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The Supreme Allied
Commander Europe

One of the two strategic commanders for NATO and the commanding officer of Allied Command Operations (ACO). The current SACEUR is General Tod D. Wolters. The SACEUR is responsible to NATO's Military Committee, the highest military authority in NATO, for the overall direction and conduct of military operations for NATO. SACEUR, a United States Flag or General officer, leads all NATO military operations and is dual-hatted as Commander US European Command. His command is exercised from the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) at Casteau, Mons, Belgium.


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Vigilance is the Price of Liberty

Vigilia Pretium Libertatis

one vision:

Allied Command Operations (ACO) will be a top-quality command responsible for the planning and execution of combined, joint, effects-based operations.

One mission:

To prepare for, plan and conduct military operations in order to meet Alliance political objectives.


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