New USAREUR commanding general to assume command

By U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs
March 17, 2011

HEIDELBERG, Germany -- Lt. Gen. Mark P. Hertling, the newly arrived U.S. Army, Europe commanding general, will formally assume command during an assumption of command ceremony next week on Campbell Barracks in Heidelberg.

Hertling is the first three-star general appointed by the U.S. government to lead U.S. Army forces in Europe since 1952.   Lt. Gen. Manton S. Eddy served as the commander from August 1952 until April 1953, when he presided over the transformation from an Army of occupation to one of deterrence.

Hertling's appointment is the first of U.S. Department of Defense military service components based in Europe to meet Sec. Robert M. Gates' aim to generate saving by reducing overhead costs here

Hertling previously served as the first Deputy Commanding General for Initial Military Training, and prior to that served as the Commander of the 1st Armored Division. His biography is available here.

Media representatives who wish to attend this ceremony will be able to observe and film the event. An audio feed and a video feed from several camera angles, in PAL and NTSC format, will be available for media use. Hertling will be available for a brief question and answer press engagement following the ceremony. 

To register, or for more information, call 06221-57-7910 or 06221-57-5502, or email ocpa.pi@eur.army.mil.