Dutch Military Awards U.S. Army Europe Commander Meritorious Service Medal

The Commander of U.S. Army Europe Lieutenant General Frederick “Ben” Hodges received the Meritorious Service Medal in Gold from the Dutch Minister of Defense on Monday, March 13th during a visit to the Netherlands. The award recognized LTG Hodges for his outstanding meritorious achievement as Commander, US Army Europe.  He was surprised at the ceremony by LTG de Kruif (retired),

President Trump’s First Address to Congress

The following is the full text of President Donald Trump’s first address to a joint session of Congress on February 28, 2017 as prepared for delivery and released by the White House press office. TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES: TRUMP: Thank you very much. Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of Congress, the first lady of the United

Remarks by the Vice President at the Swearing-in Ceremony of Commerce Secretary Ross

Remarks by the Vice President at the Swearing-in Ceremony of Commerce Secretary Ross February 28, 2017 THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Good morning.  Thank you for joining us.  On behalf of the President of the United States, it’s my great privilege to administer the oath of office to a man who will become the 39th Secretary of Commerce for the United States

Remarks by Vice President Pence at the Munich Security Conference February 18

Thank you, Ambassador Ischinger.  Chancellor Merkel, Secretary General, distinguished colleagues, and honored guests, I bring greetings on behalf of the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump.  In my still new capacity as Vice President, I am honored and humbled to have the privilege to address this important annual forum. I’m also pleased to have with me two members

Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson: Welcome Remarks to Employees

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC February 2, 2017 SECRETARY TILLERSON: Well, good morning, all. We apologize for being late. It seemed that this year’s prayer breakfast, people felt the need to pray a little longer. (Laughter.) But I certainly welcomed them all, so – thank you for such a warm reception. And it’s a pleasure to

Thanksgiving in the home of the pilgrims

In many ways, this is where it all started: Leiden’s Pieterskerk in the Netherlands. In 1620, 35 pilgrims departed Leiden for Plymouth in England. From there, they sailed onward aboard The Mayflower to the new colonies of Massachusetts. The first harvest festival celebrated in the new colony is seen as the origin of Thanksgiving. And here, on Thanksgiving Day 2016, more

All American Night in Leiden

More than 1,000 students and faculty attended the 13th edition of Minerva’s All American Night in Leiden’s magnificent Pieterskerk. Organized by the student members of Minerva Society, it was a night of politics, music, and even a play – the latest edition of a tradition that stretches back to the U.S. Presidential Election of 1968. Chargé d’Affaires Shawn Crowley kicked

Liberation Concert Margraten

Since 2006, the Netherlands American Cemetery in Margraten has held an open-air Liberation Concert as a tribute to and in remembrance of the liberation of the Netherlands that began in September 1944 and those who died to secure it. CDA Shawn P. Crowley gave the opening remarks below at the concert on September 4, 2016.     Remarks for Liberation

Chargé d’Affaires Shawn Crowley visits the city of Rotterdam

Chargé d’Affaires Shawn Crowley visited the city of Rotterdam September 1, 2016. He met with Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb to discuss areas of mutual cooperation. During a visit to the Essalam Islamic Center, he discussed religious freedom and tolerance and had a tour with the Director and staff. The day ended with a tour of the Port of Rotterdam and the

New Deputy Chief of Mission: Shawn Crowley

  Shawn Crowley assumed his duties as the Chargé d’ Affaires in The Hague in July 2016.  A career member of the Senior Foreign Service, he worked in Washington as a member of the Executive Secretariat, a Senior Watch Officer in the Operations Center, and a desk officer for central Europe. His most recent foreign assignment was as the political/economic counselor

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