Carter Presides Over Eucom Command Change in Stuttgart, Germany

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • Retiring U.S. Navy Adm. James G. Stavridis has a final meeting in his office with U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter shortly before the U.S. European Command change-of-command ceremony on Patch Barracks in Stuttgart, Germany, May 10, 2013. During the ceremony, U.S. Air Force Gen. Philip M. Breedlove assumed command. DOD photo by Glenn Fawcett
  • U.S. Navy Adm. James G. Stavridis shows U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter the wall of portraits of previous U.S. European Command commanders outside his office, shortly before the change-of-command ceremony in which U.S. Air Force Gen. Philip M. Breedlove assumed command on Patch Barracks in Stuttgart, Germany, May 10, 2013.  DOD photo by Glenn Fawcett
  • From left to right: U.S. Air Force Gen. Philip M. Breedlove; U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter; Breedlove's wife, Cindy; Laura Stavridis, wife of U.S. Navy Adm. James G. Stavridis; and Stavridis receive a briefing shortly before the U.S. European Command change-of-command ceremony on Patch Barracks in Stuttgart, Germany, May 10, 2013. During the ceremony, Breedlove, incoming commander, assumed command from Stravidis. DOD photo by Glenn Fawcett
  • U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter arrives to preside over the U.S. European Command change-of-command ceremony on Patch Barracks in Stuttgart, Germany, May 10, 2013.  DOD photo by Glenn Fawcett
  • U.S. Navy Adm. James G. Stavridis, outgoing commander of U.S. European Command, salutes as he arrives for the change-of-command ceremony during which U.S. Air Force Gen. Philip M. Breedlove assumed command on Patch Barracks in Stuttgart Germany, May 10, 2013.  DOD photo by Glenn Fawcett
  • U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter, left, places his hand over his heart as U.S. Navy Adm. James G. Stavridis, center, and U.S. Air Force Gen. Philip M. Breedlove salute the colors at the start of the U.S. European Command change-of-command ceremony on Patch Barracks in Stuttgart, Germany, May 10, 2013.  DOD photo by Glenn Fawcett
  • U.S. Navy Adm. James G. Stavridis introduces U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter during the U.S. European Command change-of-command ceremony on Patch Barracks in Stuttgart, Germany, May 10, 2013. Stravidis relinquished command to U.S. Air Force Gen. Philip M. Breedlove. DOD photo by Glenn Fawcett
  • U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter makes remarks during the ceremony in which U.S. Air Force Gen. Philip M. Breedlove succeeded U.S. Navy Adm. James G. Stavridis as commander of U.S. European Command on Patch Barracks in Stuttgart, Germany, May 10, 2013.   DOD photo by Glenn Fawcett
  • U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter, left, applauds as U.S. Air Force Gen. Philip M. Breedlove, center, becomes the new commander of U.S. European Command during a change-of-command ceremony on Patch Barracks in Stuttgart, Germany, May 10, 2013. He succeeds U.S. Navy Adm. James G. Stavridis, who is retiring. DOD photo by Glenn Fawcett
  • U.S. Air Force Gen. Philip M. Breedlove makes remarks during the change-of-command ceremony in which he succeeded U.S. Navy Adm. James G. Stavridis as commander of U.S. European Command on Patch Barracks in Stuttgart, Germany, May 10, 2013.  DOD photo by Glenn Fawcett
  • Cindy Breedlove, second from right, smiles as her husband, U.S. Air Force Gen. Philip M. Breedlove, acknowledges her during the U.S. European Command change-of-command ceremony on Patchwork Barracks in Stuttgart, Germany, May 10, 2013. Breedlove, not pictured, assumed command during the ceremony. DOD photo by Glenn Fawcett
  • U.S. Navy Adm. James G. Stavridis, left, and U.S. Air Force Gen. Philip M. Breedlove, new commander of U.S. European command, salute each other on Patch Barracks, in Stuttgart, Germany, May 10, 2013.  DOD photo by Glenn Fawcett
  • U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter presents a certificate of appreciation from President Barack Obama to U.S. Navy. James G. Stavridis, who passed command of U.S. European Command to U.S. Air Force Gen. Philip M. Breedlove on Patch Barracks in Stuttgart, Germany, May 10, 2013.  DOD photo by Glenn Fawcett
