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James Gavin (’21) and his U.S. Army unit participate in Marche Internationale de Diekirch

Above: The 492nd Civil Affairs Battalion with Mr. Paul Binsfeld, the Honorary Consul of Luxembourg, at the completion of the Marche Internationale de Diekirch. 

This past summer, James Gavin (’21) worked closely with the Luxembourg Embassy to develop a plan for his U.S. Army unit, the 492nd Civil Affairs Battalion, to conduct the Marche Internationale de Diekirch.

This march is a 20-kilometer ruck march that commemorates John the Blind, a 14th Century king from Luxembourg. The march also represents the close bond between the United States and Luxembourg and all of our NATO Allies. Ambassador Nicole Bintner shared a message with the unit detailing the rich history between the United States and Luxembourg and expressing continued gratitude towards the U.S. Military, which liberated Luxembourg twice in the 20th Century. The Embassy sent Honorary Consul Mr. Paul Binsfeld to oversee the event.

Over 80 Soldiers participated in the march and earned the Médaille de Marche de l’Armée.

James Gavin ('21) with Paul Binsfeld, the Honorary Consul of Luxembourg
James Gavin (’21) with Paul Binsfeld, the Honorary Consul of Luxembourg. Mr. Binsfeld shared the Ambassador’s message prior to the march and welcomed all of the Soldiers at the finish line.