WIESBADEN, Germany -- "No one wants peace more than a Soldier," Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, U.S. Army Europe commanding general said as he addressed members, researchers and university students affiliated with the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt, Oct. 24.

The visit was jointly organized by U.S. Army Europe Host Nation Relations and the U.S. Consulate in Frankfurt in order to provide community leaders a better understanding of U.S. Army Europe's mission, demonstrate transparency and strengthen community relations.

Both Consul General James Herman and Hodges answered questions from professors and students for more than 90 minutes, ranging from the situation in Turkey and the investment needs of the Bundeswehr, to North Korea and the illegal Russian annexation of Crimea.

Hodges closed the visit with words from the 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy.

"In a world of danger and trials, peace is our deepest aspiration," Hodges quoted. "But it is an unfortunate fact that we can secure peace only by preparing for war."