U.S. Army Europe presents Outstanding Civilian Service Medal to German Official

By U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs
Sept. 16, 2010

FULDA, Germany -- General Carter F. Ham, commanding general, U.S. Army in Europe, awarded the “Outstanding Civilian Service Medal” to Dr. Walter Arnold (CDP) a member of the Hessen Landtag [state chancellery] and a citizen of Fulda. The award was presented on behalf of Gen Ham by the USAREUR G-3 (Operations), Brig. Gen. Alan Batschelet, during a ceremony at the Hessen State Chancellery in which a number of USAREUR staff officers took part. Dr. Arnold received this high award for his dedication and his extremely successful coordination work for the ongoing USAREUR headquarters move from Heidelberg to Wiesbaden, as well as for planning and establishing new residential accommodations for the American armed forces in Wiesbaden.

The "Outstanding Civilian Service Medal" is one of the highest U.S. Army awards, and is presented to only very few non-American civilians. In his statement, Brig. Gen. Batschelet recognized the exceptional efforts, the dedication and the support given to the move of the American headquarters from Heidelberg to Wiesbaden by Dr. Arnold during in his term of office as the Assistant Secretary at the Hessian Ministry of Finance from 2004 to 2009. In addition, he praised Dr. Arnold for his exemplary contribution to “German-American friendship” and, above all, for his personal friendship with the U.S. Armed Forces in Germany.

Dr. Arnold (CDP) was grateful for the high honor. “Such a high award is a special honor and makes me proud! I am excited to receive this acknowledgment for my special friendship towards the U.S. Armed Forces in Germany."

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