EUCOM commander visits multi-nation special operations exercise in Croatia
ZEMUNIK AIR BASE, Croatia - American and coalition forces participating in the multi-national special operations Jackal Stone 2009 exercise gave the commander of U.S. European Command/Supreme Allied Commander Europe a glimpse of what has been transpiring during the three-week training event held throughout the country of Croatia, here Sept. 23.
ZADAR, Croatia — Navy Adm. James G. Stavridis, U.S. European Command commander, walks with Brig. Gen. Drazen Scuri, Col. Nikola Zupanic, and Maj. Gen Frank Kisner after arriving at Zemunik Air Base here Sept. 23, 2009. The EUCOM commander came here to visit the site of the special operations exercise, Jackal Stone. The international special operations exercise, co-organized by the Special Operations Battalion of General Staff of the Croatian Armed Forces and U.S. Special Operations Command Europe, is being conducted to enhance the capabilities and interoperability of the soldiers participating. (Department of Defense photo by Maj. Jim Gregory)
5 photos: ZADAR, Croatia — Navy Adm. James G. Stavridis, U.S. European Command commander, walks with Brig. Gen. Drazen Scuri, Col. Nikola Zupanic, and Maj. Gen Frank Kisner after arriving at Zemunik Air B
Photo 1 of 5: ZADAR, Croatia — Navy Adm. James G. Stavridis, U.S. European Command commander, walks with Brig. Gen. Drazen Scuri, Col. Nikola Zupanic, and Maj. Gen Frank Kisner after arriving at Zemunik Air Base here Sept. 23, 2009. The EUCOM commander came here to visit the site of the special operations exercise, Jackal Stone. The international special operations exercise, co-organized by the Special Operations Battalion of General Staff of the Croatian Armed Forces and U.S. Special Operations Command Europe, is being conducted to enhance the capabilities and interoperability of the soldiers participating. (Department of Defense photo by Maj. Jim Gregory) Download full-resolution version
ZADAR, Croatia — Navy Adm. James G. Stavridis, U.S. European Command commander, greets Col. Nikola Zupanic after arriving at Zemunik Air Base here Sept. 23, 2009.  The EUCOM commander came here to visit the site of the special operations exercise, Jackal Stone. The international special operations exercise, co-organized by the Special Operations Battalion of General Staff of the Croatian Armed Forces and U.S. Special Operations Command Europe, is being conducted to enhance the capabilities and interoperability of the soldiers participating. (Department of Defense photo by Maj. Jim Gregory)
5 photos: ZADAR, Croatia — Navy Adm. James G. Stavridis, U.S. European Command commander, greets Col. Nikola Zupanic after arriving at Zemunik Air Base here Sept. 23, 2009. The EUCOM commander came here
Photo 2 of 5: ZADAR, Croatia — Navy Adm. James G. Stavridis, U.S. European Command commander, greets Col. Nikola Zupanic after arriving at Zemunik Air Base here Sept. 23, 2009. The EUCOM commander came here to visit the site of the special operations exercise, Jackal Stone. The international special operations exercise, co-organized by the Special Operations Battalion of General Staff of the Croatian Armed Forces and U.S. Special Operations Command Europe, is being conducted to enhance the capabilities and interoperability of the soldiers participating. (Department of Defense photo by Maj. Jim Gregory) Download full-resolution version
ZADAR, Croatia — U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen Frank Kisner, Croatian Col. Nikola Zupanic, U.S. Navy Adm. James G. Stavridis, and Croatian Brig. Gen. Drazen Scuri (left to right), stand together at Zemunik Air Base here Sept. 23, 2009.  The EUCOM commander came here to visit the site of the special operations exercise, Jackal Stone. The international special operations exercise, co-organized by the Special Operations Battalion of General Staff of the Croatian Armed Forces and U.S. Special Operations Command Europe, is being conducted to enhance the capabilities and interoperability of the soldiers participating. (Department of Defense photo by Maj. Jim Gregory)
5 photos: ZADAR, Croatia — U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen Frank Kisner, Croatian Col. Nikola Zupanic, U.S. Navy Adm. James G. Stavridis, and Croatian Brig. Gen. Drazen Scuri (left to right), stand together at Ze
Photo 3 of 5: ZADAR, Croatia — U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen Frank Kisner, Croatian Col. Nikola Zupanic, U.S. Navy Adm. James G. Stavridis, and Croatian Brig. Gen. Drazen Scuri (left to right), stand together at Zemunik Air Base here Sept. 23, 2009. The EUCOM commander came here to visit the site of the special operations exercise, Jackal Stone. The international special operations exercise, co-organized by the Special Operations Battalion of General Staff of the Croatian Armed Forces and U.S. Special Operations Command Europe, is being conducted to enhance the capabilities and interoperability of the soldiers participating. (Department of Defense photo by Maj. Jim Gregory) Download full-resolution version
ZADAR, Croatia — Navy Adm. James G. Stavridis, U.S. European Command commander, speaks with Brig. Gen. Drazen Scuri after arriving at Zemunik Air Base here Sept. 23, 2009. The EUCOM commander came here to visit the site of the special operations exercise, Jackal Stone. The international special operations exercise, co-organized by the Special Operations Battalion of General Staff of the Croatian Armed Forces and U.S. Special Operations Command Europe, is being conducted to enhance the capabilities and interoperability of the soldiers participating. (Department of Defense photo by Maj. Jim Gregory)
