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Commission selects “Weight of Sacrifice” design concept for WWI Memorial in DC


By Chris Isleib
Public Affairs Officer, World War One Centennial Commission

The U.S. World War I Centennial Commission picked last week ‘THE WEIGHT OF SACRIFICE” for the new national World War I Memorial project.

Many countries within the U.S. European Command will be hosting multiple events starting later this year and lasting throughout 2017 to commemorate World War I.

“THE WEIGHT OF SACRIFICE” was selected from a group of five Finalists, and culminates an open, international design competition that has run since May, 2015. The Commission’s decision endorses the recommendation of the design competition’s independent jury.

“We were thrilled by the quality and creativity by all the submissions in this competition” stated Commissioner Edwin Fountain, who directed the competition. “This selected design concept reflects a high level of professional achievement”.

Imagery of “THE WEIGHT OF SACRIFICE”, and of the other four Finalists, can be found here:


The design concept was submitted by Joseph Weishaar, an architect-in-training currently located in Chicago, IL, and collaborating artist, veteran sculptor Sabin Howard, of New York, NY. Mr. Weishaar, received his professional architecture degree at the University of Arkansas in 2013.

Mr. Weishar’s full professional team, necessary to implement the design concept, includes the Baltimore architectural firm GWWO, Inc;, landscape architect Phoebe Lickwar; and engineering consultants Henry Adams LLC, Keast & Hood and VBH.

European Security and Cooperation in the 21st Century

The following are remarks made by Ambassador Susan M. Elliott to the American Chamber of Commerce on January 27 in Stuttgart, Germany.

Thank you Dr. Wegen for your warm introduction.  Thank you also to Mr. Fichtner, Mr. Lutz, and Mr. Povel for organizing and inviting me to tonight’s event.

I also would like to recognize my colleagues — U.S. Consul General James Herman who is here this evening from Frankfurt.  He is the leader of US Consulate General in Frankfurt which is the largest U.S. Consulate in the world.
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EUCOM Announces Updated Theater Strategy

U.S. European Command leadership recently published an updated theater strategy, formalizing the combatant command’s top priorities, mission and vision.

Looking back, 2015 was undoubtedly one of the busiest years for EUCOM since the end of the Cold War. During the past year, a perpetually increased demand was placed upon the EUCOM personnel who help provide stability for the European security environment. “Our command has done an outstanding job balancing its focus between a revanchist Russia, mass migrations from other regions and foreign terrorist fighters transiting through Europe, while maintaining our commitments to our NATO allies and partners,” said Gen. Philip Breedlove, Commander of U.S. European Command. Continue reading EUCOM Announces Updated Theater Strategy