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EUCOM Commander Concludes Two-Day Visit to Israel

The commander of the U.S. European Command (EUCOM), Admiral James Stavridis, departed Israel on Monday following a two-day work visit as a guest of the Chief of the General Staff, Lieutenant General Benny Gantz.

During the course of his visit, Admiral Stavridis conducted work meetings with senior officers and toured a number of facilities throughout the country, including a site of an “Iron Dome” battery which protects Israeli citizens from rockets and missiles fired by the enemy.

EUCOM, the United States Combatant Command responsible for nearly all of Europe, parts of Asia and the Middle East, and the Atlantic and Arctic Ocean, also heads many aspects of the military cooperation between Israel and the United States. One specific example of this cooperation is active missile defense.

Israel and the United States plan to hold a joint large scale missile defense exercise next year to improve operational coordination of their defense systems.

The exercise is scheduled to take place in early 2012 and will be one of the most extensive and complex drills ever conducted.

This was Admiral Stavridis’ third visit to Israel and his first in the current year. The visit took place as part of the annual schedule of joint training and learning between EUCOM and the IDF.

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