NORFOLK, Va. – The North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s (NATO) Supreme Allied Commander Transformation Headquarters celebrated its 15th Anniversary with a formal flag raising ceremony at Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads on June 13.
As one of NATO’s two strategic commands, Allied Command Transformation has been located in the United States since its inception in 2003. The city of Norfolk, and the region as a whole, serve as exceptional hosts to military and civilian personnel from 34 allied and partner nations who are assigned to Allied Command Transformation. The NATO Alliance currently comprises of 29 member nations.
The purpose of NATO is to guarantee the freedom and security of its members through political and military means. Allied Command Transformation is NATO’s only home in North America.
During the ceremony, General Denis Mercier, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, provided a speech sharing the history of the command in the area and comment on initiatives taking place within the NATO Alliance. Several personnel awards were presented and the U.S. Navy Fleet Forces Band Brass Quintet performed.
Allied Command Transformation’s mission is to contribute to preserving the peace, security and territorial integrity of Alliance member states by leading the transformation of military structures, forces, capabilities and doctrines. The mission must enable NATO to meet its level of ambition and core missions. For more information, please visit: http://www.act.nato.int.