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

Oct. 18, 2012

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

U.S. Army Europe photo.
Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling presents the Legion of Merit medal to the Danish Army Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Agner Rokos Oct. 17.

WIESBADEN, Germany -- U.S. Army Europe Commander Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling presented the Legion of Merit medal to Danish Army Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Agner Rokos at the Conference of European Armies here Oct. 17.

Rokos was honored for his many contributions in support of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and in shaping the Danish Army’s role in Afghanistan.  His consistent commitment helped increase Denmark’s role in supporting security and stability operations within the region. 

The Danish Army Chief of Staff conceived and introduced Denmark’s Helmand plan, which assisted in shaping the focus of the Danish Army’s International Security Assistance Force efforts.

Hertling was at the Conference of European Armies in Wiesbaden when he presented the medal. The conference assembles military leaders from partner nations to discuss the future of security cooperation and potential future challenges.

U.S. Army Europe has presented Legion of Merit medals 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 multinational engagement , theater security cooperation, and force interoperability.

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