A Tradition of Excellence: USAREUR and a new generation of Soldiers

Oct. 12, 2011


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U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs

U.S. Army Europe

Photo credit SSG Brooks Fletcher

U.S. Army Europe Commanding General Lt. Gen. Mark P. Hertling and Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas Capel unveiled the 2011 USAREUR Print, titled “A Tradition of Excellence,” during the First Region and European Department Breakfast at the the Association of the United States Army 2011 Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington, D.C., October 12. The print was created by military artist Jim Ryan.

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Army Europe Commanding General Lt. Gen. Mark P. Hertling, discussed the current state and future of USAREUR, and the new generation of Soldiers in U.S. Army, during the First Region and European Department Breakfast at the the Association of the United States Army 2011 Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington, D.C., Oct. 12.

The breakfast also served as a forum for the unveiling of the 2011 USAREUR print, created by military artist Jim Ryan.

During his remarks, Hertling reflected on when he entered the military and how the youth of today, or “millennials,” that are entering the service now are different then those of the past.

Hertling, a 36- year U.S. Army veteran, said one of the reasons he stayed in is because of “millennials,” Soldiers like Pfc. Travis F. Williams from the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team and Sgt. James Byrnes from the Theater Sustainment Command, USAREUR’s 2011 Soldier and noncommissioned officer of the year.

Hertling added that although the Army may have a rough road ahead, he advised Soldiers to just worry about training, maintaining, being the types of Soldiers the Army has developed over the years, and continuing the legacy, the Army is going to be just fine.

“There have been ups and downs, but the one thing we can always depend on are the people representing us,” said Hertling, pointing at a newly unveiled print, which exemplifies the different generations of the USAREUR. “We are going to be okay. Your Army is going to be okay.”

The USAREUR-dedicated print, titled “A Tradition of Excellence,” highlights fighting forces throughout USAREUR’s history. Ryan’s paintings can be found throughout commands and headquarters in the U.S. Army.


The AUSA 2011 Meeting and Exposition ends today with the George Catlett Marshall Memorial Dinner. For more information, visit www.ausa.org.