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NATO announced on Tuesday the appointment of US Army General Christopher Cavoli as Supreme Commander of Allied Forces in Europe, amid rising tensions over Russia’s military operation in Ukraine.
His appointment was approved by the North Atlantic Council and he will succeed Gen. Todd D. Walters during a handover ceremony this summer at the large Allied Forces Europe Headquarters near Mons, Belgium.
Christoph Cavoli, the son of an Italian-American officer, was born during the Cold War in Würzburg, West Germany and raised on military bases due to his father’s commuting.
He is fluent in Russian, has been in service since 1987, and has commanded US forces in Europe and Africa based in Wiesbaden, Germany, since 2020.
He is married, the father of two children, and is a graduate of Princeton University. He served during the Gulf War and several times in Afghanistan. He also commanded US Army Europe from January 2018 to October 2020 before assuming the Joint Europe-Africa Command.
The NATO military commander has to be an American officer, because Europe appoints the Secretary General of NATO and currently the Norwegian Jens Stoltenberg, who was re-elected because of the war in Ukraine.
The Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe is one of the two strategic leaders of NATO. His deputy is a European officer.
Former US President Dwight D. Eisenhower was the first to assume this command until 1952. The Supreme Commander, Allied Forces Europe is responsible for the overall command of NATO military operations and directs military planning for NATO operations. operations.
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