  • Laura Stavridis, wife of  U.S. Navy Adm. James G. Stavridis, receives flowers during the change-of-command ceremony in which U.S. Air Force Gen. Phllip M. Breedlove succeeds the retiring Stavridis as commander of U.S. European Command at Patch Barracks in Stuttgart, Germany, May 10, 2013.   DOD photo by Glenn Fawcett
  • U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter congratulates retiring U.S. Navy Adm. James G. Stavridis during the U.S. European Command change-of-command ceremony in which U.S. Air Force Gen. Philip M. Breedlove assumed command on Patch Barracks in Stuttgart, Germany, May 10, 2013.  DOD photo by Glenn Fawcett
  • U.S. Navy Adm. James G. Stavridis delivers remarks during the U.S. European Command change-of-command ceremony in which he relinquished command to U.S. Air Force Gen. Philip M. Breedlove on Patch Barracks in Stuttgart, Germany, May 10, 2013.  DOD photo by Glenn Fawcett
  • U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter receives a salute from retiring U.S. Navy Adm. James G. Stavridis during the U.S. European Command change-of-command ceremony at Patch Barracks in Stuttgart, Germany, May 10, 2013. U.S. Air Force Gen. Philip M. Breedlove assumed command during the event. DOD photo by Glenn Fawcett
  • U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter converses with Laura Stavridis, wife of U.S. Navy Adm. James G. Stavridis, outgoing commander of U.S. European Command, as they walk to the parade field to participate in the change-of-command ceremony on Patch Barracks in Stuttgart, Germany, May 10, 2013. DOD photo by Glenn Fawcett
  • Members of the color guard stand at attention on the parade field during the U.S. European Command change-of-command ceremony as U.S. Air Force Gen. Philip M. Breedlove assumes command from U.S. Navy Adm. James G. Stavridis on Patch Barracks in Stuttgart, Germany, May 10, 2013.  DOD photo by Glenn Fawcett
  • U.S. Navy Adm. James G. Stavridis applauds his successor, U.S. Air Force Gen. Philip M. Breedlove, as he takes charge of U.S. European Command during the change-of-command ceremony on Patch Barracks in Stuttgart, Germany, May 10, 2013.  DOD photo by Glenn Fawcett
  • U.S. troops render their first salute to U.S. Air Force Gen. Philip M. Breedlove, new commander of U.S. European Command, during a change-of-command ceremony at Patch Barracks in Stuttgart, Germany, May 10, 2013. Breedlove assumed command from U.S. Navy Adm. James G. Stavridis. DOD photo by Glenn Fawcett
  • U.S. Air Force Gen. Philip M. Breedlove, the incoming commander of U.S. European Command, salutes the color guard as he and his wife, Cindy, leave the change-of-command ceremony on Patch Barracks in Stuttgart, Germany, May 10, 2013. Breedlove assumed command from U.S. Navy Adm. James G. Stavridis.  DOD photo by Glenn Fawcett
  • U.S. Navy Adm. James G. Stavridis and his wife, Laura, depart after the change-of-command ceremony in which he relinquished command of U.S. European Command to U.S. Air Force Gen. Philip M. Breedlove at Patch Barracks in Stuttgart, Germany, May 10, 2013.  DOD photo by Glenn Fawcett
  • U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter departs after presiding over the U.S. European Command change-of-command ceremony on Patch Barracks in Stuttgart, Germany, May 10, 2013.  DOD photo by Glenn Fawcett
  • U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter presents coins to sailors who acted as sideboys during the U.S. Navy Adm. James G. Stavridis' traditional "piping ashore" ceremony, which symbolized the completion of his naval career upon his retirement. Stavridis turned over leadership of the U.S. European Command during a change-of-command ceremony in which U.S. Air Force Gen. Philip M. Breedlove assumed command on Patch Barracks in Stuttgart, Germany, May 10, 2013. DOD photo by Glenn Fawcett
  • U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter meets with U.S. Navy Vice Adm. Joe Leidig, U.S. Africa Command's deputy commander for military operations, following the U.S. European Command change-of-command ceremony on Patch Barracks in Stuttgart, Germany, May 10, 2013. DOD photo by Glenn Fawcett
  • U.S. Navy Vice Adm. Joe Leidig, U.S. Africa Command's deputy commander for military operations, welcomes U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter to command headquarters on Patch Barracks in Stuttgart, Germany, May 10, 2013. DOD photo by Glenn Fawcett