CENTCOM Change of Command Ceremony
March 26, 2013 § Leave a comment
As the Ambassador for a strong military and political ally of the United States, I often have occasion to attend important events for our shared regional security interests. Last Friday, I had the honor of attending the ceremony where General Lloyd J. Austin assumed command of United States Central Command from General James T. Mattis in Tampa.
U.S Central Command holds primary responsibility for overseeing coordinated American military efforts through the Middle East and South Asia. As the home of the U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet, Bahrain routinely hosts CENTCOM’s senior leadership and collaborates with them closely on a number of critical matters. I have the utmost respect for General Mattis’s service and I would like to wish him all the best in his future endeavors.
At a time when we confront a number of regional security challenges, it is imperative that the United States and its regional allies work closely to confront them. I was particularly heartened by the kind words General Austin shared about the importance of the GCC in promoting regional peace and cooperation. I wish General Austin all the best in his new post.