Slovenian Land Forces Commander in Germany to discuss training, exchange

May 22, 2012

By Kelly Schloesser, U.S. Army Europe

Keeping heroes active
Brig. Gen. Branimir Furlan, Slovenian Land Forces Commander, discusses the future of Slovenian and US Armies with Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling, US Army Europe Commander during a visit to Heidelberg, Germany May 22. (U.S. Army photo by Kelly Schloesser).

HEIDELBERG, Germany -- Slovenian Land Forces Commander Brig. Gen. Branimir Furlan met with commanders and staff of U.S. Army Europe Headquarters in Germany May 22.

The Slovenian Commander traveled to Heidelberg to meet with the USAREUR Commanding General, Lt. Gen. Mark P. Hertling, to discuss valuable joint training and exchange opportunities between the two militaries. Furlan also received a command briefing on the USAREUR mission and current exercises and operations around the globe.

Hertling commended the Slovenian forces for their increased participation in training exercises held at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels. This past year, along with 11 other militaries, the Slovenian Armed Forces played the opposing force (OPFOR) in the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team’s Full Spectrum Training Environment. ¬†Furlan said the feedback he received regarding the training value of the FSTE was “remarkable,” and plans to continue sending Soldiers to JMRC.

The two commanders then went on to discuss future participation in training events for full spectrum operations, to include the 2nd Cavalry Regiment’s training event this fall.

The USAREUR Commander also mentioned the importance of leader development and shared plans for the upcoming Combined Force Land Component Commander (CFLCC) conference. This program is focused on preparing senior officers of multi-national and joint services to function effectively as land component commanders in the joint, combined/multinational, and interagency environment.

The generals also discussed the potential to send an Observer/Controller to JMRC to serve as a part of the cadre. This past year several allied and partnered countries have sent officers to spend up to two years leading training at JMRC to acquire skills to take back to their respective Armies.


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