JOINT FORCE NAPLES COMMANDER GREETS KFOR SERVICE MEMBERS
PRISTINA, Kosovo - Allied Joint Force Naples Commander, U.S. Navy
Admiral Mark Ferguson, and his successor, U.S. Navy Admiral Michelle
Howard, visited to Kosovo Force (KFOR) Headquarters and were welcomed by
KFOR Commander, Italian Army Major General Guglielmo Luigi Miglietta.
Admiral Ferguson and Admiral Howard were briefed by the KFOR commander
and the international HQ staff on the latest development in the current security
and political situation in Kosovo as well as the wider Balkans region.
After the briefing, Admiral Ferguson greeted KFOR service members and he
emphasized the importance of KFOR in the delicate and complex context of the
Balkans and the need to continue to accomplish the mission promoting progress
in the region.
At a subsequent ceremony Admiral Ferguson’s flag from his tenure as
Commander JFC was lowered and that of his successor raised. Admiral
Ferguson inspected a Guard of Honor drawn from the various contingents
serving with KFOR. Also in attendance were the Senior Staff Officers and
Branch Heads of KFOR HQ in addition to Senior National Representatives
(SNRs). Admiral Ferguson was presented with his Command Flag in addition
to a KFOR flag to mark the occasion and as a memento of his tenure as JFC
During the visit, these high ranking officers had the opportunity to fly over the
Northern area and to visit the Austerlitz Bridge in Mitrovica. Admiral Ferguson
and Admiral Howard also visited the proposed Rotary Wing Deployed
Operational Base (RWDOB) adjacent to Pristina airport to view ongoing works
The visit of Admiral Ferguson allowed an introduction of his successor, U.S.
Navy Admiral Michelle Howard, as the incoming JFC Naples Commander.
The ceremony of the change of JFC Naples Commander will take place in
Naples on June 7, 2016.