WIESBADEN, Germany — As announced by the German Federal Ministry of Defence, U.S. Army Europe’s next chief of staff will be a general officer from the Bundeswehr, Brig. Gen. Markus Laubenthal. In this capacity, Laubenthal will synchronize the activities of the USAREUR staff in much the same manner as his American predecessors have done. Laubenthal has already been receiving initial briefings from the USAREUR staff and is expected to report to duty full time on or about August 4.
“This is a bold and major step forward in USAREUR’s commitment to operating in a multinational environment with our German allies. U.S. and German senior military leaders have been serving together in NATO’s International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan for years. Sustaining the shared capability from this experience will benefit both U.S. and German armies. As you know, actions speak louder than words, and this innovation carries a very strong message regarding our seriousness about a multinational team. I look forward to working with Brig. Gen. Laubenthal and seeing the tremendous impact his presence will have on the team,” said Lt. Gen. Donald Campbell Jr., USAREUR commanding general.
Should be fun. He’s not in complete charge, of course – he reports to Gen. Campbell. But he’ll have a huge impact on day-to-day operations.
BTW, that grinding sound you hear? That my dad, rolling in his grave.