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

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.

President:   Dr. Stephen Hoyt 

Vice President: Jason Moses

Treasurer: John Reuter 

Membership Coordinator:  Vicki Luther


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.

Mike MingesApril 2, 2015 at 6:30 pmReply

I was at JROC from JUN69-DEC71. I had a super time even though I was separated from the main group. I went to the Monaco, British and Dutch GPs, went to London on a theater tour, drove to Amsterdam on numerous occasions and was generally a compulsive tourist. When I first got there, I drove a ’56 red VW nicknamed “The Red Menace.” That got sold and I bought a new yellow VW that I drove the one day Jerry Guest went into East Berlin. I dated a runaway and a col.’s daughter. What a wild and wonderful place to be stationed in that time of history. Working in a photo lab, I have tons of pics that I’ll forward as soon as start to sort them out. The last I heard of Paul Florin he had taken up a psych and was working at Vanderbilt University. Dan Hedrick became a teacher, quit and went to work for Jack Daniels.

Bob HazelDecember 11, 2016 at 4:22 pmReply

I have recently become an adjunct member of the USMLM. When I arrived in Berlin in October of 1967 as a draftee along with my brother George on the duty train we were greeted by a SFC who singled out both myself and my brother as to an assignment that would require civilian clothes ,a VW for transportation and housing at 11 Sven Hedin Strasse. My older brother George said Bob you take it and we would still be able to see each other. I felt being the younger brother I should take Georgie’s nod and go ahead. I was introduced to SGM Chuck Moses and Capt Leon Fox who told me of my duties….they were both in civies. I had hit the lottery. I wore my fatigues only 13 times when the monthly alert transpired..carried a 38 cal pistol as my weapon and proceeded to the huge furnace at BBHQ to burn our documents. UTIC Field Team 3 was our unit. I settled in and made numerous courier trips to Heidleberg on the overnight duty train to Frankfurt. Now I must relate my family’s military history. My grandfather George A Hazel served approximately 23 years in the NY national Guard as a Sgt in the field Artillery, and as a 2nd Lt in the Veterinary Corps fighting the Mexican incursion of Pancho Villa. He had 4 sons that fought in the 1st,2nd WWs Korea and Vietnam. His son Capt Arthur T Hazel was the one son who fought in WW2,Korea and Vietnam. One of his assignments was with Detachment R in Germany. He was alive when I was assigned to Team 3 but never uttered a word about Det R. To sign off on this brief history, George did get a waiver from his SGM Ponish and along with SGM Moses ,George moved in to 11 Sven Hedin Strasse. Additionally my gt grandfather was asailor in the Civil War having fought in the battle of Charleston Harbor

Dick SteuartJanuary 25, 2018 at 4:40 pmReply

Greetings, All Mission member veterans,

I had the pleasure and excitement of serving in the Mission in 1957 and 1958, Colonel Bellomby was then the Chief of Mission, a super Chief. Without question this tour was by far my most challenging and interesting ‘peacetime’ tour.

As an Infantry officer I commanded a rifle platoon in Korea (1952) and a battalion in Vietnam (1968). Both these assignments were a challenge; however I consider the Mission tours by the tour personnel, officers and enlisted, as creating a path and future of stability and hopefully peace for the world.

With great memories, Dick Steuart

Charlie FitzGeraldSeptember 23, 2018 at 8:52 pmReply

My father Lt. Col Charles G. FitzGerald was Deputy COM, USMLM from 1960-62 and was front and center at a number of historic occurrences (think Abel trade for Powers on G-Bridge) among others. He told stories of going into East Berlin and East Germany on different intelligence gathering operations. Negotiated many disputes, issues, social events between Gen Bruce Clarke and Marshall Konev. Was the main negotiator/translator with Train 349 picked up the kid trying to defect (Stop Train 349). Went behind “the lines” to confirm the wall was coming on Aug 13, 1961. I remember spending time at the Potsdam House doing exercise under the watchful eye of an East German maid who made us do a lot of physical exercise. Great memories.

Charlie FitzGeraldSeptember 25, 2018 at 8:28 pmReply

My father Lt. Col. Charles G. FitzGerald was the Deputy Chief of Mission from 1960-1962 with Col Van Pawell as Chief. He told many a story about his intelligence work behind the lines in East Germany and East Berlin. Was present with all the other brave members of USMLM for history making events (think exchanging Abel for Gary Powers on the G-bridge). I have memories of hanging out at the Potsdam House with a nice but tough German maid making us do exercise in the back yard with a nice German shepard dog. Fascinating time in our countries history.

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