Army Gen. Curtis M. Scaparrotti received the Atlantic Council’s Distinguished Military Leader Award during a ceremony here last night.
Scaparrotti is NATO’s supreme allied commander for Europe and the commander of U.S. European Command.
The Atlantic Council is a nonprofit, nonpartisan Washington-based “think tank” that specializes in international affairs.
Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, introduced Scaparrotti at the black-tie event.
Scaparrotti has commanded in “every clime and place,” from West Germany during the Cold War to Zaire, from Liberia to Bosnia, and in Iraq and Afghanistan, Dunford said.
Eucom’s, NATO’s ‘Inspiring Men, Women’
Accepting the award, Scaparrotti saluted “the inspiring men and women of NATO and the United States European Command.”
“As we gather this evening,” he continued, “tens of thousands of NATO service members from all 29 allied nations are deployed around the world conducting operations, missions and training exercises in the Arctic, in the high north and in Afghanistan. [They are] along the eastern alliance border in multinational battle groups from Estonia to Romania, and in naval task forces tonight in the North Atlantic, in the Baltic and Black seas and in the Mediterranean. And…