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),

Worldwide Caution

As part of the Department of State’s continuous efforts to provide U.S. citizens traveling abroad with information about safety and security events, we are updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions, political violence, and criminal activity against U.S. citizens and interests abroad.  This replaces the Worldwide Caution dated September 9, 2016. As terrorist attacks,

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

Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Dinner

When Dr. King visited the Netherlands in 1964, he said, “Honesty and realism impel me to admit that we still have a long, long way to go. But I think the important thing is that we are making progress.” At Sunday’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Dinner in the Hague, Chargé d’Affaires Shawn Crowley said that if Dr. King “were

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

U.S. Diplomatic Security Service joins Europol to fight against trafficking in human beings and migrant smuggling

Source: Europol Press Release, September 19, 2016 U.S. Diplomatic Security Service (DS) Deputy Assistant Secretary John M. Eustace and Europol Deputy Director Wil van Gemert met this week in The Hague. The two officials signed an agreement for the U.S. Diplomatic Security Service to join two of Europol’s Focal Points1: FP Phoenix targets trafficking in human beings and FP Checkpoint

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