ZAVENTEM, Belgium – Leaders of the U.S. Army Benelux Garrison visited the North Atlantic Treaty Organization headquarters in Brussels on Feb. 3, 2022.
The event, part of Garrison Leadership Development, brought together team members from key garrison communities in Belgium and the Netherlands to hear American leadership in NATO.
Speakers were David Helvey, Acting Senior Civilian Representative for the Secretary of Defense in Europe and Acting Defense Advisor to the US Mission to NATO; US Space Force Brig. Gen. James E. Smith, Deputy Military Representative to NATO; Heidi Evans, Deputy Policy Advisor; Richard Holtzapple, Deputy Permanent Representative of the United States to NATO; and retired United States Marine Corps Col. Philippe Rogers, Director of Defense Operations.
USAG Benelux, formerly known as NATO/SHAPE Support Group and NATO Support Activity, continues to provide support services to the United States and other NATO members as part of of his mission. The NATO speakers therefore elucidated the complex organizational structure of NATO, the processes by which they arrive at decisions and more. Several speakers referred to the value of NATO’s core tasks, which they called the three Cs: collective defence, crisis management and cooperative security.
A few speakers also thanked the leaders for the service and support the garrison provides to NATO members.
“The services you provide not only stock our shelves,” Evans said during his talk, “they provide a sense of community.”
Chanda Russell, Director of Garrison Human Resources, recently joined the Garrison team, and this was her first time at NATO Headquarters. She was impressed with the event, the briefings, the speakers, the professionalism of everyone involved and the building itself, which the group had a brief tour of.
“Almost every briefer talked about the three Cs, and that’s something we all need to pay attention to,” Russell said.
Before the garrison commanders departed, they thanked the event organizers and the group took group photos at the NATO 9/11 Memorial and the flags of NATO and the 30 member nations.
To learn more about NATO, visit https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/index.htm.