New US military commander is US General Christopher Cavoli

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The American general Christopher Cavoli takes over as commander-in-chief of Allied forces in Europe, as announced today by NATOagainst the background of the tension caused by the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Kavoli’s appointment was approved by the North Atlantic Alliance Council. Cavoli will succeed General Todd D. Walters. His inauguration will take place this summer at NATO’s General Staff (SHAPE) in Kastos, near Mons, Belgium.

Christopher Cavoli, the son of an American-Italian officer, was born in the middle of the Cold War in Würzburg, then West Germany, and grew up in the military bases where his father served. He speaks Russian and has served in the US Army since 1987. He is married, a father of two and a graduate of Princeton University. He served in the Gulf War and Afghanistan. He was the commander of the US Army in Europe from January 2018 until October 2020, when he took over the Europe-Africa joint command.

NATO’s military commander is always American, while its secretary general comes from a European country. The first commander-in-chief was, until 1952, the later US President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

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