Romania – NATO and Romanian Ministry of Defense
representatives activated the Multinational Division Southeast (MND-SE)
headquarters in Bucharest, Dec. 1, 2015.
headquarters provides a high readiness capability to
command forces deployed within the Southeast region of NATO’s border nations.
The activation ceremony in Bucharest indicated the official integration of
MND-SE into the NATO command structure.
"This new headquarters, led
by Romanian armed forces members, will assure NATO allies of an increased
readiness and capability, not only for the Southeast region, but for all of
NATO,” said Allied Joint Force Command Naples deputy commander, Canadian Forces
Lieutenant General Alain Parent. JFC Naples will serve as the operational
control of MND-SE.
As a divisional
headquarters in the Southeast region, MND-SE will be prepared to execute
command and control over the NATO Force Integration Units in Romania and
Bulgaria for a range of missions, which includes Article V operations based on NATO advance planning, when
authorized by the North Atlantic Council and directed by the Supreme Allied
"Multinational Divisional Headquarters
Southeast is an important contribution to NATO’s collective defence,” said Major
General Josef Blotz, Director of Operations and Planning Division in the
International Military Staff at NATO Headquarters. "Today’s inauguration demonstrates
that the implementation of the Readiness Action Plan is on track and on time.”
NATO has implemented the
Readiness Action Plan at the 2014 Wales Summit to adapt and meet the challenges
in the security environment of NATO’s borders and beyond. The establishment of
MND-SE ensures that NATO is ready to meet potential threats to the alliance now
and in the future.
Story and photos by Allied Joint Force Command Naples Public Affairs