Registration open for free 2012 Geo-political training seminars

Jan. 24, 2012

By U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs

HEIDELBERG, Germany -- In the last decade, the Army has reinforced that cultural awareness is a vital key to building partnerships. Learning about economics, history, politics and social issues here in Europe has helped the Army improve theater security cooperation.

Each year U.S. Army Europe sponsors a series of five-day geo-political training seminars at Haus Rissen, an international institute for economics and politics. Located in Hamburg, the institute provides civic education about democracies and social market economies.

USAREUR Public Affairs funds the per diem including seminar fees, lodging and meals. Sending organizations only need to fund travel and residual per diem for travel days.

Officers, noncommissioned officers, and U.S. and local national civilian employees with at least one year of service remaining in the U.S. Army in Europe are eligible to attend the seminars. Spouses of the attendees can also participate in the seminars at their own expense.

Six seminars are annually scheduled to provide participants the opportunity to discuss German and European geopolitical issues in a combined U.S. and German Armed Forces setting.

Evaluation forms from attendees described the event as an excellent seminar for building personal and professional development and gaining a better understanding of the bilateral relationship between the U.S. and Germany.

The instructors explained how the EU has the challenging task of passing laws that apply to all of its members without taking away the rights of the sovereign nations to exercise self-governance, like the Greek debt crisis, said Sgt. 1st Class Brandon Sterner, a human intelligence observer controller with the Joint Multinational Readiness Center.

Jim Cave, an U.S. European Command operations plans specialist said other topics discussed at the seminar were German foreign policy, history, national security and the roles of NATO and the United Nations in the modern world.

“If you want to learn more about a good solid ally and some of the unique nuances of how to make German and American relationships better, [the geo-political training seminar] is an excellent forum,” Cave said.

Personnel can register for the seminars by visiting the USAREUR geo-political seminar webpage.

About us: U.S. Army Europe is uniquely positioned to advance American strategic interests across Eurasia and has unparalleled capability to prevent conflict, shape the environment and, if necessary, win decisively. The relationships we build during more than 1000 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.