Supreme Allied Commander Europe

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Employment.png Supreme Allied Commander Europe 

Start24 March 1952
Leader ofNATO
The head of the military chain of command in NATO.

The Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) is NATO's top military executive and has always been filled by an American. As of 2020 NATO's SACEUR is Tod D. Wolters[1].

Before 2003 the SACEUR was head of Allied Command Europe. Since 2003 the SACEUR is also head of Allied Command Operations (ACO) controlling all NATO operations worldwide.

Bilderberg attendance

Alfred Gruenther, who was SACEUR when the Bilderberg group was set up, attended the meeting in 1955 (and possibly also 1957, 1966). All subsequent SACEURs attended at least once (but in contrast to the Secretary General of NATO - generally not before their appointment) up to John Galvin (1987-1992). At that point, the pattern changed, with the SACEUR generally no longer attending Bilderberg. James L. Jones was an exception to this rule, attending Bilderberg in 2005.


Office Holders on Wikispooks

Christopher Cavoli4 July 2022Attended the 2023 Bilderberg meeting
Tod Wolters3 May 20194 July 2022
Curtis Scaparrotti4 May 20163 May 2019
Philip Breedlove13 May 20134 May 2016Attended the 2014 Bilderberg
James Stavridis2 July 200913 May 2013
Bantz J. Craddock7 December 20062 July 2009
James L. Jones17 January 20037 December 2006
Joseph Ralston3 May 200017 January 2003
Wesley Clark11 July 19973 May 2000
George Joulwan22 October 199311 July 1997
John Shalikashvili24 June 199222 October 1993
John Galvin26 June 198724 June 1992
Bernard Rogers1 July 197926 June 1987
Alexander Haig15 December 19741 July 1979
Andrew Goodpaster1 July 196915 December 1974
Lyman Lemnitzer1 January 19631 July 1969
Lauris Norstad20 November 19561 January 1963
Alfred Gruenther11 July 195320 November 1956Attended 2 Bilderbergs in this capacity
Matthew B. Ridgway30 May 195211 July 1953
Dwight Eisenhower2 April 195130 May 1952Arthur TedderThe first holder of this office
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  1. A list of previous SACEURs is at wikipedia