Maj. Gen. Stéphane Canitrot, commanding general, French Logistics Command, visited 21st Theater Sustainment Command Headquarters in Kaiserslautern, Germany for the first time on September 26-27.
U.S. Army Maj. Gen. James Smith, commanding general, 21st TSC, said building and strengthening relationships benefits both commands and a shared commitment enhances interoperability. “We must be deliberate,” said Smith.
An official partnership under the Unit Partnership Program between U.S. Army Europe and Africa and French Land Forces Command, entered into in March 2020, is designed to improve the ability of U.S. and French armed forces to operate cohesively under NATO standards and doctrine.
The two logistic commands are diving deeper into their plans of military engagements. "I think it's very interesting for us to exchange,” said Canitrot. “In order to improve our mutual cooperation, especially in Europe.”
The two leaders discussed the French-led exercise, ORION 23. According to Canitrot, it is the “first step” for the two commands to engage in an operational and tactical level exercise and acquire mutual understanding of their capabilities. ORION 23 will take place in April 2023 and focuses on crisis response and the execution of the French Rapid Reaction Force.
“COMLOG has outstanding resources especially pertaining to reception, staging and onward movement. Our combined capabilities will impact sustainment throughout the European theater,” said Smith. This is a clear case of being “stronger together”.
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The 21st Theater Sustainment Command executes assigned missions, plans contingency operations in the European theater; while also serving as a Joint Security Area Operations. In doing so, the 21st TSC not only ensures a theater capable of supporting routine operations, but also deterrence and contingency operations. The 21st TSC also enables and facilitates the rapid receiving and deploying of military forces to maintain a strong Europe and execute joint security area operations.