5 photos: ZADAR, Croatia — Navy Adm. James G. Stavridis, U.S. European Command commander, speaks with Brig. Gen. Drazen Scuri after arriving at Zemunik Air Base here Sept. 23, 2009. The EUCOM commander ca
Photo 4 of 5: ZADAR, Croatia — Navy Adm. James G. Stavridis, U.S. European Command commander, speaks with Brig. Gen. Drazen Scuri after arriving at Zemunik Air Base here Sept. 23, 2009. The EUCOM commander came here to visit the site of the special operations exercise, Jackal Stone. The international special operations exercise, co-organized by the Special Operations Battalion of General Staff of the Croatian Armed Forces and U.S. Special Operations Command Europe, is being conducted to enhance the capabilities and interoperability of the soldiers participating. (Department of Defense photo by Maj. Jim Gregory) Download full-resolution version
ZADAR, Croatia — Navy Adm. James G. Stavridis, U.S. European Command commander, speaks with Maj. Gen. Frank Kisner, Col. Nikola Zupanic and Brig. Gen. Drazen Scuri after arriving at Zemunik Air Base here Sept. 23, 2009. The EUCOM commander came here to visit the site of the special operations exercise, Jackal Stone. The international special operations exercise, co-organized by the Special Operations Battalion of General Staff of the Croatian Armed Forces and U.S. Special Operations Command Europe, is being conducted to enhance the capabilities and interoperability of the soldiers participating. (Department of Defense photo by Maj. Jim Gregory)
5 photos: ZADAR, Croatia — Navy Adm. James G. Stavridis, U.S. European Command commander, speaks with Maj. Gen. Frank Kisner, Col. Nikola Zupanic and Brig. Gen. Drazen Scuri after arriving at Zemunik Air
Photo 5 of 5: ZADAR, Croatia — Navy Adm. James G. Stavridis, U.S. European Command commander, speaks with Maj. Gen. Frank Kisner, Col. Nikola Zupanic and Brig. Gen. Drazen Scuri after arriving at Zemunik Air Base here Sept. 23, 2009. The EUCOM commander came here to visit the site of the special operations exercise, Jackal Stone. The international special operations exercise, co-organized by the Special Operations Battalion of General Staff of the Croatian Armed Forces and U.S. Special Operations Command Europe, is being conducted to enhance the capabilities and interoperability of the soldiers participating. (Department of Defense photo by Maj. Jim Gregory) Download full-resolution version
ZADAR, Croatia — Navy Adm. James G. Stavridis, U.S. European Command commander, walks with Brig. Gen. Drazen Scuri, Col. Nikola Zupanic, and Maj. Gen Frank Kisner after arriving at Zemunik Air Base here Sept. 23, 2009. The EUCOM commander came here to visit the site of the special operations exercise, Jackal Stone. The international special operations exercise, co-organized by the Special Operations Battalion of General Staff of the Croatian Armed Forces and U.S. Special Operations Command Europe, is being conducted to enhance the capabilities and interoperability of the soldiers participating. (Department of Defense photo by Maj. Jim Gregory)
ZADAR, Croatia — Navy Adm. James G. Stavridis, U.S. European Command commander, greets Col. Nikola Zupanic after arriving at Zemunik Air Base here Sept. 23, 2009.  The EUCOM commander came here to visit the site of the special operations exercise, Jackal Stone. The international special operations exercise, co-organized by the Special Operations Battalion of General Staff of the Croatian Armed Forces and U.S. Special Operations Command Europe, is being conducted to enhance the capabilities and interoperability of the soldiers participating. (Department of Defense photo by Maj. Jim Gregory)
ZADAR, Croatia — U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen Frank Kisner, Croatian Col. Nikola Zupanic, U.S. Navy Adm. James G. Stavridis, and Croatian Brig. Gen. Drazen Scuri (left to right), stand together at Zemunik Air Base here Sept. 23, 2009.  The EUCOM commander came here to visit the site of the special operations exercise, Jackal Stone. The international special operations exercise, co-organized by the Special Operations Battalion of General Staff of the Croatian Armed Forces and U.S. Special Operations Command Europe, is being conducted to enhance the capabilities and interoperability of the soldiers participating. (Department of Defense photo by Maj. Jim Gregory)
ZADAR, Croatia — Navy Adm. James G. Stavridis, U.S. European Command commander, speaks with Brig. Gen. Drazen Scuri after arriving at Zemunik Air Base here Sept. 23, 2009. The EUCOM commander came here to visit the site of the special operations exercise, Jackal Stone. The international special operations exercise, co-organized by the Special Operations Battalion of General Staff of the Croatian Armed Forces and U.S. Special Operations Command Europe, is being conducted to enhance the capabilities and interoperability of the soldiers participating. (Department of Defense photo by Maj. Jim Gregory)
ZADAR, Croatia — Navy Adm. James G. Stavridis, U.S. European Command commander, speaks with Maj. Gen. Frank Kisner, Col. Nikola Zupanic and Brig. Gen. Drazen Scuri after arriving at Zemunik Air Base here Sept. 23, 2009. The EUCOM commander came here to visit the site of the special operations exercise, Jackal Stone. The international special operations exercise, co-organized by the Special Operations Battalion of General Staff of the Croatian Armed Forces and U.S. Special Operations Command Europe, is being conducted to enhance the capabilities and interoperability of the soldiers participating. (Department of Defense photo by Maj. Jim Gregory)

