WIESBADEN, Germany - 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.

These two separate meetings represent a series 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 nations 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 German federal state which is host to the Kaiserslautern Military Community, the largest American community outside of the United States, Baumholder, Germersheim and Miesau Depots, AAFES Gr├╝nstadt Works, Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, and both Ramstein and Spangdahlem Air Bases.

Both separate meetings involved discussions of topics of interest such as pending and on-going stationing and restructuring changes, the current European security situation, and employment updates.

According to Anderson, the meeting with both are part of Hodges' campaign to build and maintain partnerships, to reinforce transparency and trust, and enhance politico-military relationships across Germany.

"We continue to outreach at all levels in Germany; at the federal level, among the states and at the city or local level," Anderson said.