2008 Year of the NCO recap
Leadership and professionalism are just a couple of characteristics that come to mind when describing a Non Commissioned Officer. Those and many other positive attributes are used to describe the numerous NCOs who stood out from the rest with North Atlantic Treaty Organization's designation of 2008 as the Year of the NCO (YNCO). The Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), General John Craddock, along with the Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, Gen James N. Mattis, chose this year to communicate to key audiences that NATO values the leadership provided by NCOs in ground operations and that all NCOs should be trained to make decisions and encouraged to use initiative.

Successful completion of NATO mission Operation Allied Provider
Mons, Belgium – NATO completes its mission to escort World Food Programme (WFP) chartered vessels delivering humanitarian aid today. NATO provided an escort on eight occasions which resulted in the safe delivery of 30,000 metric tonnes of humanitarian aid to Somalia.

551 Iraqi Police Officers graduated from Carabinieri training
BAGHDAD, 2 December, 2008. 551 Iraqi Police Officers graduated from the Police Leadership Course carried out by Italian Carabinieri under NATO Training Mission in Iraq at Camp Dublin, Baghdad.

General Bernard “Bernie” Rogers NATO’s Longest Serving Supreme Commander Remembered
A memorial service to commemorate the life of General Bernard W. Rogers, NATO's longest serving Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) has been held at the Memorial Chapel, Fort Myer, Virginia. NATO's military was represented at the service by Major General Leonardo di Marco (Italian Army) and Command Sergeant Major Michael Bartelle (US Army).

All change at the NATO Programming Centre, Glons
GLONS (Belgium), 28 November – Today at the Kazerne Ambiorix in Tongeren, Belgium, the NATO Programming Centre (NPC) Glons conducted a ceremony marking the transfer of tasking authority from Allied Command Operations (ACO) to the NATO Communication and Information Systems Services Agency (NCSA).

SACEUR address to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly
“Transnational terrorism, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, piracy, climate change and energy security, cyber attacks, to name just a few – the threats to our collective security in our globalized world – that do not stop at national borders and cannot be successfully addressed by any nation alone. NATO's role is essential – it has proven its worth in confronting and defeating these and other threats and challenges.” said General John Craddock, Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, during a speech to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly on the 18th of November.

Ukrainian ship joins NATO Operation Active Endeavour
Naples, Italy - 14 November 2008. URS Ternopil will operate, for the second time, under the NATO flag and stand ready to counter the common threat of terrorism at sea, as the Ukrainian ship will today contribute to Operation Active Endeavour (OAE), the NATO maritime contribution to the fight against terrorism, until 09 December 08.

Former SACEUR Dies
The SHAPE community is saddened by the death of US General (Ret.) Bernard “Bernie” W. Rogers, on October, 27, 2008. General Rogers was the longest serving SACEUR holding the appointment from 1979 to 1987 when he retired from active duty with the US Army.

Iraqi Joint Staff College Graduation
BAGHDAD, October 7. The Chief of the Iraqi Joint Forces and Commanding General NATO Training Mission – Iraq today presided over the graduation of 64 officers from the third Junior Staff Course at the Iraqi Joint Staff College in Ar Rustamiyah, Baghdad.

NATO Naval Task Group en route to escort duties off Somali coast

Three NATO ships, part of the Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2) - separated from the main SNMG2 group and are en route to the East African coast responding to the UN Secretary General's request for NATO to escort merchant ships carrying World Food Programme (WFP) cargo.

Canadian Mounties share skills with Afghan Police
KABUL, Afghanistan - The security of Afghanistan is dependant on an effective police force. The police spend more time with people in their communities, and are more familiar with the region than other national security forces.

Statement by General John Craddock, Supreme Allied Commander Europe, on ISAF Counter Narcotics Mandate Expansion
BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - "At the request of the Afghan government, I am grateful the North Atlantic Council has given me the authority to expand the International Security and Assistance Force's (ISAF) role in counter narcotic operations. We now have the ability to move forward in an area that affects the security and stability of Afghanistan. It will allow us to reduce the funding and income to the insurgents -- which will enhance the force protection of all ISAF and Afghan National Security Force personnel."