MONS, Belgium – Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), General Tod D. Wolters, certified Hungarian troops readiness for potential NATO duties on Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022, after accepting a recommendation from the Commander of NATO's Allied Land Command, Lieutenant General Roger L. Cloutier Jr.
Lieutenant General Cloutier visited the Hungarian troops on Tuesday, Feb. 22 in order to observe their level of readiness.
Our land forces have never been stronger, more adaptable and more lethal in response to outside threats
"Over the past few days, I have had the opportunity to observe the men and women of the Hungarian Defence Forces and I'm extremely impressed with their training, discipline and readiness," said Lieutenant General Cloutier.
Commander of NATO's Allied Land Command, Lieutenant General Roger L. Cloutier Jr., visits Hungarian troops on Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022, to observe their level of readiness.
"I am supremely confident in their ability to answer the call and stand shoulder-to-shoulder with their NATO brothers and sisters. I have visited several countries along NATO's eastern border over the past few weeks, and I am proud of the solidarity and commitment of all our Allies during this time of heightened Russian aggression. Our land forces have never been stronger, more adaptable and more lethal in response to outside threats," Cloutier added.
In response to instability on NATO's eastern flank, Allies have increased readiness and vigilance across Europe. This defensive posture includes enhancements to air policing, maritime patrolling, and national troop deployments to Eastern and South-eastern Europe.
Hungary has bolstered its own defence posture and has also indicated a willingness to provide a battlegroup to support any further enhancements to NATO readiness. Furthermore, Hungary contributes to NATO's air policing mission with JAS-39 Gripen fighter aircraft.