U.S. Army Europe commander visits Russia

September 26, 2012

By U.S. Army Europe

U.S. Army Europe commander Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling (second from right) joins the commandant of the Russian Ground Forces Combined Arms Academy, Gen. Maj. Aleksey Samolkin, for a visit to the academy. (U.S. Army photo)

HEIDELBERG, Germany -- U.S. Army Europe commander Lt. Gen. Mark P. Hertling traveled to Russia to meet with military and diplomatic leaders to reinvigorate the U.S.-Russia ground forces relationship and further U.S. military commitment to security in the region.

Hertling first met with the Director for International Military Cooperation, Sergey Koshelev, at the Russian Ministry of Defense to discuss partnering opportunities and furthering the military-to-military relationship.

The general later met with soldiers of the Russian Ground Forces Combined Arms Academy, where he delivered a presentation to field-grade officers from various combat branches. Discussion focused on professional development, combat experience and future security threats. He highlighted the need for shared responses to shared threats as the basis for U.S.-Russian security cooperation.

“What we do have in common is that we face and will continue to face a wide spectrum of challenges that demand our closer cooperation on common threats, such as illicit trafficking and transnational terrorism,” Hertling said.

Hertling also emphasized the need for training that prepares U.S. and coalition forces for a broad spectrum of potential post-Afghanistan missions.

Following the talk with students, the academy’s commandant, Gen. Maj. Aleksey Samolkin, led the USAREUR commander on a tour of the academy and presented a brief overview of the professional military education system.

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