Hungarian Chief of Defence Gen. Tibor Benko (right) and U.S. Army Europe commander Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling

U.S. Army photo by Capt. Audrey Gboney-Leon

U.S. Army Europe commander visits Hungarian Joint Forces leaders

By U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs
May 27, 2011

BUDAPEST, Hungary -- Hungarian Chief of Defence Gen. Tibor Benko shows U.S. Army Europe commander Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling a scepter from the 17th century during Hertling's visit to the Hungarian capital, May 26.

During his visit Hertling expressed his condolences on the recent deaths of two Hungarian soldiers in Afghanistan.

The meeting was indicative of the strength of the alliance between the U.S. and Hungary and their respective armies. Hungarian soldiers have completed six Operational Mentor and Liasion Teams training rotations in preparation for deployment, in concert with the Ohio Army National Guard, in Hungary and at USAREUR's Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany.

Hertling commended Benko for Hungary's commitments to NATO International Security Assistance Force missions in Afghanistan, including the Hungarian-led Provincial Reconstruction and Development Team in Northern Afghanistan. Nearly 13 percent of Hungary's available land forces are currently deployed as part of ISAF and NATO missions.

Hertling, who also took part in the 2011 Conference of European Armies for Noncommissioned officers in Szekesfehervar, Hungary during his visit, talked with Benko about the restructuring of Hungary's NCO corps and the importance of strong and professional NCOs to a unit.

More than a decade has passed since a USAREUR commander visited military leaders in Hungary. Hertling said it was important to visit during the early months of his USAREUR command, and an honor to spend time with the U.S. Army's Hungarian partners. (Photo by Capt. Audrey Gboney-Leon)

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