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Jul 12 2019

SHAPE Honours First DSACEUR Montgomery

SHAPE, Belgium – A main auditorium located at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) was renamed in honour of the first Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe (DSACEUR), Field Marshal the Viscount Bernard Montgomery on July 12, 2019.

The auditorium, now named ‘Montgomery Auditorium,’ is a mark of respect and gratitude for the first DSACEUR and hosts a permanent exhibit curated by SHAPE’s Historical Office with images and information highlighting Montgomery’s career.

Field Marshal Montgomery was a tremendous leader

“Field Marshal Montgomery was a tremendous leader. He helped build what then was a new and innovative institution to strengthen the transatlantic Alliance,” said Dr. Stella Adorf, SHAPE’s chief historical advisor. “Montgomery also played a formative role in SHAPE’s and NATO’s growth in areas such as defence planning and military exercises. With this exhibit, we want to provide a short glimpse into his many achievements as a general and DSACEUR.”

Current DSACEUR General Sir James Everard, who is serving as the 29th DSACEUR, presided over the ceremony honouring his predecessor. 

“Many things here at SHAPE have been named after previous SACEUR’s. Today, for the first time, we honour one of my predecessors,” said General Everard. “Field Marshal Montgomery was the first and longest serving DSACEUR. He was legendary – in good and bad.  A resolute man with a strong personality and a sharp and creative mind.”

Montgomery held the position of DSACEUR from 1951 until 1958. During his tenure he served alongside SHAPE’s first-ever Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), General Dwight D. Eisenhower. Together the two are highly regarded as major components and innovators in the development of NATO’s military headquarters. 

Today, Montgomery’s legacy continues at SHAPE, which serves as the strategic military headquarters for NATO operations, missions and activities. The role of DSACEUR remains vital within the structure of Allied Command Operations where the holder of the position serves as second in command to SACEUR leading NATO troops and operations.

Story by SHAPE Public Affairs Office

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