United States M1 Abraham tanks during Trident Juncture

NATO Set To Confirm New Supreme Allied Commander Europe

United States M1 Abraham tanks during Trident Juncture

The US was one of 31 nations which took part in Exercise Trident Juncture last year (Picture: US Department of Defense).

NATO is set to appoint a senior officer in the US Air Force as Supreme Allied Commander Europe.

General Tod D Walters' nomination has been approved by the alliance and he is expected to begin the new role later this year.

Gen Wolters currently serves as Commander, United States Air Forces Europe, Commander, United States Air Forces Africa, Commander, Allied Air Command and Director, Joint Air Power Competence Centre.

He will succeed the US Army's General Curtis M Scaparrotti in the role following a change of command ceremony at the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe in Mons, Belgium.

General Tod D Walters
General Wolters has been in the military for more than three decades (Picture: NATO).

It was revealed last week that out of the alliance members, the US spends the largest proportion of its GDP on defence and is one of seven countries which met or exceeded the alliance's target of 2% GDP in 2018, according to NATO estimates.

The UK featured inside the top three, behind Greece.