NATO's Strategic Warfare Development Command

NATO ACT Welcomes Commander, U.S. Air Forces in Europe, Africa

November 30, 2023

NORFOLK, Va. —Commander, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and U.S. Air Forces Africa Gen. James B. Hecker visited NATO Allied Command Transformation in Norfolk, Virginia, Nov. 29.

Hecker is also Commander, Allied Air Command, headquartered at Ramstein Air Base, Germany; and Director, Joint Air Power Competence Centre in Kalkar, Germany.

General Hecker is responsible for the air and missile defence of 31 NATO alliance member nations while commanding U.S. airpower across more than 19 million square miles. This area includes 104 countries in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East, the Arctic, Atlantic and Indian Oceans.

This is Hecker’s first visit to NATO Allied Command Transformation, but he is no stranger to NATO staff.

“It is a great group of people here at NATO,” said Hecker. “We will discuss the future understanding between NATO ACT mission and Allied Air Command mission.”

Gen. Hecker and his staff met with Allied Command Transformation staff to address multinational business and to discuss a series of information briefs on lines of cooperation between Allied Command Transformation and Allied Air Command.

Additional discussions included technological, operational, and organizational roadmaps such as command and control, modelling and simulation technology, and wargaming.

During dialogues with NATO Allied Command leadership, Hecker discussed a wide spectrum of products and services to NATO Allies and Partners, including publications, doctrines, and conferences.

Their exchanges also centred, inter alia, on the importance of multinational resilience and to continue working together for Euro-Atlantic security.

Allied Command Transformation staff’s meeting with General Hecker reflects NATO’s mission and aligns with Supreme Allied Commander Transformation purpose to improve the Alliance’s ability to better understand strategic challenges, making better-informed decisions more timely than adversaries, and assist Allied nations to be stronger —together.