EUCOM commander tours Jackal Stone 11 SOF exercise
In a special visit to recognize the efforts of the special operations forces community in Europe, Admiral James Stavridis, commander, U.S. European Command, traveled to Romania to see multinational troops participating in the Jackal Stone 11 exercise.
The Commander of the U.S. European Command, Adm. James G. Stavridis , center, and Romanian Maj. Gen. Ștefan Dănilă, Chief of the Romanian General Staff, right, listens to a Polish exercise participant taking part in the Jackal Stone 11 multinational special operations forces exercise on Mihail Kogălniceanu Air Base, Romania, Sept. 20, 2011. The purpose of the exercise, coordinated by Special Operations Command Europe, is to enhance special operations forces capacity and interoperability between the nine participating nations, while simultaneously building cooperation and partnerships.
8 photos: Adm. James G. Stavridis and Romanian Maj. Gen. Ștefan Dănilă listen to a Polish exercise participant taking part in Jackal Stone 11.
Photo 1 of 8: The Commander of the U.S. European Command, Adm. James G. Stavridis , center, and Romanian Maj. Gen. Ștefan Dănilă, Chief of the Romanian General Staff, right, listens to a Polish exercise participant taking part in the Jackal Stone 11 multinational special operations forces exercise on Mihail Kogălniceanu Air Base, Romania, Sept. 20, 2011. The purpose of the exercise, coordinated by Special Operations Command Europe, is to enhance special operations forces capacity and interoperability between the nine participating nations, while simultaneously building cooperation and partnerships. Download full-resolution version
U.S. Adm. James Stavridis, commander of the U.S. European Command, signs the Captain’s logbook  aboard the Romanian frigate “Regina Maria” prior to a live tactical demonstration  from a  multinational maritime Special Operations Task Group during the Jackal Stone 11 Exercise on Sep. 20, 2011. The purpose of the exercise, coordinated by Special Operations Command Europe, is to enhance special operations forces capacity and interoperability between the nine participating nations, while simultaneously building cooperation and partnerships.
8 photos: Adm. James Stavridis, commander of the U.S. European Command, signs the Captain’s logbook aboard the Romanian frigate “Regina Maria.”
Photo 2 of 8: U.S. Adm. James Stavridis, commander of the U.S. European Command, signs the Captain’s logbook aboard the Romanian frigate “Regina Maria” prior to a live tactical demonstration from a multinational maritime Special Operations Task Group during the Jackal Stone 11 Exercise on Sep. 20, 2011. The purpose of the exercise, coordinated by Special Operations Command Europe, is to enhance special operations forces capacity and interoperability between the nine participating nations, while simultaneously building cooperation and partnerships. Download full-resolution version
Romanian Vice Adm. Aurel Popa, Romanian Chief of Navy Staff, left, U.S. Adm. James Stavridis, commander of U.S. European Command, second left, Lieutenant Gen. Ştefan Dănilă, the Chief of General Staff, third left, and U.S. Maj. Gen. Michael S. Repass, commander of Special Operations Command Europe, center, salute Romanian sailors prior to boarding the Romanian frigate “Regina Maria” to observe a live tactical demonstration during Jackal Stone 11 on Sep. 20, 2011. The purpose of the exercise, coordinated by Special Operations Command Europe, is to enhance special operations forces capacity and interoperability between the nine participating nations, while simultaneously building cooperation and partnerships.
8 photos: Romanian Adm. Aurel Popa, U.S. Adm. James Stavridis, Lieutenant Gen. Ştefan Dănilă, and U.S. Maj. Gen. Michael S. Repass salute Romanian sailors prior to boarding the Romanian frigate “Regina Maria.”
Photo 3 of 8: Romanian Vice Adm. Aurel Popa, Romanian Chief of Navy Staff, left, U.S. Adm. James Stavridis, commander of U.S. European Command, second left, Lieutenant Gen. Ştefan Dănilă, the Chief of General Staff, third left, and U.S. Maj. Gen. Michael S. Repass, commander of Special Operations Command Europe, center, salute Romanian sailors prior to boarding the Romanian frigate “Regina Maria” to observe a live tactical demonstration during Jackal Stone 11 on Sep. 20, 2011. The purpose of the exercise, coordinated by Special Operations Command Europe, is to enhance special operations forces capacity and interoperability between the nine participating nations, while simultaneously building cooperation and partnerships. Download full-resolution version
U.S. Adm. James Stavridis, commander of the U.S. European Command, left, and Romanian Lieutenant Gen. Ştefan Dănilă, the Romanian Chief of General Staff, right, shake hands after watching a live tactical demonstration from a multinational maritime Special Operations Task Group Forces during the Jackal Stone 11 Exercise on Sep. 20, 2011. The purpose of the exercise, coordinated by Special Operations Command Europe, is to enhance special operations forces capacity and interoperability between the nine participating nations, while simultaneously building cooperation and partnerships.
8 photos: Adm. James Stavridis and Romanian Lieutenant Gen. Ştefan Dănilă shake hands.
