German Defense Minister visits El Paso and NM

February 15, 2012 4:04:59 AM PST
The office of German Defense Minister Thomas de Maiziere says he'll visit German military personnel stationed in West Texas and southeast New Mexico.

The minister is in North America for a five-day visit to the U.S. and Canada where he will meet top army and diplomatic officials.

De Maiziere's office said in a Tuesday release that he'll meet Wednesday with German troops training at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas, and airmen training at Holloman Air Force Base, in southeast New Mexico.

German troops train at Fort Bliss in the use of the Patriot missiles, among other programs, while Luftwaffe members train to fly Tornado fighters at Holloman.

De Maiziere will meet with his American counterpart Leon Panetta Thursday to discuss developments in Afghanistan and within NATO.