SECRETARY OF DEFENSE WILLIAM J. PERRY
ON THE RETIREMENT OF GEN. GEORGE A. JOULWAN, USA,
SUPREME ALLIED COMMANDER, EUROPE
I accept General George
Joulwan's decision to retire next spring with great
reluctance but with profound thanks for his outstanding service.
He has commanded the United States European Command and served as
the Supreme Allied Commander, Europe at the most critical time
in their history.
The United States and Europe are both more
secure because of his leadership.
When the United States succeeded in bringing the warring
factions in the former Yugoslavia to negotiations, General
Joulwan led the Implementation Force that stopped the killing in
The IFOR was a unique force: It was NATO's first
operational deployment; it contained American and Russian troops
serving shoulder to shoulder under a U.S. general, and it
contained troops from 16 non-NATO nations.
General Joulwan's 36-year career spanned an era that began
with U.S. forces guarding freedom's frontier on the plains of
Europe and evolved to replacing the Iron Curtain with a wider
security circle that includes NATO's 16 nations and 27 former
foes who are now members of the Partnership for Peace.
Joulwan helped turn the Parternship for Peace program from an
idea into a new security structure.
General Joulwan also helped NATO adapt to the challenges of
a changed world which calls for peacekeeping and humanitarian
missions both inside and outside of Europe.
General Joulwan commanded at every echelon in peace and in
He understood the needs of soldiers and their families,
and worked tirelessly to make military service satisfying and
And he was a good friend.
The Department of Defense
and the nation will miss his dynamic leadership and his wise