U.S. European Command and NATO Supreme Headquarters Allied Command Europe leaders met this week for staff talks, reinforcing the strong collaboration and synchronization between the two organizations.
The staff talks were initiated in 2018 to strengthen transparency and understanding between the U.S. and NATO. German Navy Adm. Joachim Ruhle led the SHAPE staff, and Maj. Gen. Lamontagne led the USEUCOM Staff.
“During this critical time, our ability to align and synchronize our efforts has never been more important,” Lamontagne said. “This is an opportunity for leaders to advance the convergence of EUCOM priorities and planning efforts with those of NATO – as one of 30 members of the Alliance.”
Subject matter experts from both staffs addressed aligning planning and exercise efforts and discussed the NATO force model. They also spoke about the importance of developing a common understanding of multi-domain operations.
Throughout the event, leaders reaffirmed the need for continued dialogue and the benefits of close coordination and synchronization between the two organizations.
"Not only do meetings like this strengthen our unity, they offer us a moment to reflect on our processes, help identify ways to solve problems and ultimately improve our warfighting readiness," Ruhle said.
U.S. European Command (USEUCOM) is responsible for U.S. military operations across Europe, portions of Asia and the Middle East, the Arctic and Atlantic Ocean. USEUCOM is comprised of more than 64,000 permanently assigned military and civilian personnel and works closely with NATO Allies and partners. The command is one of two U.S. forward-deployed geographic combatant commands headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany.