USAREUR Commander travels to Azerbaijan

July 19, 2012

By Kelly Schloesser, U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs


Keeping heroes active
U.S. Army Europe Commander Lt. Gen. Mark P. Hertling met with military and diplomatic leaders of Azerbaijan July 19.

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

He then traveled Ministry of Defense, where he discussed current challenges and defense issues in the region with the Minister of Defense, Safar Abiyev.  He discussed further developing Azerbaijan's military through further partnership events, training exchanges, and exercises with the U.S. Army in Europe.

Following the engagement, the USAREUR Commander participated in a visit with Commanders and Soldiers in the Operational Cababilitites Concept (Battalion) and the Peacekeeping Operations Battalion where they discussed equipment, logistics, and interoperabilty with NATO.

Hertling highlighted the importance of Azerbaijan's contribution to International Security Forces in Afghanistan. They also discussed future plans for Azerbaijan's military training in Joint Multinational Readiness Ceneter in Hohenfels starting later this year.


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