Countdown to 75




Photo courtesy of Walter Elkins.

The U.S. Army has had strong European allies since the German Baron von Steuben, the Polish Gen. Kościuszko, the Hungarian Col. Kovats de Fabricy, and the French marquis de Lafayette, helped us win our first battles in the American Revolutionary War more than 230 years ago.

Today, U.S. Army Europe is uniquely positioned in its 51-country area of responsibility to advance American strategic interests in Europe and Eurasia.

The relationships we build during more than 1,000 theater security cooperation events in more than 40 countries each year lead directly to support for multinational contingency operations around the world, strengthen regional partnerships and enhance global security.

We highlighted #StrongEurope’s history for nearly four months as we counted down to our 75th birthday.

You can also follow along with the celebration on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter with #75Strong.


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Countdown to 75: Birthday Shout Out Videos

Check out our collection of birthday shout out videos on YouTube.
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Countdown to 75: US Army Europe celebrates 75 years of Strong Europe

This year we celebrate not only the 242nd birthday of our Army, but the 75th birthday of U.S. Army Europe.
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Countdown to 75: US Army Europe throughout history

Check out U.S. Army Europe's YouTube for a playlist of videos of the command throughout history.
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Countdown to 75: US Army Europe and Bosnia-Herzegovina

Bosnia-Herzegovina was the scene for the most violent armed conflict in Europe since World War II. The collapse of the Berlin Wall in 1989 marked the end of the Soviet Empire and its forcible control of Eastern Europe.
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Countdown to 75: the Cold War takes a new turn

In 1953, the Cold War took a new turn. The year brought three important changes that would each have a direct impact on American military forces in Europe.
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Countdown to 75: US Army Europe and post-Cold War

On November 9, 1989, crowds of elated Berliners surged back and forth through ever-enlarging holes in the wall that for so long had divided their city. Similar, albeit smaller, demonstrations also occurred all along the border separating the former East Germany from the West.
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Countdown to 75: Army Europe's uniform patch

How much do you know about U.S. Army Europe's shoulder sleeve insignia?
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Countdown to 75: Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta

A Soldier who bounded forward to recover wounded during an ambush in Afghanistan was the Army's first living Medal of Honor recipient since the Vietnam conflict.
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Countdown to 75: A look back on Grafenwoehr Training Area's history

On June 30, 1910, Soldiers from the 2nd Royal Bavarian Foot Artillery Regiment fired the first round on the Grafenwoehr Training Area. It fell 800 meters short of its target. Today, the Grafenwoehr Training Area is the U.S. Army's largest and most sophisticated permanent training area in Europe.
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Countdown to 75: Operation Atlantic Resolve

Operation Atlantic Resolve is a demonstration of continued U.S. commitment to collective security through a series of actions designed to reassure NATO allies and partners of America's dedication to enduring peace and stability in the region in light of the Russian intervention in Ukraine.
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Countdown to 75: US Army Europe and Operations Enduring, Iraqi Freedom

Following the September 2001 attacks, U.S. Army Europe became a logistics hub for operations in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility.
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Countdown to 75: US Army Europe and REFORGER

The first redeployment of forces from Germany took place in 1968, with the removal of about 28,000 military personnel from Germany.
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Countdown to 75: US Army Europe supports Desert Storm

The dramatic events of the late 1980s -- the tearing down of the Berlin Wall, German reunification, and the collapse of the Soviet Union -- combined to change U.S. Army Europe again.
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Countdown to 75: US Army in Kosovo

The Army's mission in Kosovo was significantly different from the warfighting customarily associated with military service, but it was no less important and no less dangerous.
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Countdown to 75: US Army Europe's beginnings

On June 8, 1942 the War Department officially established the European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, or ETOUSA (not to be confused with the joint U.S. European Command of today). Its mission was to conduct planning for the eventual retaking of Europe and to exercise operational control over U.S. forces.
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