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Col. Ray Graham, commander of U.S. Army Garrison-Wiesbaden, received one of the German army’s top medals in a ceremony last week.

German Maj. Gen. Gerhard Stelz presented the Cross of Honor of the Bundeswehr to Graham during a reception at the base’s community activity center.

Graham, who took over command in Wiesbaden in June 2007, has served in several posts in Germany during his career, including stints as head of personnel for both the 1st Armored Division and V Corps. He is a native of Cleveland and is set to retire from the Army this summer after a 28-year career.

In his speech, Stelz paid particular attention to the Wiesbaden Army Airfield’s ceremony last year marking the 60th anniversary of the Berlin Airlift. The base entertained an estimated 30,000 German visitors in the largest such event on a U.S. military facility abroad since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Stelz also said Graham had played an important role in local relations between the United States and German military forces.

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