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FACTSHEET | May 6, 2018

Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE)

Mons, Belgium

The NATO Headquarters, in Brussels, Belgium, is the political headquarters of the Alliance and the permanent home of the North Atlantic Council, NATO's senior political decision-making body.

At the strategic level, the NATO Command Structure (NCS) encompasses two Commands – Allied Command Operations (ACO) responsible for planning and execution of all NATO operations and Allied Command Transformation (ACT) responsible for NATO's transformation.

Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) located in Mons, Belgium, is the strategic level headquarters of ACO and commanded by Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR). SACEUR assumes the overall command of operations at the strategic level and exercises his responsibilities from SHAPE. He issues strategic military direction to the subordinate commanders. SACEUR is responsible for the preparation and conduct of all Alliance military operations, including routine operational activities and other non-operational tasks in accordance with the division of responsibilities between both SCs.


To prepare for, plan and conduct military operations in order to meet Alliance political objectives.


Allied Command Operations (ACO) will be a top-quality command responsible for the planning and execution of combined, joint, effects-based operations.

USANATO Support Unit:

Bravo Company, AFNORTH BN

Unit 21420

APO AE 09705-1420


DSN: 314-423-3765



Supporting Garrison:

US Army Garrison (USAG) Benelux [External Link]

NATO Organizations:

Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe [External Link]


SHAPE Welcome Guide:

SHAPE Welcome Guide