About the Author: Mireille L. Zieseniss serves as Assistant Information Officer at U.S. Embassy Kabul.
On July 8, 2010, U.S. Ambassador Karl Eikenberry and ISAF/NATO Commander General David Petraeus hosted a Town Hall meeting at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, with more than 500 U.S. Mission employees in attendance. It was the second time in five days that the Ambassador and the General met with Mission staff at the U.S. Embassy to emphasize their commitment to civilian-military, international, and Afghan partnerships.
Ambassador Eikenberry pledged the support of the entire U.S. Mission -- in Kabul and in the field -- for the efforts of General Petraeus and the military commands. He cited the General's civilian-military efforts in Iraq as evidence of his belief in unity of effort. “You have our full commitment as teammates,” the Ambassador vowed.
General Petraeus in turn stated, “One thing I know is that we must have unity of effort among all partners, not just U.S. civilian-military, but also with our international and Afghan partners.” He added, “We need to make sure we get the big ideas right, the right concepts, and the right plans…. I pledge to you: what's ours is yours. We are serious about partnering with you to do everything we can to support the Afghan people.”