Command Sergeant Major Petek was essential in updating the NATO NCO Bi-SC Strategy and Guidelines, increasing professional development programs for NCOs and junior officers throughout ACO and improving the NCO corps in Allied and Partner nations.
General Scaparrotti also welcomed the new ACO CSEL, CSM Saliste, to his new position and headquarters.
"Although I am new to the position, I am not new to being a part of NATO," said incoming ACO CSEL, Command Sergeant Major Siim Saliste. "We have exceptionally dedicated military forces ensuring the continued peace and prosperity of the Euro-Atlantic region and I'm grateful for my chance to be a part of this continued lineage."
The ACO CSEL serves as the principal advisor to SACEUR on matters affecting non-commissioned members (NCM) in the Alliance, while providing the command's force structure and SHAPE staff with NCM and junior officer development, utilisation and engagement.
Command senior enlisted leaders are relatively new to NATO; CSM Saliste is the sixth ACO CSEL and the second non-US to fill the position.