On Wednesday, the students visited the military side of NATO: Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE).
Along the way we passed the historic Waterloo battlefield.
The headquarters was originally in Paris, but when France withdrew from NATO unified command in 1966, the headquarters moved Mons, Belgium, where it remains today. We were hosted by two excellent officers: Lt. Colonel Claus Richter (Germany, middle of photo) and Lt. Colonel Miroslaw Ochyra (Poland, right side of photo). The students also heard from Commander Krasimir Kiranov of the Bulgarian Navy (left side of photo). The students had a very rich experience, with briefings from a range of officers on a number of aspects on the military side of NATO. As usual in these types of situations, we cannot provide any further details on what the officers discussed.
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