U.S. Army Europe Commander presents Legion of Merit to Norwegian Army Chief of Staff

Oct. 4, 2012

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


  • U.S. Army Europe Commander presents Legion of Merit to Norwegian Army Chief of Staff

    Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling presents the Legion of Merit to the Norwegian Army Chief of Staff, Maj. Gen. Per Sverre Opedal at the Norway Army Summit on Oct. 3 in Olso.

  • U.S. Army Europe Commander presents Legion of Merit to Norwegian Army Chief of Staff

    Hertling was in Oslo speaking at the Norwegian Army Summit where he discussed strategic trends and developments in the European security environment, as well as ways in which land forces can come together to address future challenges.

Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling presented the Legion of Merit to Norwegian Army Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Per Sverre Opedal at the Norway Army Summit Oct. 3 in Olso.

Opedal is being honored for his many contributions to Norway’s defense and international security mission. He has been a champion of cooperation between the Norwegian and United States Armies, as well as furthered commitment with the International Security Assistance Force.

The Norwegian Chief of Staff’s leadership has guided the Army through a period of transformation. The Norwegian force is now more interoperable and capable to face the threats and challenges of the future. Opedal was instrumental in making Norway a consistent troop contributor in Afghanistan and in shaping the Norwegian Army into a highly regarded and reliable force in the Faryab Province.

Hertling was in Oslo speaking at the Norwegian Army Summit where he discussed strategic trends and developments in the European security environment, as well as ways in which land forces can come together to address future challenges.

U.S. Army Europe has presented LOM’s 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.


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