Maj. Gen. Aundre F. Piggee, commanding general of 21st Theater Sustainment Command, honored Mayor of Kaiserslautern Dr. Susanne Wimmer-Leonhardt and Kaiserslautern County Commissioner Paul Junker by inducting them as honorary colonels of the 21st TSC during a ceremony June 5.
The ceremony, which was held on Panzer Kaserne, ended in the traditional military retreat ceremony.
Junker was selected as an honorary colonel for his consistent efforts to enhance German-American friendship and integration of the military community in his county. He was the driving force behind providing English language county websites and KMC welcome information.
Wimmer-Leonhardt was chosen as an honorary colonel in recognition of her unyielding support of the U.S. military community in the City of Kaiserslautern. She was integral in the formation of the German-American Law Enforcement Patrol program, a unique program in Germany.
The 21st TSC has been inducting selected host nation officials since 1970. Until now, 79 distinguished local leaders have been honored with this title.
Helmut Haufe, the general manager of the Theater Logistics Sustainment Center-Europe, administers the program for Piggee.
Every year, the 21st TSC selects one or two host nation dignitaries from a wide range of fields, such as public administration, government, politics, business, industry, culture and sports, in appreciation of continued support to and cooperation with the 21st TSC.