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State Department and DOD Approve Departure of Dependents From Turkey

STUTTGART, Germany – The Secretary of Defense, in coordination with the Secretary of State, has authorized the ordered departure of all DoD dependents not assigned to Chief of Mission authority from Adana (to include Incirlik Air Base), Ismir, and Mugla, Turkey. This decision allows for the deliberate, safe return of family members from these areas due to continued security concerns in the region.
This step does not signify a permanent decision to end accompanied tours at these facilities. It is intended to mitigate the risk to DoD elements and personnel, including family members, while ensuring the combat effectiveness of U.S. forces and our mission support to operations in Turkey. The United States and Turkey are united in our common fight against ISIL, and Incirlik continues to play a key role in counter-ISIL operations.
“The decision to move our families and civilians was made in consultation with the Government of Turkey, our State Department, and our Secretary of Defense,” said Gen. Philip M. Breedlove, Commander, U.S. European Command. “We understand this is disruptive to our military families, but we must keep them safe and ensure the combat effectiveness of our forces to support our strong Ally Turkey in the fight against terrorism.”

EUCOM Announces Updated Theater Strategy

U.S. European Command leadership recently published an updated theater strategy, formalizing the combatant command’s top priorities, mission and vision.

Looking back, 2015 was undoubtedly one of the busiest years for EUCOM since the end of the Cold War. During the past year, a perpetually increased demand was placed upon the EUCOM personnel who help provide stability for the European security environment. “Our command has done an outstanding job balancing its focus between a revanchist Russia, mass migrations from other regions and foreign terrorist fighters transiting through Europe, while maintaining our commitments to our NATO allies and partners,” said Gen. Philip Breedlove, Commander of U.S. European Command. Continue reading EUCOM Announces Updated Theater Strategy

EU and EUCOM expand cooperation, information sharing to boost security

In an effort to increase cooperation and enhance security, European Union Military Staff (EUMS) director general, Lt. Gen. Wolfgang Wosolsobe and United States European Command (EUCOM) commander, Gen. Philip Breedlove signed an administrative arrangement today in Mons, Belgium to facilitate the exchange of information and cooperation between both organizations. The formal agreement described the primary roles and responsibilities in crisis management. This is a notable step to increase the ability of the U.S. and EU to work together in security matters. Continue reading EU and EUCOM expand cooperation, information sharing to boost security