In March I hosted senior military, business and community leaders from Germany and France aboard the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) aircraft carrier as it made its way through the Mediterranean Sea.
Today, I have the opportunity to escort military and community leaders from Poland and Germany aboard the “Ike” and I can’t think of a better platform to demonstrate the United States’ commitment to building partnerships here in Europe. It’s my sincere hope that our guests walk away with a greater appreciation and understanding of that commitment.
The importance of these visits rests on my shoulders as I continue to encourage partnerships and build friendships within the theater. The United States’ commitment to promote continued peace and stability throughout Europe is a role I don’t take lightly.
As NATO members, Germany and Poland play key roles in global anti-terrorism efforts. And the efforts by these two nations – and all nations within the European Command’s area of focus – to strengthen their commitments as strategic partners is testimony for long lasting stability in Europe.
VADM Dick Gallagher
U.S. European Command