) activation ceremony on the flightline of Lask Air Base, Poland, Nov. 9, 2012. The AV DET will be an enduring presence with 10 Airmen, but F-16 and C-130 crews and aircraft will rotate periodically for training, where the total number of personnel could surge up to 250. The AV DET supports Poland's continued defense modernization and standardization with the U.S. and North Atlantic Treaty Organization. July 26, 2013Aviation Detachment Deployment to Poland Shows U.S. Commitment to EuropeRecently I have read of concern in Poland of decreasing U.S. engagement due to the U.S. “rebalance” to Asia, thereby losing interest in Poland and Europe as strategic partners. Nothing could be further from the truth!
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Gen. Philip M. Breedlove, U. S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa commander, welcomes Bulgarian Air Chief, Maj. Gen. Costantin Popov, Feb. 11, 2013 to Ramstein Air Base, Germany. Breedlove and Popov conducted a routine Air Chief office call to build partnerships and discuss the betterment of both nations.October 28, 2013European Partnerships Vital to Global Security, Breedlove SaysIt makes fiscal and strategic sense for the United States to continue to base troops in Europe, the officer who serves as NATO's supreme allied commander for Europe and commander of U.S. European Command said today.
Command Chief Master Sgt. Todd Small, enlisted advisor to NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe, addresses an assembled group of senior enlisted leaders, from more than 30 nations, at the opening of the 10th annual International Senior Enlisted Seminar, Sept. 9, 2013. ISES participants focus on building the capabilities and interoperability of noncommissioned officers, while continuing to develop the NCO corps of NATO, Partnership for Peace, and key-contact nations.September 18, 2013The heart of empowering NCOs The 10th annual International Senior Enlisted Seminarbrings together the senior enlisted leaders from over 30 nations in order to build the capabilities and interoperability of noncommissioned officers, while continuing to develop the NCO corps of NATO, Partnership for Peace, and key-contact nations.
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