NORFOLK, VIRGINIA – On 21st September, Headquarters Supreme Allied Commander Transformation welcomed Supreme Allied Commander Europe, General Christopher Cavoli, to discuss ongoing operations and future Alliance transformation initiatives as well as interface with important stakeholders throughout Allied Command Transformation.
Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, General Philippe Lavigne, hosted Supreme Allied Commander Europe, General Cavoli, for a day of knowledge sharing and discussion at NATO’s home in North America. During his visit to Headquarters Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, Gen. Cavoli took part in direct discussions with Gen. Lavigne on high-level Alliance initiatives, including the ongoing development of Multi-Domain Operations and the capacity for interoperability across the Alliance’s ecosystem. Gen. Cavoli also met with a roundtable of Allied Command Transformation personnel, who engaged in comprehensive knowledge sharing with Gen. Cavoli on Command initiatives.
Speaking on the importance of collaboration between Allied Command Transformation and Allied Command Operations initiatives, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation General Philippe Lavigne said:
“Hosting Supreme Allied Commander Europe General Christopher Cavoli allows Allied Command Transformation and Allied Command Operations to sync our efforts, confirm Bi-Strategic Command alignment, feed forward-looking thinking and talk about our non-commissioned officers talents. This constant teamwork is vital at a time when plans and capacities are produced and implemented for tonight and tomorrow.”
In addition to several sessions and roundtables at Headquarters Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, Gen. Cavoli and Gen. Lavigne also attended and delivered keynote addresses at the annual Command Senior Enlisted Leaders Conference on 21st September. Both Gen. Cavoli and Gen. Lavigne emphasized the importance of enlisted leaders and non-commissioned officers within the NATO command structure. Seeking to broadly foster interoperability and define non-commissioned officers roles within NATO, the theme of this year’s Conference centred on developing assessments on Allied and Partner nations’ capabilities and training gaps.
Frequent meetings between Supreme Allied Commander Europe and personnel at Allied Command Transformation are important for ongoing progress within current and future Alliance initiatives. Supreme Allied Commander Europe General Christopher Cavoli succeeded General Tod Wolters as Supreme Allied Commander Europe in May 2022 and is a general of the United States Army. He was commissioned as an officer in 1987.