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General Scaparrotti honoured by Atlantic Council for Distinguished Military Leadership
General Curtis M. Scaparrotti was honoured by the
Atlantic Council on Thursday, May 10, 2018 with a Distinguished Military
Leadership Award in recognition of his remarkable military career, during which
he facilitated cooperation and development of common approaches to shared
global security challenges and fostered ties among leaders across the NATO
alliance and beyond.
General Scaparrotti accepted the Award on behalf of
the inspiring men and women of NATO and of United States European Command.
"As we gather this evening, tens of thousands of
NATO forces from all 29 Allied Nations are deployed around the world
contributing to operations, missions, and training exercises, in the Arctic and
the High North; in Afghanistan; along the Eastern Alliance border; in
multi-national battlegroups from Estonia to Romania; in naval task forces in
the North Atlantic, Baltic, and Black Seas and in the Mediterranean; and over
the skies of Europe providing air surveillance," said General Scaparrotti. "These men and women of NATO are
demonstrating the Alliance's ability to change and remain relevant as they
secure peace and demonstrate NATO's resolve."
General Scaparrotti congratulated the other
honorees tonight, former President George W. Bush, Grammy Award winner Gloria
Estefan and Executive Chairman of Starbucks Corporation Howard Schultz, stating
that he was deeply humbled to be recognized amongst the group — "a two-term
President of the United States; a visionary servant-leader who built a famous,
global company; a Grammy Award Winner and philanthropist…and then me, a Soldier
from Logan, Ohio.
"General Scaparrotti stressed the importance of
NATO's mission in Europe, stating the US and NATO face this complex and dynamic
security environment. Together, the
Alliance must keep its resolve to obtain the defence posture we need, preserve
the unity of the Alliance, and to strengthen the international order.
"This is why now, more than ever, we must
articulate our principles with clarity, consistency, and conviction. We must communicate our narrative of freedom, democracy, and rule of law. We must
affirm the importance of our alliances and partnerships, which remain the
backbone of global security."
General Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., the United States
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, presented the award to General
Every year, the Atlantic Council hosts a distinguished international
leadership award ceremony to honour leaders who serve as pillars of the
transatlantic community. This award is the highest honour granted by the
Atlantic Council. Previous recipients include NATO Secretary General Jens
Stoltenberg, General Phil Breedlove, Admiral Michelle Howard, and General