The meeting allowed SHAPE's leadership to address personnel one final time and discuss their successes, share their appreciation and vision for the future of SHAPE, before turning over their responsibilities in the upcoming weeks.
"It has been an honour to serve at SHAPE, not only with the men and women in this room but also with every Nation and Partner throughout the Alliance," said General Scaparrotti.
"I know that ACO will continue to provide NATO with effective and resilient mission command along with capable and prepared troops operating across an increasingly wide array of missions. As the Alliance continues to adapt, we will remain relevant and ready to protect our Allies and Partners," he added.
The town hall meeting was immediately followed by the dedication of SHAPE's new track and sports field to SACEUR as 'Scaparrotti Field.' General Scaparrotti is slated to turnover command during a change of command ceremony on May 3, 2019 while Command Sergeant Major Petek will turnover his position as CSEL during a change of responsibility ceremony on Apr. 30, 2019.