USAREUR Commander travels to Armenia

July 19, 2012

By Kelly Schloesser, U.S. Army Europe

Keeping heroes active
US Army Europe Commander Lt. Gen. Mark P. Hertling visits Armenia July 18.

In a visit to the Caucasus region, US Army Europe Commander, Lt. Gen. Mark P. Hertling met with military and diplomatic leaders of Armenia to further strengthen security cooperation and partnership initiatives in the region. Hertling first met with U.S. Ambassador to Armenia John Heffern and country team to discuss political, economic, and defense issues currently facing the state.

Following the engagement, the USAREUR Commander participated in a training demonstration at the Armenian Military Academy by the academy's cadets and Peacekeeping Brigade Soldiers. The training prepares Armenian forces for their particpation in NATO Peacekeaping Operations such as the Kosovo Force (KFOR). Hertling then traveled to the Ministry of Defense, where he discussed current challenges and defense issues in the region with the Minister of Defense, Seryan Ohanyan.

Additionally, the commander met with the Chief of Defense, Col. Gen. Yuri Khachaturov and Deputy Minister of Defense David Tonoyan, where they discussed further developing the Armenian military through further partnership events, training exchanges, and exercises with the U.S. Army in Europe..

Hertling highlighted the importance of Armenia's support to NATO Peacekeeping Operations and contribution to International Security Forces in Afghanistan. He also noted the significant step for Armenia's military in training at the Joint Multinational Readiness Ceneter in Hohenfels starting later this year.

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