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Edition: Thu, October 30, 2008
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16th Annual Conference of European Armies

What is it?

U.S. Army Europe hosts the Conference of European Armies (CEA) annually. The conference brings together the Army Chiefs of Staff of European nations in a venue suitable for honest and open discussions. This year, attendees from 39 European countries participated in the conference with the theme "Preparing Land Forces for Full-Spectrum Operations". The CEA is the premiere European senior leader engagement opportunity for both the Chief of Staff of the Army, Gen. George W. Casey Jr., and the USAREUR commander, Gen. Carter F. Ham.

What has the Army done?

U.S. Army Europe has hosted the CEA for 16 years. Over time, the CEA has become a valuable conference not only for its informative presentations, but also as a place for senior leaders to discuss current events and lessons learned. This year, the conference includes sessions on training for full-spectrum operations, cultural awareness and the Soldier, the civil - military team, leader development for full-spectrum operations and enhancing interoperability in coalition operations. In addition to presentations, there is time for the attendees to interact with their peers to discuss topics of interest to their nation. The CEA has evolved to be an ideal forum for senior leaders to discuss world events as they impact global and regional security landscapes.

What efforts does the Army plan to continue in the future?

In the spring, U.S. Army Europe will co-host with the Polish Army the Conference of European Armies for non-commissioned officer (CEANCO). The CEANCO is in its third year and has grown each year in attendance and scope. As our European allies and coalition partners continue to professionalize their militaries and develop NCO Corps, the CEANCO has become an important forum for sharing ideas among the top NCOs just as the CEA is for the chiefs of land forces. The CEA and the CEANCO are key events which allow U.S. Army leaders to interact with the military leaders of Europe.

Why is this important to the Army?

The CEA is just one of the many theater security cooperation activities that U.S. Army Europe hosts or participates in. TSC activities promote regional stability, facilitate access and develop coalition capabilities. As the European security climate has become more dynamic, TSC activities are increasingly important and the U.S. Army Europe is uniquely positioned to train with our allies in Europe and improve the capabilities and professionalism of our coalition allies.

Resource:

USAREUR Web site

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