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161102permrep400NORFOLK - General Denis Mercier, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, and the Allied Command Transformation team hosted a two-day visit of NATO Ambassadors from Belgium, Croatia, France, Germany and Montenegro at NATO’s North American Headquarters on November 2nd and November 3rd.

The four Permanent Representatives and the Head of Mission from Montenegro met with Allied Command Transformation’s leadership to discuss how Allied Command Transformation enhances the Alliance’s posture and credibility through a unified strategic vision. Permanent Representatives are political representatives from NATO member nations who represent their country on different NATO committees. The visiting representatives were Mr. Francois de Kerchove d’Exaerde from Belgium, Mr. Boris Grigic from Croatia, Mrs. Helene Duchene from France, Dr. Hans-Dieter Lucas from Germany, and Mrs. Dragana Radulocic from Montenegro.The forum included broad, issues based discussions about key international security events and trends as well as national perspectives on the outcomes of the Warsaw Summit. The importance of these visits are two-fold. First, the discussions are an important link in the civil-military relationship that helps inform decision making now and into the future. Second, the trans-Atlantic link is a pillar of NATO’s success in defending and deterring adversaries. Allied Command Transformation is the only NATO Headquarters outside of Europe and therefore is both a symbol and a tangible connection between North American and European Allies. Allied Command Transformation leads (at the strategic command level) the transformation of military structures, forces, capabilities, and doctrines to improve the military effectiveness of NATO.