Wednesday June 20, 2012
What is it?
U.S. Army Europe (USAREUR)Strong Week is a seven-day period between the anniversary of the U.S. Army's arrival in Europe, on June 8th, culminating in the celebration of the Army's Birthday on June 14th. The days between these two celebrations contained the kinds of training, deployments and activities that demonstrate the transformation of the Army in Europe and provide opportunities to tell the Army story to our public and to our allies and partners. Activities such as home-station training across Europe, to strengthening partnerships through multinational training exercises, to welcoming home one brigade and deploying another demonstrate the strategic access and relationships that 70 years of the Army's presence in Europe has created as America's strategic forward enabler.
What has the Army done?
On June 14th, U.S. Army Europe held a major community activity that drew host-nation officials and media alike. The naming of what many in the Army who have served in Germany remember as "Wiesbaden Army Airfield" to its new name "Clay Kaserne," in honor of Gen. Lucius Clay " the Father of the Berlin Airlift- is a means to honor a great Army leader while connecting to the host-nation. In addition to this naming event, the U.S. Army Europe's new Mission Command Center became the General John Shalikashvili Center while a new housing area on the post was named for Colonel James Newman, the Military Administrator instrumental in establishing democracy in post-war Germany.
These commemorations serve as reminders of the transformation of the Army in Europe from one that liberated in World War II to one that defended during the Cold War to one that works with allies and partners to shape the international environment today. USAREUR heavily promoted the exercises and activities during the week resulting in wide-spread coverage of the U.S. Army in host-nations, foreign, domestic and social media.
What continued efforts are planned in the future?
U.S. Army Europe will continue to conduct events and operations like the ones highlighted during USAREUR Strong Week year round and throughout its 51 country area of responsibility ensuring our Soldiers are ready to meet our nation's security needs in this complex, dynamic and uncertain global environment along-side our most stalwart allies and partners.
Why is this important to the Army?
USAREUR Strong Week is important to the Army because it is an opportunity to tell the Army story and continue to connect to the American public while strengthening our ties in Europe.
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