German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius visited Washington for his first official visit last week, meeting with Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin at the Pentagon. The two leaders discussed the ongoing conflict in Ukraine and the need to support Ukraine against Russia's aggression. Austin praised Germany for its contributions to Ukraine's defense and expressed the desire to further strengthen the bilateral defense relationship and collaborate on issues such as the Indo-Pacific region.
Meanwhile, June 26 marked the 75th anniversary of the start of the legendary Berlin Airlift of the Western Allied Forces that helped more than two million West Berliners survive the 11-month Soviet blockade in the wake of the Cold War. The airlift took place from June 1948 until September 1949, for a total delivery of more than 1.5 million tons of supplies and a total cost of over $224 million. American and British forces coordinated the unprecedented action, delivering food, fuel and supplies to the city by air. The operation fostered a deep sense of gratitude and solidarity between the German and American people, strengthening the German-American friendship for decades to come.
And after five years at the German Embassy in Washington, Ambassador Emily Haber’s term came to an end last week. Her successor, Ambassador Andreas Michaelis, will arrive in August. In the meantime, today’s newsletter features a number of videos and interviews of Ambassador Haber in the last few weeks of her time with us. We will miss her!
The "Germany for Americans" team