U.S. Army Europe commanding general Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges and key leaders from USAREUR met with Bavarian Minister of the Interior Joachim Herrmann and Rheinland-Pfalz’s Minister-President Malu Dreyer recently in Wiesbaden.
These two separate meetings represent a series of engagements with German state and federal leaders coordinated by the USAREUR European Host Nation Relations Office.
“These type of engagements are vital in our ongoing efforts to enhance trust, facilitate transparency, and strengthen our partnership,” said USAREUR host nation relations advisor Mike Anderson. “Particularly in this time of an increased threat to Europe, information and intelligence sharing with our host nations is essential.”
Hermann, responsible for the 41,000 Police Forces of the State of Bavaria, visited USAREUR headquarters in Wiesbaden, where he met with senior staff members, participated in a Strong Europe update, and toured the Cyber Center.
Following the meeting with Herrmann, Hodges and a team of USAREUR leaders, including USAREUR Chief of Staff and German Army Brig. Gen. Markus Laubenthal, U.S. Forces Liaison Steve Steininger, visited Minister Malu at the Rheinland-Pfalz State Chancellory in Mainz.
Rheinland-Pfalz is the state which is host to the Kaiserslautern Military Community, the largest American community outside of the U.S., Baumholder, Germersheim and Miesau Depots, AAFES Grünstadt Works, Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, and Ramstein and Spangdahlem Air Bases.
Both separate meetings involved discussions of pending and on-going restructuring changes, the current European security situation, and employment updates.