Statement | Nov. 19, 2021

Readout from the Combined Forces Commanders’ Conference hosted by Gen. Frank McKenzie in Tampa, Fla., Nov. 19th, 2021


Senior military leaders from European and other allied nations discussed regional security across the Middle East and Central Asia in a U.S. Central Command-hosted conference in Tampa today. The Combined Forces Commanders’ Conference offered the senior military leaders a chance to privately exchange perspectives on issues such as Taliban-controlled Afghanistan, the Iranian Regime’s malign influence and the future of coalition efforts in Iraq and Syria, organizers said.

“The common theme within every conversation – across a myriad of challenges – was clear,” said CENTCOM’s Gen. Frank McKenzie. “We’re most effective in this part of the world when we work together with our allies and partners.” The two-day conference included military commanders from Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain and the United Kingdom. This marks CENTCOM’s third CFC of the year, and the first in-person event since February 2020.