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Peach named as NATO Chairman of Military Committee
DB News: 18/09/2017 - 10:08
Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, UK Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), has been elected as the new NATO Chairman of the Military Committee.
It is expected that CDS will take over the role in June 2018.
Peach, who has been in the role of CDS since July 2016, becomes the first Briton to hold the post for 25 years having been elected by other NATO Chiefs of Defence.
Peach said: “It is a huge honour to have been chosen to be the next Chairman of the Military Committee, one of the most important positions in NATO, central to European security.
“I am excited to take on this next challenge at such an important time for NATO, at a time when the alliance must modernise to face new and ever adapting threats. Having spent the last year in the hugely rewarding position as Head of the UK’s Armed Forces, I know I am ready to take on this challenge.”
Defence Secretary Michael Fallon added: “I would like to congratulate Chief of the Defence Staff Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, who has deservedly been appointed as the next Chairman of NATO’s Military Committee. Sir Stuart has been an exceptional Chief of Defence Staff, unwavering in his dedication and commitment to the UK’s Armed Forces. NATO is vital to Britain’s security at a time of increasing threats across the globe. This appointment underlines our leadership role in NATO and I know Sir Stuart will relish these new challenges.”