West German General Named Commander Of NATO Mobile Force
CASTEAU, Belgium (AP) _ A West German army general has been named commander of NATO’s Allied Command Europe Mobile Force, NATO announced Monday.
Brig. Gen. Peter Heinrich Carstens will replace Italian Maj. Gen. Franco Angioni on Jan. 1 and assume the rank of major general, NATO’s Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe said.
The Allied Command Europe Mobile Force, based at Heidelberg, West Germany, was formed in 1960. The unit of land and air forces from several NATO nations is designed to deploy quickly at the first sign of hositilities and to act as a deterrent force by showing NATO’s resolve and unity.
Carstens, 51, is now based in Cologne where he is West Germany’s assistant chief of staff in charge of training. He will be the first German general to command the Mobile Force.