U.S. Army Europe, Croatian Army co-host senior conference for senior noncommissioned officers 40-plus countries

June 5, 2012

By U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs

Keeping heroes active

U.S. Army Europe's senior enlisted advisor, Command Sgt. Maj. David Davenport, Sr., and Croatian Army Sgt. Maj. of the Army Dominik Ban present their opening comments to senior sergeants major from more than 40 European nations, Canada and Afghanistan during the sixth annual Conference of European Armies for Noncommissioned Officers that kicked off today in Zagreb, Croatia. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Maj. Lisa Hunter)

ZAGREB, Croatia – U.S. Army Europe and the Croatian Army are co-hosting the sixth Conference of European Armies for Noncommissioned Officers here this week, bringing together senior NCOs from more than 40 European nations, Canada and Afghanistan.

The three-day conference is a key component of USAREUR’s theater security cooperation program, which is designed to share tactics and techniques that build partnership and interoperability among European, U.S. and other allied and partner forces.

“The purpose of the conference is to encourage the development of professional armies throughout the European land forces and build relationships between the European armies’ senior NCOs,” explained USAREUR Command Sgt. Maj. David Davenport Sr.

"This is an opportunity to build mutually beneficial personal and professional relationships and to hear other countries' views on topics and issues that are important to all of us here in Europe," Davenport continued. "Many of these countries are our coalition partners in Afghanistan. In fact, 93 percent of our coalition partners in ISAF are European countries. So, this is an opportunity to for us to discuss joint exercises and engagements, at which we train for our coalition missions."

During the conference the NCOs will discuss a variety of professional development topics ranging from building and developing an NCO corps to the types of training available for NCOs across Europe.

“We are focused on the further progression of the development and success of professional noncommissioned officer corps in European and Eurasian land forces,” Davenport said. “The conference achieves that objective by engaging senior NCOs in frank and open discussions on military matters of mutual interest.”

Conference participants will also view multinational combined training at exercise Immediate Response 12, a multinational training event currently in progress at Croatia’s Slunj Training Area. The exercise includes forces from Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Slovenia, Montenegro and the United States and Macedonia and Serbia acting as observers.


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