General Craddock removed as NATO’s military head

May 12th, 2009 - 9:33 pm ICT by admin  

General Bantz J. Craddock Brussels, BELGIUM (BNO NEWS) – NATO decided on Tuesday to remove General Bantz J. Craddock as its Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, better known as NATO’s military head, BNO News confirms. Craddock has also been removed as Commander of the U.S. European Command.

In a statement, NATO said that President Obama had requested to remove Craddock from his position and that NATO’s Defence Planning Committee had agreed. “NATO’s Defence Planning Committee has agreed to the requests from President Barack H. Obama to release General Bantz J. Craddock, United States Army from his responsibilities as Supreme Allied Commander, Europe,” the statement read. It did not say why Obama made the request.

“The committee agreed with great regret to release General Craddock from his assignment as Supreme Allied Commander, Europe. They expressed to General Craddock, in the name of the NATO governments, lasting gratitude for his distinguished service,” the press release said.

Admiral James G. Stavridis, who is currently serving as the Commander of the United States Southern Command, will replace Craddock as Supreme Allied Commander, Europe. In addition to the NATO position, Stavridis has also been nominated by President Obama to become the Commander of the U.S. European Command. If the U.S. Senate approves Obama’s recommendation, the President will reappoint Stavridis to the grade of Admiral while serving both positions.

The White House did not immediately return a comment to BNO News.

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