U.S. Ambassador to Germany tours Grafenwoehr Training Area
November 12, 2013
GRAFENWOEHR, Germany -- The new U.S. Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany, the Honorable John B. Emerson, toured the facilities of the 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command, here, Nov. 8.
The ambassador, accompanied by his wife, Kimberly Emerson, and a small group of U.S. consular officials, visited JMTC to meet with local mayors, JMTC leadership as well as U.S., NATO and multinational partner Soldiers training at the Grafenwoehr and Hohenfels training areas in the Bavarian Oberpfalz region of Germany.
"I really enjoyed visiting these state-of-the-art military training facilities, which are the biggest and most modern the U.S. Army has in the world outside the United States," said Ambassador Emerson.
"It was especially great seeing firsthand the realistic and valuable training that JMTC provides to tens of thousands of NATO and partner Soldiers each year in preparation for deployments to Afghanistan and elsewhere.
"I also appreciated talking to local Bavarian mayors and officials and having the opportunity to thank them and the Bavarian people, especially those here in Oberpfalz, for being such wonderful hosts of American forces and their families for more than 65 years," said the ambassador. "We really value our partnership and relationship with the German people."
Prior to his departure, Emerson met with a delegation of local German politicians and regional representatives and spoke with them about the 7th Army JMTC's relationships with the surrounding communities, as well as JMTC's long history of environmental protection and stewardship of its training lands within Germany.
The 7th Army JMTC is the largest training command outside the continental United States, providing realistic and relevant training to U.S. Army, joint service, NATO and allied units, and is a regular venue for some of the largest training exercises for U.S. and European forces.