Legion of Merit presented to German Chief of Staff
Sept. 11, 2012
By Sgt. Robert Pierson, U.S. Army Europe
U.S. Army Europe Commanding General Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling presented the Legion of Merit to German Army Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Werner Freers during a visit to Berlin Sept. 11.
“Thank you, I couldn’t be more grateful for this honor and the relationship the German and US Army has built over the past decades," said Freers at a ceremony held during the German Chief of Staff’s Change of Command.
The award honors the contributions that Freers has made to military cooperation and international security while serving as the German Army’s Chief of Staff. He was instrumental in Germany’s role with in North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan. His dynamic structural and institutional changes created a more expeditionary force that enhanced Germany’s role in Coalition and Alliance efforts. Further, Freers brought lasting impacts between the United States and Germany through his contributions to military cooperation, mission preparedness exercises and training, and bilateral staff talks.
In discussions with Freers and the incoming Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. Bruno Kasdorf, the USAREUR Commander reaffirmed the continued strong relationship between the United States’ and Germany’s militaries. Hertling also said he looked forward to working with Kasdorf during this critical transition period of German forces.
Additionally, the USAREUR Commander attended the Berlin Air Show and a reception with the U.S. Ambassador to Germany to further US and host-nation relations.
US Army Europe has presented LOMs to deserving leaders across its area of responsibility to salute their dedication to creating bonds between the European countries and the United States that further multination engagement, theater security cooperation strategy, and force interoperability.