Commander of the Royal Netherlands Army visits U.S. Army Europe

July 3, 2012

By Sgt. Robert Pierson, U.S. Army Europe

Keeping heroes active
Lt. Gen. Mart de Kruif Royal Netherlands Army Commander, discusses the future of Netherlands and US Armies with Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling, US Army Europe Commander during a visit to Heidelberg, Germany July 2.U.S. Army photo by Robert Pierson.

HEIDELBERG, Germany -- The Royal Netherlands Commander, Lt. Gen. Mart de Kruif, and key staff toured United States Army Europe Headquarters and U.S. and allied training areas in Germany July 2-3.

The Army commander first traveled to Heidelberg to meet with the USAREUR Commanding General, Lt. Gen. Mark P. Hertling, to discuss valuable joint training and exchange opportunities between the two militaries. Kruif received a command briefing on the USAREUR mission and current exercises and operations around the globe.

The delegation then traveled to Grafenwoehr to tour the Joint Multinational Training Center (JMTC), one of three major training centers for the US Army and the main international location for the U.S. to train with partners.

The Netherland general met with JMTC Commander, Col. Bryan Rudacille, and received command briefing on the overall mission and capability of the training center. Following the briefing, Kruif observed various training events and participated in hands-on simulations systems, preparing both U.S. and partnering Armies for future conflicts. 

Hertling visited the Netherlands twice in the last year, meeting with senior civilian and military leaders in order to strengthen the U.S./Netherlands military-to-military partnership.

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