USAREUR Commander meets with Georgian President

July 17, 2012

By U.S. Army Europe


  • USAREUR Commander visits Georgia

    U.S. Army Europe Commander Lt. Gen. Mark P. Hertling meets with Georgian President to further security cooperation initiatives.

  • USAREUR Commander visits Georgia

    U.S. Army Europe Commander Lt. Gen. Mark P. Hertling visits Georgia to further security cooperation initiatives.

  • USAREUR Commander visits Georgia

    U.S. Army Europe Commander Lt. Gen. Mark P. Hertling visits Georgia to further security cooperation initiatives. photo.

In a visit to the Caucasus region, U.S. Army Europe Commander, Lt. Gen. Mark P. Hertling met with the President of Georgia, Mikheil Saashkivilli, to further security cooperation initiatives.

Hertling thanked the president for Georgia's contribution to the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan and praised the military for their growth in capabilities over the last several years. The president likewise thanked U.S. Army Europe for the numerous partnering and training opportunities.

Following the engagement with the Georgian President, Hertling visited the Ministry of Defense, where he discussed current challenges and future threats in the European region with the Deputy Minister of Defense, Siprashvili-Lee.

Additionally, the commander met with the Chief of the Joint Staff, Lt. Gen. Devi Tchankotadze and Deputy Chief of Defense, Brig. Gen. Giorgi Kalandaze where they discussed further developing the Georgian military through further partnership, training exchanges, and exercises with the U.S. Army in Germany.

Georgia conducts their mission rehearsal exercises at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany, before deploying to Afghanistan as a part of the ISAF. Georgia has consistently contributed a battalion over the past couple of years and in their next rotation will increase their contribution to two battalions.


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