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May 17 2021

Setting a Cornerstone in the Founding Process of the Joint Support and Enabling Command

Ulm, Germany – Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), General Tod D. Wolters, German Vice Chief of Defence, Lieutenant General Markus Laubenthal, and Representatives of 16 NATO member states signed the Technical Administrative Arrangement (TAA) of the Joint Support and Enabling Command (JSEC) at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) in Mons, Belgium on Friday, May 14, 2021.

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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.
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The German Vice Chief of Defence, Lieutenant General Markus Laubenthal, sgned the Founding Arrangement as the representative of Germany, the Framework Nation for JSEC. (SHAPE picture by MC2 Destinyy Reed, US N)
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All National Military Representatives of the contributing Nations were present in the Montgomery Auditorium at the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe in Mons, Belgium.(SHAPE picture by MC2 Destinyy Reed, US N)

Story by Joint Support and Enabling Command Public Affairs Office

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