Erroneous media report causes confusion

Sept. 17, 2013

By U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs


WIESBADEN, Germany – Following last week's telephonic press conference with Lt. Gen Donald Campbell, the Commanding General of U.S. Army Europe, an erroneous online media report caused some confusion amongst some of the United States' European allies. 

Campbell provided responses to a wide range of questions during a telephonic press conference with U.S. bloggers. A resulting article by military.com contained errors, the most significant in conclusions about activities in Bulgaria and Romania. Media in these countries repeated the article as factual causing the US Embassy in Bucharest to issue a clarification

The article erroneously claimed the U.S. Army was "shelving plans" for these locations.

"There has never been a plan to permanently garrison U.S. Army troops in Bulgaria or Romania. The U.S. Army Europe administrates and funds facilities in these countries and others for use by U.S. military with multinational forces for training, exercises and other capabilities," said Col. Rumi Nielson-Green, Chief of U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs. "There is no change in this commitment." 

"We notified the reporter of his mistakes on September 16th. At the time of this writing, corrections have not been made. Consequently, we are compelled to correct the record ourselves because the error continues to be repeated in media," Nielson-Green said.

For a complete copy of the transcript of the telephonic press conference, please visit http://www.eur.army.mil/leaders/cg/Transcript_OSDBloggersRoundTable_20130913.pdf.


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