Netherlands – today General Erhard Bühler, Commander JFC
Brunssum, directed a short pause in the conduct of Exercise Trident Jupiter to
appropriately mark the occasion of the 30th Anniversary of the end
of the Cold War, of which the fall of the Berlin Wall is the enduring symbol.
At the beginning of the daily situational awareness briefing that is part of
the exercise battle-rhythm the General made a profound statement that started
with the following words: As your commander and as a German officer it is
still a deeply moving thing for me to remember the hours when freedom prevailed
General Bühler seized the opportunity to pay tribute to friends and
allies who had guaranteed the freedom of half the city of Berlin and West
Germany for forty years and underlined the point that this historic event would
most likely have been unthinkable without NATO, the most successful and
powerful military alliance in history.
It is a great honor for me to serve at your side
Drawing to a close the General said: It is our noble task to protect and defend the freedom that was first saved for more than forty years and then newly regained thirty years ago. As this year NATO is celebrating its seventieth anniversary, you will surely understand why hashtag #wearenato has a very special meaning to me. It is a great honor for me to serve at your side. We are NATO.
Story by Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum Public Affairs Office