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Cablegate: Appreciation for Engagement at the Munich Security

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STATE FOR EUR EUR/AGS

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TAGS: PGOV ASEC GM
SUBJECT: APPRECIATION FOR ENGAGEMENT AT THE MUNICH SECURITY
CONFERENCE

REFS: A) MUNICH 17; B) MUNICH 52

1. Consulate General Munich wishes to express its appreciation for
the assistance provided by Mission Germany colleagues in supporting
the 44th Munich Security Conference.

2. Attending the Conference were three heads of government, 20
foreign ministers, and 23 defense ministers. The U.S. delegation
held 21 bilateral and multilateral meetings and engaged more than 60
media outlets in a dozen press events. U.S. participation was
substantial, with a total delegation of 223, including Secretary of
Defense Gates, CODEL Lieberman with two U.S. Senators, three members
of the House of Representatives and one governor, EUR Assistant
Secretary Fried, VCI Assistant Secretary DeSutter, Ambassador to

SIPDIS
Germany Timken, Ambassador to NATO Nuland, Ambassador to Belarus
Stewart, DAS Kramer, DAS Butler, and other senior USG
representatives. The delegation's collective focus on engaging the
40 German Bundestag members attending invigorated the dialogue about
NATO's success and shortcomings in Afghanistan.

3. In particular, post would like to recognize the following
Mission Germany offices/individuals who assisted with the
conference. Without their assistance and teamwork, our Mission
could not have made the important participation by senior U.S.
Government officials at the conference a success:

- Ambassador Timken: for leadership that successfully prioritized
intensive engagement of German Bundestag members by delegation
members.

- DCM John Koenig: for outstanding strategic guidance in planning
the U.S. delegation's engagements at the conference.

- Berlin DATT/ODC (David Allwine, Richard Naughton, Dan Stiver):
for assisting in coordination with the Office of the Secretary of
Defense.

- Berlin GSO (Thorsten Kirch, Michael Schumann, Wolf Meyer): for
providing excellent chauffeur services in an extremely difficult
traffic/security environment, and assisting with coordination and
set-up of bilateral meeting rooms.

- Berlin PA (Robert Wood, Maja Boehm, Nancy Rajczak, Julia
Sebastian): for arranging press interviews with more than sixty
media outlets for U.S. participants, including Defense Secretary
Gates, Ambassador Timken, Ambassador Nuland, and Assistant Secretary
Dan Fried; assisting with CODEL press requests; providing rapid
transcriptions of Secretary Gates' remarks; tracking and
disseminating media reaction; and quickly uploading photos and
speeches to the Mission's public websites
(http://munich.usconsulate.gov).

- Berlin Pol-Mil (Bill Moeller, Ken Kero, Thorsten Schulz): for
note taking during conference sessions and bilateral meetings,
providing rapid, detailed reporting to Washington. Additionally Ken
Kero's early arrival allowed control officer Tom Kelsey to
participate in PRT training at Ft. Bragg.

- Jeff Rathke (Berlin POL): for serving as a liaison with the
German Foreign Office and supporting A/S Fried during the
conference.

- Sam Ward (ARSO Berlin): for critical protection of principal
VIPs.

4. Previous reporting from Munich is available on our SIPRNET
website at www.state.sgov.gov/p/eur/munich/ .

NELSON

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