The annual Eurasia Partnership Senior Noncommissioned Officer (EP SNCO) Leader Development Symposium offers NATO member and partner-nation SNCOs an opportunity to assemble and discuss perspectives, techniques, and programs used to address common challenges military leaders face. This past September, 30 SNCOs representing 11 nations—Albania, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Finland, Georgia, Montenegro, Norway, Romania, Sweden, Ukraine, and the United States—attended.
Each country was sponsored by a department on the U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa staff or a local command. Sponsors received their guests as they arrived in Naples, Italy, and attended all functions to assist with any questions or concerns. Marking its fifth year in 2017, the symposium has allowed attendees to develop and cultivate relationships. Several members have attended for multiple years and look forward to the continued growth in relations among participating nations.