By Gerald Morgenstern
Grafenwoehr, Germany — “We thank you fro your partnership and for your understanding an ask for it in the future,” said Brig. Gen. Antonio A. Aguto Jr. with regard to the exercises in 2018. Bavaria with Grafenwoehr and Hohenfels Training Areas are the core of the U.S. Army’s and NATO alliance’s training in Europe.
“The strong presence of our German friends and partners is a sign of the excellent friendship and cooperation we enjoy here in Bavaria,” said Col. Lance . Varney, the commander of U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria during his welcome remarks at the New Year’s reception. Together with Brig. Gen. Antonio A. Aguto Jr., 7th Army Training Command, Varney had invited guests to the Tower View Conference Center. “Happy New Year” was the motto of the hand-shaking in the receiving line as the commanders and command sergeants major greeted their guests from the entire Oberpfalz region.
Dr. Boris Niklas from the Bavarian State Chancellery, County Commissioners Richard Reisinger (Amberg-Sulzbach) and Deputy County Commissioners Albert Nickl (Neustadt/Waldnaab) and Arnold Kimmerl from Schwandorf. For all mayors present, Mayors Edgar Knobloch (Grafenwoehr), Hans-Martin Schertl (Vilseck) and Bernhard Graf from Hohenfels were welcomed. State Parliamentarian Annette Karl and members of the German Armed Forces, police and other host nation administrations were also among the guests.
Brig. Gen. Antonio A. Aguto Jr.. 7th ATC commanding general, started his speech with “Grüß Gott und herzlich willkommen.” “As in pat times, the U.S. Army, its partners and Bavaria stand side by side to deter aggressors and defend the freedom of democracy. This community, our friends and our partnership are extremely important for our alliance,” said the general. “Bavaria with Grafenwoehr and Hohenfels are the core of the training. We train NATO nations and nearly all Eastern European partners,” said Aguto. “2017 was a good year and 2018 promises to be an even better year,” he announced.
The training command in Grafenwoehr was selected for one of the largest and most important U.S. Army and NATO exercises. “Participants from 15 nations with soldiers from all services and weapons systems will train; not a quite endeavor,” said Aguto and asked for understanding. The commander of the training command pointed out that successful exercises also equal growth for the military installation. Aguto said he was proud to call Bavaria his home and, on behalf of all Americans stationed here, thanked all guests for their friendship.
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