Soldiers Compete In Slovenian Challenge Cup

A Slovenian Army soldier deployed to Kosovo with Multinational Battle Group-West carries her teammate during the combat fitness test portion of the Slovenian Challenge Cup, held Oct. 8, 2015, at Camp Villagio Italia, Kosovo. (U.S. Army photo by Ardian Nreca)

Rain, mud and cold at Camp Village Italia, Kosovo didn’t stop 14 teams of international participants — to include US Army Soldiers — from competing in the Slovenian Challenge Cup, which involved a series of physical and mental challenges that included a combat fitness test, 10-kilometer foot march, weapons range, individual first aid and wounded recover skills, and group tug of war event. Continue reading Soldiers Compete In Slovenian Challenge Cup

Operation Eagle Shock: US Army and Lithuanian Land Forces Train Together

U.S. Army Sgt. Robert Grissum, 173rd Airborne Brigade, listens on the radio for instructions while his Lithuanian counterpart stands-by during a live-fire iteration during Operation Eagle Shock.(U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Behlin)

It was called Operation Eagle Shock, a military exercise involving both American and Lithuanian land forces training together in Pabrade, Lithuania from October 8 -14. Operation Eagle Shock was a combined arms live-fire exercise in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve North, which covers the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland. “It’s an honor to be able to serve here at this critical time and to demonstrate our nation’s commitment to collective security in Europe by training with our NATO allies,” said Lt. Col. Michael Wagner, the 1st Bn., 503rd Inf. Regt. battalion commander. Continue reading Operation Eagle Shock: US Army and Lithuanian Land Forces Train Together

Remarks at Deutsch-Amerikanisches Zentrum

U.S. European Command’s Maj. Gen. Mark Loeben was invited to speak at the DAZ: Deutsch-Amerikanisches Zentrum (German-American Center) Concert  in Neues Schloss, Stuttgart, on 7 October 2015.


Meine Damen und Herren, Ladies and Gentlemen, Guten Abend, Good Evening.  Thank you for the opportunity to speak to you tonight.  I’m honored to be here in this beautiful hall among such very distinguished company.

I would especially like to recognize Dr. Rudolf Boehmler, chairman of the board of the German-American Center, Stuttgart and his wife; Consul General James W. Herman, U.S. Consulate in Frankfurt, and his wife; Dr. Birgit Schneider-Boenniger, Head of the Cultural Office here in Stuttgart; and one of my favorite couples, Klaus Schaffer and Dr. Gabrielle Kloster-Schaffer.  A special welcome to members of the diplomatic corps, representatives of Economy & Culture, and members of the VDAC and DAZ.  Thank you so much for attending.

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