The presence of American combat troops in the Federal Republic of Germany was an important symbol of the United States's commitment to its position in world affairs for more than forty-five years.
Lasher, David Brian
"U.S. Combat Forces in Germany: Mission Accomplished,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 44
, Article 7.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol44/iss4/7