ZEMUNIK AIR BASE, Croatia — American and coalition forces participating in the multi-national special operations Jackal Stone 2009 exercise gave the commander of U.S. European Command/Supreme Allied Commander Europe a glimpse of what has been transpiring during the three-week training event held throughout the country of Croatia, here Sept. 23.

Navy Adm. James G. Stavridis began his day in Split, climbing aboard an MH-47 Chinook from the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) and viewed a Visit, Board, Search, and Seizure (VBSS) maritime assault conducted by forces from Lithuania, Croatia, Ukraine and the U.S.

The training, designed to capture enemy vessels and combat terrorism, allowed the admiral to see how the participating forces enhance their capability and improve their interoperability with each other.

From Split, Stavridis flew to Zemunik Air Base where he was greeted by Maj. Gen. Frank J. Kisner, commander, U.S. Special Operations Command Europe and Brig. Gen. Drazen Scuri, deputy commander of the Croatian Air Force and Air Defense, to continue his tour.

He immediately moved to the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force (CJSOTF), where he was briefed about how a combined and joint special operations center functions in the preliminary stages of a counterinsurgency operation. The staff stressed that although many of the exercise injects instigated direct action mission planning and execution, special focus was placed on the information and communication elements of the counterinsurgency environment.

During his visit to the CJSOTF, the admiral took a moment to speak to the military personnel representing the ten nations participating in the exercise and praised their efforts, emphasizing the need for exercises like Jackal Stone.

"We are stronger together," Stavridis said. "This kind of cooperation and working together is important."

As he departed, he made it clear that security depends on the ability of U.S., allied and partner nations to address risks before they become crises and that Jackal Stone 2009 was key to improving the capability of all participants.

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