Colorado's military connections run deep; read here about how a Colorado native has taken a high command post in NATO.
SARAJEVO, Bosnia – The North Atlantic Treaty Organization Headquarters Sarajevo (NHQSa) welcomed their new commander, U.S. Army National Guard Brig. Gen. Christopher J. Petty, June 25, 2014, at Camp Butmir. Succeeding U.S. Air Force Reserve Brig. Gen. Merle D. Hart, Petty assumes duties as the 20th Commander and Senior Military Representative of NHQSa. This position has been in place since a NATO-led multinational implementation force was launched in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) to support the Dayton Peace Agreement. Today NHQSa’s primary mission is Defense Reform. In addition, they assist BiH in meeting requirements for the NATO Partnership for Peace (PfP) program and eventually membership in the NATO alliance.
The Transfer of Authority Ceremony was presided over by Admiral Bruce W. Clingan, Commander Allied Joint Force Command Naples, Commander of U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Africa. The passing of the NATO colors by Admiral Clingan from the outgoing commander to the incoming commander symbolizes that the organization is never without leadership.