German civilian and military leaders from the Stuttgart area met with U.S. European Command (USEUCOM) directors on Feb. 18, as part of USEUCOM’s commitment to strengthening relations with the city of Stuttgart.
Lt. Gen. Stephen M. Twitty, USEUCOM deputy commander, discussed the command’s role in the theater; the Northern Exercise Portfolio, to include the upcoming DEFENDER-Europe 20 exercise; USEUCOM’s strategic challenges; and the significance of Germany as host nation to the majority of U.S. forces in Europe and a key NATO Ally with common values.
Additionally, Twitty conveyed the significance of Germany contributing to assurance and deterrence measures in Eastern Europe by serving as a framework nation for NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) initiative.
“We don’t say this enough: Germany is a critical partner, a staunch ally,” Twitty said during the update. “The vast capability and capacity that you bring to the [NATO] Alliance is unmatchable.”
During the visit, guests toured the USEUCOM Joint Operations Center for a firsthand look at how the command operates on a day-to-day basis. Overall, the visit reinforced the deeply rooted values and strong relationship between the U.S. and Germany. Approximately 35,000 U.S. military members are currently assigned in Germany and Stuttgart is host to five U.S. Army installations and two Combatant Commands.
U.S. European Command is one of two U.S. forward-deployed geographic combatant commands whose area of focus spans across Europe, portions of Asia and the Middle East, the Arctic and Atlantic oceans. The command is composed of approximately 70,000 military and civilian personnel and is responsible for U.S. defense operations and relations with NATO and 51 countries. For more information about U.S. European Command, visit https://www.eucom.mil.
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