The current SHAPE command structure includes the Command Group,the Directorates and the Special Staff.
At the top of the SHAPE structure are the posts of Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) supported by the Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe (DSACEUR) and the Chief of Staff (COS); all are 4 Star Generals. SACEUR's position is always assigned to the United States of America, while DSACEUR and COS posts are now permanently assigned to the United Kingdom and the Federal Republic of Germany respectively. The Chief of Staff is also represented by the Vice Chief of Staff (VCOS), a three-star general from France.
SACEUR is also the commander of the US European Command (USEUCOM) with its Headquarters located in Stuttgart, Germany. The DSACEUR is also the European Operational Commander once EU avails herself of NATO assets and capabilities under arrangements known as the "Berlin Plus Agreement”.