|Updated: 05-May-2000||NATO Speeches|
At the ACE
by SACEUR General Ralston
Secretary General Lord Robertson, Admiral & Mrs. Venturoni, Ministers,
Excellencies, Chiefs of Defense, Regional Commanders, Mr. Mayor, distinguished
guests, ladies and gentlemen, men and women in uniform:
I will do my best to remain worthy of your confidence.
In assuming this command I am well aware that ours is an Alliance of
19 sovereign nations dedicated to a set of common objectives centered
I believe that the key word is "unite" because it is in unity that we find might.
NATO's chief strength is not in its military forces but in the unified
spirit of a free European people
and it is clear that by its very
unity NATO has been a catalyst for peace, stability, freedom, and prosperity.
Mr. Secretary General, I consider it a great privilege to be working for you and with you ... as you lead the Alliance into the future.
Admiral Venturoni, I pledge to you my commitment to work with you and the military committee to provide the highest quality military advice to the North Atlantic Council.
General Clark and Gert, thank you for the years of service you've given this Alliance and our Armed Forces both of you have earned the gratitude and esteem of the Alliance and of free peoples everywhere and Dede and I wish you every happiness as you embark on the next phase of your lives.
Men and women of Allied Command Europe
we have a tough job ahead.
And if our Alliance needs to employ that combat power - we must be ready.
Thank you for making this day memorable for Dede and me.