Natos Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) US Air Force General Philip M. Breedlove and The Command Senior Enlisted Leader Command Sergeant Major Davor Petek together whit the new Norwegian Sergant Majors and Masterchief Petty Officers in FanahallenNatos Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) US Air Force General Philip M. Breedlove and The Command Senior Enlisted Leader Command Sergeant Major Davor Petek together whit the new Norwegian Sergant Majors and Masterchief Petty Officers in Fanahallenhttp://forsvaret.no/media/PubImages/20160202OST_8490.jpghttp://forsvaret.no/media/PubImages/Forms/DispForm.aspx?ID=5249General Philip M. Breedlove hilser på sersjantmajorer fra Forsvaret i Fanehallen på Akershus festning. Foto: Olav Standal Tangen, ForsvaretGeneral Philip M. Breedlove greets the command sergeants, at Fanehallen on Akershus Fortress. Photo: Olav Standal Tangen, Norwegian Armed Forces
Natos Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) US Air Force General Philip M. Breedlove at the command team seminar in FanahallenNatos Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) US Air Force General Philip M. Breedlove at the command team seminar in Fanahallenhttp://forsvaret.no/media/PubImages/20160202OST_7802.jpghttp://forsvaret.no/media/PubImages/Forms/DispForm.aspx?ID=5247Natos Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), general Philip M. Breedlove, er alliansens øverste militære leder. Tirsdag var han i Oslo og snakket varmt om Forsvarets nye militærordning. Foto: Olav Standal Tangen, ForsvaretNATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), General Philip M. Breedlove, is the alliance's top military leader. Tuesday he was in Oslo and spoke highly of the emerging NCO corps of the Norwegian Armed Forces. Photo: Olav Standal Tangen, Norwegian Armed Forces
Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), general Philip M. Breedlove og hans sersjantmajor Davor Petek, besøkte Command Team Forum 2. februar 2016. // Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), General Philip M. Breedlove and his Sergeant Major Davor PeteSupreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), general Philip M. Breedlove og hans sersjantmajor Davor Petek, besøkte Command Team Forum 2. februar 2016. // Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), General Philip M. Breedlove and his Sergeant Major Davor Petehttp://forsvaret.no/media/PubImages/SACEUR-toppbilde.jpghttp://forsvaret.no/media/PubImages/Forms/DispForm.aspx?ID=5250Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), general Philip M. Breedlove, fikk overlevert en plakett av Hærens sersjantmajor Rune Wenneberg. Foto: Anette Ask, ForsvaretSupreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), General Philip M. Breedlove, was handed a plaque by the Norwegian Army Command Sergeant Major Rune Wenneberg. Photo: Anette Ask, Norwegian Army
The Command Senior Enlisted Leader Command Sergeant Major Davor Petek at the command team seminar in FanahallenThe Command Senior Enlisted Leader Command Sergeant Major Davor Petek at the command team seminar in Fanahallenhttp://forsvaret.no/media/PubImages/20160202OST_7814.jpghttp://forsvaret.no/media/PubImages/Forms/DispForm.aspx?ID=5248Natos egen «sersjantmajor», kroatiske command sergeant major Davor Petek, var også på plass i Oslo. Foto: Olav Standal Tangen, ForsvaretNATOs own «command seargent», Croatian command sergeant major Davor Petek, was also present in Oslo. Photo: Olav Standal Tangen, Norwegian Armed Forces

NATO commander boosts leadership development

On Tuesday 2 February 2016, the first command teams of the Norwegian Army convened. SACEUR wanted to endorse this special occasion.

You are making army history here today. To drive the development of a brand new corps of specialists from its inception, is an opportunity few have ever been granted, said general Philip M. Breedlove while describing the new personnel system in the Norwegian Armed Forces.

Improved combat power

General Breedlove is a U.S. Air Force general, and is currently the Supreme Allied Commander in Europe (SACEUR).

On Tuesday 2 February, he participated in the first command team forum in the Norwegian Army. The general is very much engaged in developing effective command teams for NATO. He flew to Norway with no other purpose than to participate in this meeting with Norwegian Army battalion commanders and their command sergeants.

"This is extremely important for NATO. The Alliance will thrive from it. Our forces are not growing in numbers, and we must therefore operate more efficiently," Breedlove upheld during the forum.

believes in Nor​​way

General Breedlove is convinced that the emerging non-commissioned officer's corps of the Norwegian Armed Forces will be important to NATO. According to him, only seven or eight members of the alliance have successful NCO corps, and he expects Norway to follow suit.

"These countries are employing their NCOs successfully. Your contribution will cause great changes in the entire Alliance, but it will require everyone's dedication," Breedlove said enthusiastically.

Mixed feelings

In June 2015, the Norwegian parliament passed a bill to establish a new personnel system in the Norwegian Armed Force – adding a new NCO corps to the existing officer's corps.

The decision has been received with mixed feelings in the Armed Forces. General Breedlove encouraged everyone to set aside their differences, and to cooperate.

​"You have to embrace this system, and you have to change your mindsets. The NCOs will support the officers in accomplishing all missions. Consequently, the specialists will need time, resources and funding to develop their profession and to function properly," Breedlove concluded.

Satisfied army chief​​

The meeting in Oslo was a command team forum. All commanding officers of the Norwegian Army and their newly selected command sergeants, were present. Inspector General of the Norwegian Army, Major General Odin Johannessen, was pleased with the support provided by SACEUR.

"His visit is precisely what we need t​​o get this process going in the right direction. We need to ensure that the new system develops into a driver for improved combat power for all our services," Johannessen commented after the meeting with SACEUR.

Published 05 February 2016 10:42. by Anders Fjellestad and Olav Standal Tangen (Photo), Norwegian Armed Forces Media Centre. Translated by Aleksander Jankov, Norwegian Army.. Last updated 28 June 2016 10:57.