SACEUR visits SFOR

Thierry Domin
First published in
SFOR Informer#158, February 20, 2003

The Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), General James L. Jones, United States Marine Corps, arrived in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) Feb. 4 for a two-day visit and had meetings with the Quint Ambassadors (France, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom and United States) and the High Representative.

Sarajevo - Jones also met with Lt. Gen. Ward, COMSFOR, the commanders of the Multinational Brigades and the commander of the Multinational Specialised Unit (MSU). He discussed a number of issues to include the restructuring of the Armed Forces in BiH, the important role of the Standing Committee on Military Matters (SCMM) for a state level defence organisation, the Partnership for Peace program, and the current situation in the respective Areas of Responsibility. It was Jones' first official call to Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Jones is the Commander, United States European Command and the 14th Supreme Allied Commander Europe. He assumed his duties as SACEUR on Jan. 17, 2003.
As SACEUR, Jones is in overall command of NATO's military forces in Europe (Allied Command Europe, ACE). ACE's mission is to preserve the peace, security and territorial integrity of the NATO member nations. He is also the overall commander of military forces from over 30 nations participating in ongoing operations in Bosnia and Herzegovina (SFOR) and Kosovo (KFOR).

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Lt. Gen. William E. Ward, COMSFOR (r.), welcomes Gen. James L. Jones, SACEUR, at his arrival at Sarajevo Airport.