General Alexander MM. Haig, former Chief of Staff in the Nixon White House, took over?
General Alexander MM. Haig, former Chief of Staff in the Nixon White House, took over his new post as Commander-In-Chief of American Forces in Europe in a 20-minute ceremony in Stuttgart, West Germany, on Friday (1 November).
The 49-year-old four-stat General, whose recent rapid promotion over the heads of many more senior professional officers is reported to have caused controversy in some quarters in Washington and in the U.S, Armed Forces, succeeds General Andrew J. Goodpaster, who had held the post for the past five years.
Drawn up on the parade ground for the ceremony at the U.S. European Command Headquarters in Stuttgart, were some fifty officers. Their front row consisted of eight generals and admirals, and an equal number of enlisted men plus a colour guard.
About 300 people, including local West German officials watched the ceremony.
On 15 December in Belgium, General Haig will succeed General Goodpaster in the parallel post of Supreme Commander of NATO Allied Forces in Europe.
Before than he will tour his command area, which takes in American units in Europe[e, the Middle East and Africa.