Chief Master Sergeant Brion P. Blais, United States Air Force, relieved Sergeant Major Tibor Bogdán, Hungarian Army, as Allied Command Transformation Senior Enlisted Leader, September 29.
“The role of Command Senior Enlisted Leader to Supreme Allied Commander Transformation extends well beyond the boundaries of this headquarters. It extends to all the NATO enlisted and other ranks personnel, more than 2 million Non-Commissioned Officers across 30 countries” said General Philippe Lavigne, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation in his opening remarks during the Change of Responsibility Ceremony.
The professional Non-Commissioned Officer Corps is the unwavering force in the execution of NATO’s mission across the Alliance and beyond: Non-Commissioned Officers make up 75-80% of NATO’s military force and are the backbone of the Armed Forces; they operate and transform effectively to meet today and tomorrow’s challenges, in order to ensure NATO remains both a ready and responsive interoperable force.
In the NATO context, Command Senior Enlisted Leaders are responsible for the professional development of all soldiers and Non-Commissioned Officers within the Alliance. They liaise with NATO and Non-NATO educational organizations in order to ensure that the training received by the Non-Commissioned Officers is of the highest military quality and is consistent with NATO's evolving standards, ensuring the Alliance's training stays relevant & effective now and in the future.
The Command Senior Enlisted Leader for Allied Command Transformation is directly responsible and accountable to the Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, with added responsibilities to the Deputy Commander, Chief of Staff and Directors. These responsibilities include matters central to planning, organising, developing, and leading assigned, attached or temporarily assigned personnel.
Additionally, the Command Senior Enlisted Leader provides leadership, guidance, assessments and recommendation on a vast array of enlisted functions, as well as the establishment, development and maintenance of institutional relationship with other countries’ senior enlisted leaders. This can be done through engagements, dialog, mentoring, and professional military educational opportunities.
NATO is an Alliance based on the shared values of freedom, democracy and the rule of law, and unites efforts for collective defence and for the preservation of peace and security. Today the Alliance must confront an array of more diffuse challenges, ranging from climate change, migration, terrorism and nuclear proliferation to spreading disinformation, cyberattacks, bio-security threats and the disruption of energy. Interoperability, partnership, resilience and the development of of the future warfighter are key to success and require a thorough understanding of present and future challenges, as well as the implications on current and future NATO missions. Addressing the anticipated increased demand on Non-Commissioned Officers in multinational operations, prepare the multinational Non-Commissioned Officers with a common understanding of NATO guidelines for greater interoperability, and address their increasingly essential role in executing the professional development of their forces is paramount to ensure the Non-Commissioned Officers' advancement remains congruent with the Strategic Commander’s intent: a professional, competent, resilient and capably responsible Non-Commissioned Officer Corps that is adaptive to face new challenges, social dynamics and technological advances.