US SOCEUR to Locate SOF Forward Headquarters in Albania
U.S. Special Operations Command Europe (SOCEUR) is in the process of establishing a forward-based Special Operations Forces (SOF) Headquarters (HQ) in Albania.
The latest move is part of an ongoing effort to improve SOF capabilities as a cornerstone of stability in the region.
The Forward HQ location, which will operate on a rotational basis, will allow for increased interoperability with Albanian SOCEUR partners and provide key access to transport hubs in the Balkan region.
It will also offer greater logistical flexibility.
According to the United States European Command (EUCOM), the location reduces travel times and increases the flexibility of special operations and conventional forces in the region.
Major General David H Tabor, Commander Special Operations Command Europe, said: “The ability to move and train quickly in the Balkans, in close coordination with other allied and partner forces, has made of Albania the best place for this effort.
“Albania remains an important NATO ally and valued security partner, both regionally and globally.”
SOCEUR plays a key role in showcasing US engagement with EUCOM allies and partners in the Balkans.
This effort is being carried out with the full support of the Albanian government and the country’s military.
Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama was quoted by media sources as saying the decision was “fantastic news” that confirms “Albania’s credibility” as a partner of the United States and NATO.
Albania has been a member of NATO since 2009.
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