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Barack Obama Appoints Non-American Officer To Be In Charge Of The U.S. Army In Europe

Markus Laubenthal

When it comes to the many military units around the world, it is researched and statistically analyzed that the country with the world’s most powerful military is the United States of America. The land of the free and the home of the brave has enjoyed this military superpower status for quite some time, in which most military experts believe its status was cemented after the Cold War. Even the military size surpasses other countries, in ratio of those serving to the overall population. This can be exampled by the numerous active bases housing many American soldiers serving to protect our freedoms.

However, reports are coming in that one of our military branches, the army to be exact, appointed a new chief of staff for the U.S. Army in Europe. What is unique, or peculiar, about this news is the new chief of staff isn’t even American.

Markus Larbunthal

According to an article by Army Times, it reports that German Army brigadier general, Markus Laubenthal, is assuming duties as the chief of staff of U.S. Army Europe, marking the first time a non-American officer has held the position. Prior to his new position, Laubenthal served with NATO forces in Afghanistan, commanded Germany’s 12 Panzer Brigade in Amberg, and was chief of staff of Regional Command North, International Security Assistance Force Afghanistan. With his new position, Laubenthal will be stationed at USAREUR headquarters in Wiesbaden, Germany, and might report to duty as early as this coming Monday.

Lt. Gen. Donald Campbell, the major staff assistant to USAREUR, made a statement that Laubenthal will synchronize the command’s staff activities as American predecessors have in the past:

“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 the U.S. and German armies.”

In another article by Military, Markus Laubenthal provided insight of a personal experience, in which he stated the following about his past military experience and his future working as the chief of staff:

As the commander of Panzer Brigade 12, I have always valued the joint exercises with our partnership unit, the 2nd Calvary Regiment in Vilseck. I am sure that I can use the experience I gained in the German army supporting the training of ready army forces in my new position with USAREUR.”

To some military experts, this move might actually be a means to patch up the strain between the U.S. and Germany. This includes the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) placing mass surveillance on German citizens, including the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel. Also last month, German authorities expelled the CIA’s chief in Berlin after investigators identified suspected spies allegedly working for the U.S. within the German government.

General George Washington

Finally there is a very unique insight pertaining to this move which comes from our first president, George Washington. In his farewell address on September 19, 1796, he said the following:

“Tis our true policy to steer clear of permanent Alliances, with any portion of the foreign world.”

To conclude, we want to hear from all of you. Is Barack Obama’s decision to appoint Markus Leubenthal actually a progressive move to better relationships between U.S. and Germany military alliances? Or is it a mistake to appoint someone overall charge of a military branch representing a country they weren’t born, or even lived in? Let us know in the comments below.

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13 Responses to “Barack Obama Appoints Non-American Officer To Be In Charge Of The U.S. Army In Europe”

  1. Claudia Walker

    He's not "in charge of USAREUR" as you wrongly stated. That would be this guy:

    Neither is this "is unique, or peculiar":

    Get your facts straight!

  2. Amy-Beth Davis

    it is unique, and it IS peculiar. No foreign officer has ever been placed in direct authority over U.S. forces.

  3. Amy-Beth Davis

    it is unique, and it IS peculiar. No foreign officer has ever been placed in direct authority over U.S. forces.

  4. Amy-Beth Davis

    As Chief of Staff, he holds TREMENDOUS authority, and DOES have US Forces as his direct reports! Get YOUR facts straight. Have YOU ever served a day on active duty? If yes, you clearly learned nothing of the Chain of Command. I served with exchange officers in the Navy. They had NO authority over those with whom they served. Get a CLUE YOURSELF

  5. Claudia Walker

    Amy-Beth Davis "Non-American Officer To Be In Charge Of The U.S. Army In Europe" is just plain wrong. It's a STAFF position. NOT a command.

  6. Anonymous

    Commanded by General (later Field Marshal) Sir Bernard Montgomery, 21st Army Group initially controlled all ground forces in Operation Overlord (the United States First Army and British Second Army).
    The Battle of the Bulge presented a command problem to General Eisenhower. It had sliced through US lines, leaving some American formations north and south of the new German salient. However, the headquarters of U.S. 12th Army Group lay to the south, and so Eisenhower decided to place American forces north of the "Bulge" salient under 21st Army Group. They, with the American 3rd Army under General George S. Patton, reduced the salient.
    After the battle, control of the U.S. 1st Army which had been placed under Field Marshal Montgomery's temporary command was returned to Bradley's 12th Army Group. The U.S. 9th Army remained under Montgomery longer, before being returned to American command in Germany.
    Operation Torch, North Africa, US II CORP part of 15th Army Group, Commander, British Field Marshall, Harold Alexander.

  7. Bill Tolbert

    You through all the information at some people but they refuse to read it, but they will comment about it as if they were some kind of expert.

  8. Anonymous

    This one ranks right up there with trading 5 Senior Taliban Leaders for 1 Bergdahl.
    To quote Dianne Feinstein, "It is regrettable."
    Understatement is the woman's forte.

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