RC(SW): NATO’s Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe visits Helmand
Lieutenant General Sir Alexander Richard David Shirreff, NATO’s Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe, toured Regional Command (South West)’s area of operations in Helmand province, from 5-6 September.
Shirreff visited patrol and forward operating bases in Nad ‘Ali and Lashkar Gah districts and Camps Leatherneck and Bastion to learn firsthand what support NATO’s highest leadership can provide to coalition troops and their commanders.
“I’m responsible for force generation, to ensure the commander of [International Security Assistance Force] has the forces he needs,” Shirreff said.
“And we face, at the strategic level at NATO, a challenge because all our nations are under considerable political pressure to drawdown. And clearly, the commander of ISAF continues to need the resources he needs from across the coalition to continue the fight.”
At each stop Shirreff talked to the local American, British and Afghan unit commanders for a battleground assessment and to get their opinions regarding what NATO can do to help them. They discussed topics related to the Afghan people, insurgents, Afghan National Security Forces, the Afghan government and the transition of security responsibility from coalition forces to Afghans.