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New command structure at Allied Land Forces Southeastern Europe

HDN | 9/6/1999 12:00:00 AM |

Izmir - Turkish Daily News Allied Land Forces Southeastern Europe (LANDSOUTHEAST) officially assumed the name Joint Command Southeast at a midweek ceremony held at its headquarters in Izmir, Headquarters Joint Command Southeast Public Information Office said in a press release. It was explained that the former LANDSOUTHEAST, which commanded land elements only, now has a structure where the land, air and navy elements will operate jointly. With the implementation of the new command structure, the ratio

Izmir - Turkish Daily News

Allied Land Forces Southeastern Europe (LANDSOUTHEAST) officially assumed the name Joint Command Southeast at a midweek ceremony held at its headquarters in Izmir, Headquarters Joint Command Southeast Public Information Office said in a press release.

It was explained that the former LANDSOUTHEAST, which commanded land elements only, now has a structure where the land, air and navy elements will operate jointly. With the implementation of the new command structure, the ratio between Turkish and other Allied personnel also changes and the multinational make up of staff at the core staff level will increase to 52 percent from 41 percent. In addition to the Canadian, German, Italian, Turkish, U.K. and U.S. personnel already assigned to the headquarters, Greece, Hungary, the Netherlands and Spain will be represented.

According to the statement, the introduction of multinational personnel is also reflected at command group level. While the command billet is now occupied by Turkish Land Forces Gen. Tamer Akbas, the deputy commander is Major Gen. Zannie O. Smith from the U.S. Army and chief of staff is Major General Georgios Manioudakis from the Greek army.

In a speech Gen. Akbas gave at the ceremony, he stated that the transition to the new command structure marked a new era in the history of the alliance. He stressed that Joint Command Southeast was now a bigger family and that tolerance, mutual respect, transparency, high morale, and military discipline would be the guiding lights in the relationships within this family where a total of ten allied countries are represented. General Akbas also emphasized that the new multinational constituents would enhance the effectiveness of Joint Command Southeast and contribute to cohesion and solidarity among the allied nations.

The new command structure being put into effect marks a culminating point of over five years of work. The new command structure will deal more effectively with the new post-Cold War security environment in Europe, with ongoing NATO initiatives including the strengthening of the European Security and Defense Identity in the alliance, NATO enlargement as well as the instabilities surrounding the southern European region.

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