Photo 4 of 8: U.S. Adm. James Stavridis, commander of the U.S. European Command, left, and Romanian Lieutenant Gen. Ştefan Dănilă, the Romanian Chief of General Staff, right, shake hands after watching a live tactical demonstration from a multinational maritime Special Operations Task Group Forces during the Jackal Stone 11 Exercise on Sep. 20, 2011. The purpose of the exercise, coordinated by Special Operations Command Europe, is to enhance special operations forces capacity and interoperability between the nine participating nations, while simultaneously building cooperation and partnerships. Download full-resolution version
The Commander of the U.S. European Command, Adm. James G. Stavridis, left, and Army Maj. Gen. Michael S. Repass, the Commander of Special Operations Command Europe, departs the Jackal Stone 11 Combined Joint Forces Special Operations Component Command after receiving an overview of the multinational special operations forces exercise at Mihail Kogălniceanu Air Base, Romania, Sept. 20, 2011. The purpose of the exercise, coordinated by Special Operations Command Europe, is to enhance special operations forces capacity and interoperability between the nine participating nations, while simultaneously building cooperation and partnerships.
8 photos: Adm. James G. Stavridis and Army Maj. Gen. Michael S. Repass depart Jackal Stone 11.
Photo 5 of 8: The Commander of the U.S. European Command, Adm. James G. Stavridis, left, and Army Maj. Gen. Michael S. Repass, the Commander of Special Operations Command Europe, departs the Jackal Stone 11 Combined Joint Forces Special Operations Component Command after receiving an overview of the multinational special operations forces exercise at Mihail Kogălniceanu Air Base, Romania, Sept. 20, 2011. The purpose of the exercise, coordinated by Special Operations Command Europe, is to enhance special operations forces capacity and interoperability between the nine participating nations, while simultaneously building cooperation and partnerships. Download full-resolution version
Romanian Lieutenant Gen. Ştefan Dănilă, the Romanian Chief of General Staff, left, and U.S. Adm. James Stavridis, commander of U.S. European Command, right, prepares to watch a live tactical demonstration from a multinational maritime Special Operations Task Group during the Jackal Stone 11 Exercise on Sep. 20, 2011.The purpose of the exercise, coordinated by Special Operations Command Europe, is to enhance special operations forces capacity and interoperability between the nine participating nations, while simultaneously building cooperation and partnerships.
8 photos: Romanian Lieutenant Gen. Ştefan Dănilă and U.S. Adm. James Stavridis prepare to watch a live tactical demonstration.
Photo 6 of 8: Romanian Lieutenant Gen. Ştefan Dănilă, the Romanian Chief of General Staff, left, and U.S. Adm. James Stavridis, commander of U.S. European Command, right, prepares to watch a live tactical demonstration from a multinational maritime Special Operations Task Group during the Jackal Stone 11 Exercise on Sep. 20, 2011.The purpose of the exercise, coordinated by Special Operations Command Europe, is to enhance special operations forces capacity and interoperability between the nine participating nations, while simultaneously building cooperation and partnerships. Download full-resolution version
The Commander of the U.S. European Command, Adm. James G. Stavridis, center, and Romanian Maj. Gen. Ștefan Dănilă, Chief of the Romanian General Staff, left, listen to a Polish exercise participant taking part in the Jackal Stone 11 multinational special operations forces exercise on Mihail Kogălniceanu Air Base, Romania, Sept. 20, 2011. The purpose of the exercise, coordinated by Special Operations Command Europe, is to enhance special operations forces capacity and interoperability between the nine participating nations, while simultaneously building cooperation and partnerships.
8 photos: Adm. James G. Stavridis and Romanian Maj. Gen. Ștefan Dănilă listen to a Polish exercise participant taking part in the Jackal Stone 11.
Photo 7 of 8: The Commander of the U.S. European Command, Adm. James G. Stavridis, center, and Romanian Maj. Gen. Ștefan Dănilă, Chief of the Romanian General Staff, left, listen to a Polish exercise participant taking part in the Jackal Stone 11 multinational special operations forces exercise on Mihail Kogălniceanu Air Base, Romania, Sept. 20, 2011. The purpose of the exercise, coordinated by Special Operations Command Europe, is to enhance special operations forces capacity and interoperability between the nine participating nations, while simultaneously building cooperation and partnerships. Download full-resolution version
U.S. Adm. James Stavridis, commander of U.S. European Command, greets Romanian Naval Special Operation Forces personnel after the members conducted a live tactical demonstration during Jackal Stone 11 at the Constanta Military Harbor, Romania, Sep. 20, 2011. The purpose of the exercise, coordinated by Special Operations Command Europe, is to enhance special operations forces capacity a¬nd interoperability between the nine participating nations, while simultaneously building cooperation and partnerships.
8 photos: Adm. James Stavridis greets Romanian Naval Special Operation Forces personnel after a live tactical demonstration during Jackal Stone 11.
