NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - A French general is set to make history today as he takes command of NATO's only strategic command in North America.
He'll be the first non-American officer in the alliance's 60-year history to permanently fill a command post.
Gen. Stephane Abrial will be one of NATO's two supreme allied commanders. The posts are traditionally filled by four-star U.S. generals. Abrial succeeds U.S. Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis at NATO's Allied Common Transformation in Norfolk, Va.
The historic change-of-command ceremony is scheduled aboard the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower. NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen is scheduled to speak.