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SHAPE NCOs reflect on another successful year

Command Sergeant Major Davor Petek,  Command Senior Enlisted Leader for Allied Command Operation,  speaks during the 6th Annual Noncommissioned Officer Appreciation Dinner at the Shape Club on Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe,  Belgium,  November 28,  2018. (NATO photo by Staff Sgt. Jimmie Pike,  USA AF)

SHAPE, Belgium – The 6th Annual SHAPE Junior Ranks and Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) dinner, focusing on celebrating the work done throughout the year and recognizing the dedication of the NATO NCO corps, was held at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018 at the headquarters.

General Curtis M. Scaparrotti, Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), and Command Sergeant Major Davor Petek, Allied Command Operations Command Senior Enlisted Leader (CSEL), attended the event, sharing their thanks to the audience of NCOs and giving their advice for the enhancement of NCOs within NATO.

"During the past few years, Command Sergeant Major Petek has enhanced the profession of arms within Allied Command Operations by creating education and training opportunities for our junior ranks and NCOs," said General Scaparrotti. "These initiatives call for a significant investment in human capital through education, professional development and reading to develop the best-prepared NCO to be in the right place, at the right time."

In Sept. 2017, SACEUR and Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, alongside their command senior enlisted leaders, signed the NATO Non-commissioned Officer (NCO) Bi-Strategic Command Strategy and NCO Guidelines. The document refines NATO's vision for the future of NCOs, focusing on advancing skills, knowledge and abilities of NCOs within NATO. The remainder of 2017 and the entirety of 2018 reflected this document through NCO development courses, training and opportunities.

General Scaparrotti stated that NCOs make up the majority of the Alliance, and nothing is as important as their collective deterrence and defence.  In addressing the NCOs Scaparrotti said, "You have the tremendous responsibility of accomplishing the mission."

Command Sergeant Major Petek also expressed his gratitude.  "Thank you for all you do. Your unwavering commitment is me, by SACEUR and by all those who interact with NATO NCOs," Petek concluded.

Those interested can find the NCO Strategy and Guidelines here.
Story by SHAPE Public Affairs Office

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