U.S. Central Command Coalition at MacDill Air Force Base has a new sheriff in town.
Centcom’s senior national military representatives elected Danish Brig. Gen. Frank Lissner to succeed Swedish Rear Adm. Mats Fogelmark as chairman of the Coalition on Wednesday, according to the 6th Air Mobility Wing’s website.
Lissner, a 38-year veteran of the Danish Army, came to the coalition last August, having recently served as commander of the Territorial Defense Region - Zeeland. As chairman of the coalition, Lissner is responsible for addressing all matters regarding the senior national representatives to the correct departments within Centcom, according to the website.
“I look forward to working with military from other countries,” Lissner told the website. “One of my goals is to ensure the coalition remains relevant post Operation Enduring Freedom and continue to enhance the relationship between countries represented here.”
If you think Tampa is hot, Fogelmark’s next gig may be even hotter.
A few months ago, he told me that he was headed to Beijing.
“I am going to be the defense attache in China and North Korea,” Fogelmark told me. “It will be very interesting.”
Sweden was the first country to establish an embassy in North Korea, in 1972, said Fogelmark.
“I really hope to meet the leader,” he said of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.
For Fogelmark and his wife Annette, Tampa has been “easy living.
“We are a little bit beach people,” he said. “We rent a house in Belleair Beach.”
For eight months, the couple’s daughter, Malin, also lived here, but she has since headed back to Stockholm, where she will join the Swedish military.
“This is my first visit to the United States,” he said. “I can’t compare it to any other place in the U.S., but in my role as chairman, I have met so many nice people outside the gates who have support for the armed forces. They also thank me for my service.”