The Netherlands Embassy and Consulates, United States

General David Petraeus Receives Royal Honor from the Netherlands

The American General David Petraeus has received the Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Orange Nassau with swords.

Petraeus was bestowed this high royal honor in recognition of his outstanding support to the Netherlands, especially during the mission in Afghanistan.

Dutch Defense Minister Hans Hillen presented the award. He thanked Petraeus in his speech for his unconditional support to the Dutch troops and for being a driving force behind a successful mission. Through his personal efforts for cooperation between the Netherlands and America, the Netherlands could achieve significant operational successes with the Task Force Uruzgan, Hillen said. David Petraeus was commander of ISAF since September 6, 2011. He is now Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Petraeus previously served as commander of the U.S. Central Command in Florida and as commander of the Multi-National Force – Iraq. From July 2010, he was a year commander of the ISAF mission in Afghanistan.

Petraeus responded enthusiastically to his award. He praised the good cooperation with the Netherlands and the quality of the Dutch soldiers. He closed his remarks in Dutch calling out: “The Netherlands, forever!”



Frisian roots

Petraeus is the first American general since World War II to receive the high honor. The former four-star general, son of a Dutch father with Frisian roots, received his decorations in the presence of former Dutch military colleagues and Frisian relatives. Commissioner of the Province of Friesland Jorritsma John handed the General his family tree, with ancestors dating back to the year 1599.