Your tour of duty in Naples will make you more than an American tourist. You will be a resident of Italy, and as such, a representative of both America and the U.S. military forces. The importance of providing a positive image is obvious. Your responsibility to help provide such an image extends to your daily interactions with your neighbors, shopkeepers and Italians you may encounter on the street. Your job as a diplomat will be made easier if you attempt to learn and understand the language and customs of our host nationals.
Your orders have brought you to one of the world’s most diverse and active communities. At one time or another, you will associate with members of all branches of the American military and also with foreign military colleagues. Often you will perform both U.S. national and international functions.
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was established in 1949. Today there are 26 permanent representatives to the North Atlantic Council: Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. Since the treaty was signed April 4, 1949 in Washington, D. C., the United States has stood by its commitment to its NATO allies. That’s why you are here today.
Joint Force Command
Joint Force Command (JFC) Naples was activated on 15 March 2004, when its predecessor command, Allied Forces Southern Europe (AFSOUTH), was deactivated after nearly 53 years of successful activity in support of peace and stability in and around its designated area of responsibility.
Background: The activation of the new command is a part of NATO’s transformation aimed at adapting the allied military structure to the operational challenges of coalition warfare to face the emerging threats in the new millennium. The new NATO command structure is leaner, more flexible, more efficient, and better able to conduct the full range of Alliance missions. The transition process was set into motion by decisions taken by NATO Heads of State and Government in Prague in 2002, when it was also agreed to create a NATO Response Force (NRF) consisting of a technologically advanced, flexible force including land, sea and air elements ready to move quickly to wherever needed as decided by the North Atlantic Council.