U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Daniel Lasica, director, U.S. European Command Strategy, Plans and Policy, hosted Maj. Gen. Philippe de Montenon, chief of the French Strategic Joint Operation Center, and a French military delegation to the command’s headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany, on Jan. 25, 2024.
“The U.S. and France have a long and storied history of cooperation, and we remain committed to working together toward common security goals,” said Lasica. “Today’s visit is a testament to the strength of our strong partnership and commitment to robust engagement in the fight against threats to our collective security.”
Discussions included ongoing security assistance to Ukraine; the two nations’ combined capability to respond to crisis; and participation in upcoming military exercises – including DEFENDER-Europe – to build readiness and interoperability.
“In the face of ongoing regional threats and global challenges, close cooperation continues to be a priority for both our nations to strengthen security relationships in Europe and uphold international law,” said de Montenon.
France, America’s oldest Ally, will host several multinational commemorative events this summer for the 80th anniversary of WWII, including: Operation Overlord, the Allied operation in Normandy that commenced the liberation of France from Nazi control on 6 June 1944; and Operation Dragoon, the landings in southern France in mid-August 1944. Commemoration events, held to honor the historic resolve of Allies, serve as a reminder of how common purpose and shared vision build enduring partnerships.