Photo 8 of 8: U.S. Adm. James Stavridis, commander of U.S. European Command, greets Romanian Naval Special Operation Forces personnel after the members conducted a live tactical demonstration during Jackal Stone 11 at the Constanta Military Harbor, Romania, Sep. 20, 2011. The purpose of the exercise, coordinated by Special Operations Command Europe, is to enhance special operations forces capacity a¬nd interoperability between the nine participating nations, while simultaneously building cooperation and partnerships. Download full-resolution version
The Commander of the U.S. European Command, Adm. James G. Stavridis , center, and Romanian Maj. Gen. Ștefan Dănilă, Chief of the Romanian General Staff, right, listens to a Polish exercise participant taking part in the Jackal Stone 11 multinational special operations forces exercise on Mihail Kogălniceanu Air Base, Romania, Sept. 20, 2011. The purpose of the exercise, coordinated by Special Operations Command Europe, is to enhance special operations forces capacity and interoperability between the nine participating nations, while simultaneously building cooperation and partnerships.
U.S. Adm. James Stavridis, commander of the U.S. European Command, signs the Captain’s logbook  aboard the Romanian frigate “Regina Maria” prior to a live tactical demonstration  from a  multinational maritime Special Operations Task Group during the Jackal Stone 11 Exercise on Sep. 20, 2011. The purpose of the exercise, coordinated by Special Operations Command Europe, is to enhance special operations forces capacity and interoperability between the nine participating nations, while simultaneously building cooperation and partnerships.
Romanian Vice Adm. Aurel Popa, Romanian Chief of Navy Staff, left, U.S. Adm. James Stavridis, commander of U.S. European Command, second left, Lieutenant Gen. Ştefan Dănilă, the Chief of General Staff, third left, and U.S. Maj. Gen. Michael S. Repass, commander of Special Operations Command Europe, center, salute Romanian sailors prior to boarding the Romanian frigate “Regina Maria” to observe a live tactical demonstration during Jackal Stone 11 on Sep. 20, 2011. The purpose of the exercise, coordinated by Special Operations Command Europe, is to enhance special operations forces capacity and interoperability between the nine participating nations, while simultaneously building cooperation and partnerships.
U.S. Adm. James Stavridis, commander of the U.S. European Command, left, and Romanian Lieutenant Gen. Ştefan Dănilă, the Romanian Chief of General Staff, right, shake hands after watching a live tactical demonstration from a multinational maritime Special Operations Task Group Forces during the Jackal Stone 11 Exercise on Sep. 20, 2011. The purpose of the exercise, coordinated by Special Operations Command Europe, is to enhance special operations forces capacity and interoperability between the nine participating nations, while simultaneously building cooperation and partnerships.
The Commander of the U.S. European Command, Adm. James G. Stavridis, left, and Army Maj. Gen. Michael S. Repass, the Commander of Special Operations Command Europe, departs the Jackal Stone 11 Combined Joint Forces Special Operations Component Command after receiving an overview of the multinational special operations forces exercise at Mihail Kogălniceanu Air Base, Romania, Sept. 20, 2011. The purpose of the exercise, coordinated by Special Operations Command Europe, is to enhance special operations forces capacity and interoperability between the nine participating nations, while simultaneously building cooperation and partnerships.
Romanian Lieutenant Gen. Ştefan Dănilă, the Romanian Chief of General Staff, left, and U.S. Adm. James Stavridis, commander of U.S. European Command, right, prepares to watch a live tactical demonstration from a multinational maritime Special Operations Task Group during the Jackal Stone 11 Exercise on Sep. 20, 2011.The purpose of the exercise, coordinated by Special Operations Command Europe, is to enhance special operations forces capacity and interoperability between the nine participating nations, while simultaneously building cooperation and partnerships.
The Commander of the U.S. European Command, Adm. James G. Stavridis, center, and Romanian Maj. Gen. Ștefan Dănilă, Chief of the Romanian General Staff, left, listen to a Polish exercise participant taking part in the Jackal Stone 11 multinational special operations forces exercise on Mihail Kogălniceanu Air Base, Romania, Sept. 20, 2011. The purpose of the exercise, coordinated by Special Operations Command Europe, is to enhance special operations forces capacity and interoperability between the nine participating nations, while simultaneously building cooperation and partnerships.
U.S. Adm. James Stavridis, commander of U.S. European Command, greets Romanian Naval Special Operation Forces personnel after the members conducted a live tactical demonstration during Jackal Stone 11 at the Constanta Military Harbor, Romania, Sep. 20, 2011. The purpose of the exercise, coordinated by Special Operations Command Europe, is to enhance special operations forces capacity a¬nd interoperability between the nine participating nations, while simultaneously building cooperation and partnerships.

Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base, Romania – In a special visit to recognize the efforts of the special operations forces (SOF) community within the European theater of operations, Admiral James Stavridis, commander, U.S. European Command traveled to Romania on Tuesday, Sept. 20, to see multinational troops participating in the Jackal Stone 11 exercise.

Accompanied by the Romanian Chief of General Staff, Lieutenant-General Ștefan Danilă, the two distinguished visitors were met by Army Maj. Gen. Michael S. Repass, commander, Special Operations Command Europe, whose command coordinated the SOF exercise, to receive an in-depth overview of the exercise and to personally talk to its participants.

“Special Operations Forces are forward deployed in hard combat in Afghanistan and many of you have served there and your teammates, or as we say in the Navy ‘your shipmates,’ who are down in Afghanistan today are doing terrific work,” Stavridis said, addressing SOF personnel from nine nations. “Every day when I talk about Afghanistan to national leaders, I emphasize to them how important special operations work is there.

“And it runs the gamut, as you know, from very dangerous direct action missions to classic counterinsurgency, COIN, working with the population to protect them, across the entire spectrum of military activities.”

Jackal Stone, an annual multinational SOF exercise designed to promote cooperation and interoperability between participating forces, build functional capacity and enhance readiness, is being this year held in Romania, Bulgaria and Ukraine. 

Approximately 1,400 SOF operators and staff personnel from Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Romania, Ukraine and the United States are taking part in this exercise meant to enhance SOF capacity.
During the initial part of his visit, Stavridis toured the Combined Joint Forces Special Operations Component Command, had lunch with senior officer and noncommissioned officer leaders from the participating nations, and toured the exercise’s Joint Exercise Control Group center. 

From there, the delegation moved on to Constanta Military Harbor to view a live tactical demonstration featuring a maritime Special Operations Task Group (SOTG), consisting of Naval SOF operators from Norway, Romania, Ukraine and the U.S.

At the harbor, Stavridis was greeted with full Naval military honors by Romanian Chief of Naval Forces, Vice Admiral Aurel Popa and invited onboard the Romanian frigate “Regina Maria” to watch the demonstration.

He next observed the SOTG perform Visit, Board, Search and Seizure tactics from rigid inflatable boats while simultaneously conducting fast-rope boarding operations from a Romanian Puma helicopter on a target ship.

At the conclusion of the event, Stavridis thanked the Romanian naval officers for their hospitality on the frigate and greeted several Romanian Naval SOF operators that took part in the demonstration.

“Thank you, you guys did an excellent job out there,” Stavridis said as he gave his Commander’s Coin to the operators upon his departure. “Excellent, excellent job.”
 

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