Brunssum, The Netherlands
– For the first time after assuming his new position, Admiral Sir Keith Blount, Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe, paid a visit to the Headquarters of Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum (JFCBS).
The close cooperation between the strategic and the operational Headquarters of NATO is essential for our common success
Former Commander of NATO’s Allied Maritime Command, Admiral Blount, Royal Navy, is pretty well acquainted with the tasks and responsibilities of JFC Brunssum. In his new role, he came to Brunssum to both provide guidance from NATO’s strategic military level, and to receive insights on how an operational HQ like JFC Brunssum orchestrates deterrence activities.
After a warm welcome by Commander JFC Brunssum, General Guglielmo Luigi Miglietta, Adm Blount was briefed on the present situation and an analysis of the evolving security situation, particularly at NATO’s Eastern Flank.
One topic of discussion was the ongoing transformation of JFC Brunssum into a modern and agile operational-level Headquarters ready to conduct multi-domain operations, regardless of the scale, intensity, complexity or tempo.
Adm Blount appreciated the efforts undertaken by JFC Brunssum to enhance this cooperation for the Alliance's collective security: “I am delighted to visit JFC Brunssum for the first time after assuming my new position. The close cooperation between the strategic and the operational Headquarters of NATO is essential for our common success.”
Gen Miglietta thanked Adm Blount for his visit, underscoring the significance of a close link between SHAPE and HQ JFC Brunssum: “The guidance provided by the Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe was very helpful for our way ahead to further develop the capabilities of our HQ and better face the challenges of a fast evolving security situation in Europe.”