WIESBADEN, Germany -- "War is ugly. Until Russia's invasion of Crimea in 2014 and its proxy war in eastern Ukraine, I had forgotten about the violence of war. Russia's actions have provided me and my constituents a wake-up call! Thank you for addressing this threat."

This sentiment was expressed by a member of the Frankfurt City Council to Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, commanding general of U.S. Army Europe during his Strong Europe briefing to 75 prominent representatives from the "American- German Business Club-Frankfurt," July 24.

Hodges actively conducts outreach efforts, coordinated by the command's Host Nation Relations office to a variety of interest groups in Germany from university students, to business groups, to government officials.

"At each setting (Hodges) stresses transparency, the increased threat from a resurgent Russia, and the critical role that Germany plays as our indispensable host nation," said Mike Anderson, director of the Host Nation Relations office.

Following the briefing, Hodges toured what had been the headquarters of Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, the first commander of U.S. forces in Europe.

The former I.G. Farben Building was once the impressive corporate headquarters of one of the world's largest chemical and dye companies.

It later served as the Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Forces headquarters from 1945-1952, and then as the V Corps headquarters from 1952-1995.

For the past ten years the building has served as the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universitaat, Frankfurt.

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