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NATO Operations - Internal and External Challenges - General John Craddock
General John Craddock, Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) spoke on the current and future tasks ahead of the organisation's Sixtieth Anniversary. General Craddock provided an update on the current mission in Afghanistan, the challenges it still faces and the progress being made. He also examined how the changing security environment affects NATO and what the Alliance must do to effectively meet the operational challenges of the 21st century.
General John Craddock graduated from West Virginia University and was commissioned as an Armor Officer. In 1989, Craddock assumed command of the 4th Btn 64th Armor 24th Infantry Division (Mechanized) at Fort Stewart, Georgia, during which time he deployed to Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. In 1996 Gen Craddock move to the Joint Staff at the Pentagon as Assistant Deputy Director (Plans and Policy), J5. General Craddock led the U.S. Southern Command from 2004 until 2006, when he was appointed to his current post.