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MEDIA ADVISORY (UPDATE) - Sept. 10, 2018

NATO Allied Command Transformation Change of Command Ceremony

NORFOLK, Va. – The North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s (NATO) Supreme Allied Commander Transformation Headquarters change of command will take place on Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads at HQ SACT on Sept. 11 at 11:15 a.m. EDT.

The ceremony was initially scheduled to take place aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) on Sept. 13. On Sept. 10 at 11:15 a.m. EDT, Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command ordered all Navy ships in the Hampton Roads area to set Sortie Condition Alpha due to the approach of Hurricane Florence.

During the ceremony, Gen. Denis Mercier (French Air Force), Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, will change responsibility with Gen. André Lanata (French Air Force).

As one of NATO’s two strategic commands, Allied Command Transformation has been located in the United States since its inception in 2003 and serves as both a symbol and instrument of the transatlantic security link. Military personnel from 26 Allied nations, as well as eight partner nations, serve at Allied Command Transformation to preserve the peace, security and territorial integrity of Alliance member states by leading NATO’s warfare development. The principal functions of the command are military foresight, capability development, exercises, education and training and partnership engagement.

Celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, Allied Command Transformation continues to innovate and prepare the Alliance for all future security challenges.

All interested media must register with U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Dawn Stankus (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., +1-757-747-3245) in the Allied Command Transformation Public Affairs Office by 10 a.m. EDT on Sept. 10. Media are expected to arrive no later than 10 a.m. to be escorted on base. Additional details will be provided to media following their registration.

For more information on NATO’s Allied Command Transformation mission and leadership biographies click here.

Please visit NATO’s Allied Command Transformation electronic media kit at: https://www.act.nato.int/media-kit


U.S. Navy Aircraft Carrier to Host NATO Change of Command (SUPERSEDED)

NORFOLK, Va. – The North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s (NATO) Supreme Allied Commander Transformation Headquarters will hold a change of command ceremony aboard the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77) at 11 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on Thursday, Sept. 13.

During the ceremony, Gen. Denis Mercier (French Air Force), Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, will change responsibility with Gen. André Lanata (French Air Force). NATO’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis and French Minister of Defence Florence Parly will provide remarks at the event. Also in attendance will be Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, and Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, Supreme Allied Commander Europe.

As one of NATO’s two strategic commands, Allied Command Transformation has been located in the United States since its inception in 2003 and serves as both a symbol and instrument of the transatlantic security link. Military personnel from 26 Allied nations, as well as eight partner nations, serve at Allied Command Transformation to preserve the peace, security and territorial integrity of Alliance member states by leading NATO’s warfare development. The principal functions of the command are military foresight, capability development, exercises, education and training and partnership engagement.

Celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, Allied Command Transformation continues to innovate and prepare the Alliance for all future security challenges.

All interested media must register with U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander Dawn Stankus (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., +1-757-747-3245) in the Allied Command Transformation Public Affairs Office by 4 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Sept. 10. Registered media are expected to meet at the Naval Station Norfolk Tour and Information Center by 9:30 a.m. on Sept. 13. Additional details will be provided to media following their registration.

Please visit NATO’s Allied Command Transformation electronic media kit here.