Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) General Tod D. Wolters presides over the Founding Arrangement ceremony for NATO's Joint Support and Enabling Command (JSEC) on May 14, 2021. The ceremony, which marks the next critical step in JSEC becoming fully operational, was held at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe with SACEUR General Wolters hosting JSEC Commander Lieutenant General Jürgen Knappe. (SHAPE picture by MC2 Destinyy Reed, US N)
The TAA defines the legal framework for JSEC's major task as an international networker. It contains clear, agreed and binding rules for all contributing nations and shows their commitment to JSEC's new role and to the Alliance as such.
The next steps in the founding process will be the official assumption of command by SACEUR and the activation as an international military headquarters by the North Atlantic Council in the near future.
General Wolters emphasized the TAA being another incredibly important step in strengthening the Alliance's preparedness to prevail in competition, crisis, and conflict. According to the SACEUR, JSEC is a vital component of NATO's ability to comprehensively deter and defend across the Euroatlantic, 360 degrees, in all domains, and all functions.
It is a decisive moment in the short history of JSEC...
Lieutenant General Jürgen Knappe, JSEC Commander, appreciated the commitment of the signing nations, "As the first Commander of the Joint Support and Enabling Command, I am very grateful for all Allies, including the Framework Nation Germany, and the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, who have signed our founding agreement today." He pointed out, "It is a decisive moment in the short history of JSEC, and this ceremony really is a paramount milestone on JSEC's journey to full readiness as a NATO military headquarters."
Contributing Nations are Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, Great Britain and the United States of America.