Stavridis Becomes First Admiral to Head NATO Military Operations
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, July 2, 2009 – Navy Adm. James Stavridis today became NATO’s supreme allied commander for Europe, assuming command of allied command operations from retiring Army Gen. Bantz J. Craddock.
Navy Adm. James Stavridis accepts the NATO flag from Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, signaling his assumption of command of as the alliance’s supreme allied commander for Europe, July 2, 2009. NATO photo