The German Army Band “Kassel” performs at the Fort Belvoir Amphitheater, May 29, beginning at 7 p.m. This concert is free and open to those with access to Fort Belvoir. 

This performance continues a long line of friendship and cooperation between the German Armed Forces Command, the Military District of Washington and U.S. Army Garrison, Fort Belvoir. 

The German Armed Forces Command, United States and Canada have an almost 25- year history of partnering with U.S. Military commands in the Washington, D.C. area. 

It officially began May 24, 1994, when the transatlantic partnership and friendship between our nations was renewed and when Lt. Gen. Charles E. Dominy, former director of the Army Staff, and Lt. Gen. Jürgen Schnell, vice chief of staff of the German Armed Forces, signed the partnership agreement. 

As the German Armed Forces Command expressed recently, ‘We very much appreciate having the U.S. Army Military District of Washington at our side as a great partner in a great country. Your Soldiers and civilian workers not only are fantastic people, but also downright professionals and perfect hosts.’ 

50 Years and counting 

The 50th anni v e r sar y celebration of the German Armed Forces Command in 2015 was special, due in part to the willing support provided by the U.S. Army Military District of Washington. The event was filled with military pomp and circumstance, the sounds of a German Army band, and watching the ceremonial performance of the German Federal Ministry of Defense’s Guard Battalion. 

Inspecting the troops together, the commanding general of the U.S. Army Military District of Washington and the commander, German Armed Forces Command office, demonstrated the close ties between our nations. 

Shared Training Opportunities 

The German Armed Forces Command is proud to be regularly offering demanding training projects to U.S. Soldiers. These are aimed at qualifying American Soldiers for the German Armed Forces Proficiency or Marksmanship badges, awards which are highly coveted by German and U.S. personnel alike and across all ranks. 

These hard-won badges are annually awarded to up to 400 American Soldiers by the commander, German Armed Forces Command, in a ceremony with musical accompaniment provided by a German Army band. The festivities continue well into the afternoon with music, BBQ and inspiring talks with our American guests. 

More often than not, new friendships develop from here. 

Oktoberfest and much more 

And there are other numerous events – not always of a military nature – that have been formative for our relationship, among others the very popular German Oktoberfest celebration at Fort Belvoir, hosted by senior leaders from the German Armed Forces Command and garrison leaders, and the U.S. Army’s Twilight Tattoo at Joint Base Myer- Henderson Hall. 

Our strong, mutual bonds have multiple roots, both in our families and our history. This interconnectedness with our fellow Soldiers shows in many respects: military, political and personal. 

German servicemen and women have fought shoulder to shoulder with Americans for freedom and peace all over the world. This German-American friendship, our common interests and values have been, and continue to be, the rationale behind the presence of our German Armed Forces Command in Reston. 

Our partnership is outstanding and symbolic for the decades-long friendship between our nations’ armed forces.