161116mc01 400Norfolk, VA. General Denis Mercier, NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Transformation hosted the Military Committee, NATO’s senior military authority, during an important visit to the headquarters of NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (HQ SACT) on November 16 – 17th.

The visit re-affirms the importance of a strong NATO on both sides of the Atlantic and the value of the partnership between Europe and the United States.

The meetings focused on several key discussions regarding many of NATO’s current and future challenges, including the long-term military transformation of the Alliance, which is a key strategic role of HQ SACT.

The Military Committee is chaired by the most senior military member of NATO, General Petr Pavel, the former Chief of Defence of the Czech Republic Army. The Committee comprises senior military officers of each of the 28 NATO nations, who directly represent their Chiefs of Defence. On this occasion, for the first time, the military representative from Montenegro participated in the visit to ACT prior to the country’s accession to the Alliance in 2017.

“I am delighted that the NATO Military Committee are able to visit Allied Command Transformation, our only Strategic headquarters in North America today,” said General Pavel. “The current security climate highlights the importance of the discussions and decisions being made today in order to continue to project the future stability for the Alliance and its nations.”

Welcoming the Military Committee, General Mercier stated: “I am delighted to welcome the Military Committee to Norfolk and, in particular, welcome our future permanent representative from Montenegro to our discussions.” He said. “The visit could not come at a better time, following the NATO summit in Warsaw and helping to shape the discussions at the Chiefs of Transformation Conference in December, where the Alliance will shape the strategic defence and security agenda for 2017 and beyond.”

Situated in Norfolk, Virginia since 1952, NATO’s Allied Command Transformation (previously Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic) is the only NATO command in the United States and contributes $100 million annually to the US economy. The Headquarters comprises 750 military and civilian personnel, representing 26 of NATO’s 28 nations, along with eight partner nations.

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