Taliban give up fighting in Badakhshan
20 Dec 2013
FAIZABAD, Afghanistan, Thursday 19 December 2013 - A total of 60 Taliban rebels gave up fighting and joined the government- initiated peace and reconciliation process in the northern province of Badakhshan, a provincial government spokesman Ahmad Nawid Frotan told Xinhua: "Sixty Taliban fighters renounced violence and handed over their weapons to security authorities in Jurm district earlier Thursday," Story by: English.news.cn

Historic NATO Air Component Closes Its Gates.
19 Dec 2013
Established in September 1999 in Northern Italy, Poggio Renatico, the Combined Air Operation Center 5 (CAOC-5) is a multinational command and control headquarters for air operations, in which 12 NATO countries contribute. This multinational team worked to accomplish their mission to govern Southern European airspace. After a long history of NATO operations the CAOC-5 will close its doors for the last time on 31 December 2013.

US Patriot Missile Mission in Turkey Changes Command
19 Dec 2013
Gaziantep, Turkey. During a transfer-of-authority ceremony, Friday 13 December 2013, the new U.S. commander in Gaziantep took over the responsibility for the U.S. Patriot battery in Southern Turkey. "Always remember, at the end of the day, there are over a million people in the city of Gaziantep ... depending on you to protect them against missiles across the border” said U.S. Army Col. Greg Brady in his speech at the ceremony. Story by: Stars and Stripes

SACEUR and Command Senior Enlisted Leader Holiday Greeting video
18 Dec 2013
General Philip Breedlove, the Supreme Allied Commander Europe and Chief Master Sergeant Richard Small, the Command Senior Enlisted Leader sends their holiday greetings to U.S. service members stationed in Europe and the Middle East.

HQ ARRC Soldiers train as first responders
17 Dec 2013

On 9-11 December soldiers in Headquarters Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (HQ ARRC) attended the British Army Team Medic Course (BATMC) on Imjin Barracks to train as first responders to provide casualty care to injured soldiers in a combat situation.

Italian Minister of Defence visits KFOR
17 Dec 2013
On 16 December 2013 the Italian Minister of Defence, Mr. Mario Mauro, visited the Italian KFOR contingent in Pristina. During the visit, the Italian Minister of Defence met important political representatives of Kosovo including the Prime Minister, Mr. Hashim Thaci, the Minister for the Kosovo Security Forces, Mr. Agim Ceku, and the President of Kosovo, Mrs. Atifete Jahjaga.

NATO ACT defining its path towards the 2014 Summit
16 Dec 2013

Chiefs of Transformation Conference took place 10 - 12 December 2013 at the Sheraton Waterside Hotel in Norfolk, Virginia (USA). More than 270 transformation chiefs and stakeholders from the 28 NATO member nations and NATO partner nations attended to this year's conference that focused on several high-priority Allied Command Transformation (ACT) projects such as the Connected Forces Initiative, Smart Defence and Federated Mission Networking.

Chief of Ukrainian Counter-Piracy Contingent visits NATO Task Force
16 Dec 2013
Ukrainian Navy Rear Admiral  Andrii Tarasov and Commanding Officer of UPS HETMAN SAGAIDACHNYCommander Roman Piatnitskiy, visited the NATO counter-piracy Task Force 508 on board flagship ESPS ALVARO DE BAZAN to discuss their cooperation in counter-piracy.

NATO Launches 'Cyber Attack' Exercise
12 Dec 2013
Euronews article and video, dated Wednesday 11 December 2013, on cyber attacks. NATO has launched a series of exercises to prepare and deal with potential cyber attacks. "Computers and networks might be used as useful equipment but also as weapons.” Quotes and Explanations by experts and Jamie Shea, head of NATO’s Emerging Security Challenges Division.

German Minister of Defence visits KFOR
11 Dec 2013
German Minister of Defence, Mr. Thomas de Maiziere and four members of the German Parliament visited KFOR HQ and met KFOR Commander, Major-General Salvatore FARINA, in Camp Film City in Pristina and visited German KFOR troops.

SACEUR presents Afghanistan Campaign Pennant
11 Dec 2013

SACEUR General Philip Breedlove, presented the NATO Airborne Early Warning and Control Force and the E-3A Component a campaign pennant to recognize their sustained AWACS contributions to the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) mission in Afghanistan.

Spanish Navy Takes Command of NATO Counter-Piracy Operation from Norway
10 Dec 2013
Commodore Henning Amundsen, Commander Standing NATO Maritime Group ONE (SNMG1), hands over command of NATO’s counter-piracy Operation OCEAN SHIELD task force (CTF-508) to Rear-Admiral Eugenio Diaz Del Rio, Commander SNMG2. Listing the past six months extraordinary amount of activity by CTF-508.