EUCOM blocks out plan to ambassadors
STUTTGART, Germany — The U.S. European Command held a one-day conference Wednesday where 20 U.S. ambassadors from Europe heard about EUCOM’s upcoming plans.
Nearly 90 delegates from 31 countries in Western Europe attended the day of talks that featured EUCOM Commander Marine Gen. James Jones and Beth Jones, assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasia affairs.
Also attending were the other U.S. combatant commanders in Europe, which are U.S. Army Gen. B.B. Bell, U.S. Navy Adm. Gregory Jones, U.S. Air Force Gen. Robert Foglesong and U.S. Marine Lt. Gen. Martin Berndt.
The conference was titled “U.S. European Command: Defending North America and Europe Forward.”
Jones again discussed his plan and vision for transforming EUCOM as well as those for transforming NATO, said Army Maj. Brad Hocevar, a political and military affairs officer in EUCOM’s plans and policy division, who helped organize the event.
The purpose of the conference was to get American diplomats to understand EUCOM’s strength and objectives within EUCOM’s area of responsibility, and how their mission can assist EUCOM, Hocevar said.
EUCOM holds similar conferences several times a year for ambassadors and diplomatic officials from different regions. EUCOM’s goal is to meet every 18 months with diplomats from each of the 93 countries and territories it is responsible for, Hocevar said.
EUCOM has been holding the conferences for about a decade.
Attendees also came from NATO and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and the Holy See, which is the Vatican. Representatives came from 31 countries.
EUCOM officials briefed diplomats on such programs as the new “clearing house” initiatives for Africa and the Caucuses, where countries will network to ensure when they aid a particular country or region, that they aren’t duplicating the efforts of another nation.
Security for this year’s Olympics in Greece was also on the agenda.
Air Force Capt. Sarah Kerwin, a EUCOM spokeswoman, said EUCOM will help in some ways with security for the Olympic Games, and that some ambassadors also are interested to know how they can help.