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About the USMLM

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The United States Military Liaison Mission was established 7 April 1947 following the signing of the US-Soviet Huebner-Malinin Agreement of March 1947.  The Mission, which operated until its deactivation on 1 October 1990, included military and civilian personnel from the Department of Defense, Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines.  Its headquarters was in West Berlin with its East German offices in nearby Potsdam.

Officially, USMLM’s mission was to serve as liaison between the American Commander of US Army Europe and the Soviet Commander of Group of Soviet Forces (later Western Group of Forces), but it also served other purposes.  The Mission played a significant intelligence gathering role during the Cold War, monitoring Soviet forces and reporting on their readiness. The Mission sometimes served as the only channel for US-Soviet communications when diplomatic relations were at their lowest.

 

About the USMLM Association Today

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After the deactivation of USMLM, the former members of the Mission decided to form an association in order to maintain social contacts and to provide a forum for sharing stories and recollections of service in the Mission.

Today, the association’s website is the primary venue for association members to chronicle their stories and maintain contact with one another and with allied mission members from France and United Kingdom.  The association accepts as members former members of USMLM as well as their family members and selected supporters.  To become a member and gain access to the association’s full suite of information, visit the members’ page.

2 comments:

Jerry GuestFebruary 3, 2014 at 4:10 pmReply

I was stationed at the USMLM from APR 1969 to SEP 1971. I lived in the Mission on Foehrenweg, Auf Dem Grat off of Clay Allee in Dahlem. It was the assignment of a lifetime. It was my only deployment during my service in the Army. I took the duty train from Frankfurt to Berlin fresh out of AIT at FT Polk (FT Puke, Lousyanna) as Private. I was told I wouldn’t see an officer above the rank of CPT. When I arrived at the Mission, the lowest rank was MAJ to full Colonel. Under my watch we produced same-day turn around, even producing product with no mistakes not even using the correct tape. I was duty guard on Christmas Eve/Christmas Day 1970. I had every kind of Christmas Dinner imaginable. I took the duty of one of the married NCOs so he could be with his family. While stationed in Berlin I saw Led Zeppelin and Ten Years After at the Deutschland Halle; went through Check Point Charlie to Ost Berlin; visited the Berlin Statlishes Museen and had lunch at the Hotel Moskva having Solyanka, didn’t we all. Took the U-bahn all over West Berlin. Unforgetable. I felt as if I was in a movie.

Ray WaltersMarch 19, 2014 at 3:25 pmReply

I served with Jerry Guest and have the same fond feelings about my service. It seems incredible that so much history has passed since I left the Mission in July, 1970. I take great pride in my service at the Mission. After leaving the Army I went to law school and have been practicing law in Seattle since 1976. My wife (who was with me in Berlin during my service) and I went back to Berlin in 2000, and what a change! It was a thrill to walk across the Gleineke bridge to Potsdam.

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