USAREUR commanding general reaffirms partnership with Macedonia

Feb. 17, 2012

By Kelly Schloesser, U.S. Army Europe

  • Lt. Gen. Mark P. Hertling, U.S. Army Europe Commander, congratulates Macedonian troops following a training demonstration at the Krivolak training area outside of Skopje Wednesday. The USAREUR Commanding General travelled to the country to further U.S. military commitment and extend partnership opportunities.

    USAREUR commanding general reaffirms partnership with Macedonia

    Lt. Gen. Mark P. Hertling, U.S. Army Europe Commander, congratulates Macedonian troops following a training demonstration at the Krivolak training area outside of Skopje Wednesday. The USAREUR Commanding General travelled to the country to further U.S. military commitment and extend partnership opportunities.

  • Lt. Gen. Mark P. Hertling, U.S. Army Europe Commander, talks with the Macedonian Land Forces Commander, Maj. Gen. Goranco Koteski and U.S. Ambassador to Macedonia, Paul Wohlers, during a visit to the Macedonian Defense Ministry. The USAREUR Commanding General travelled to the country to further U.S. military commitment and extend partnership opportunities.

    USAREUR commanding general reaffirms partnership with Macedonia

    Lt. Gen. Mark P. Hertling, U.S. Army Europe Commander, talks with the Macedonian Land Forces Commander, Maj. Gen. Goranco Koteski and U.S. Ambassador to Macedonia, Paul Wohlers, during a visit to the Macedonian Defense Ministry. The USAREUR Commanding General travelled to the country to further U.S. military commitment and extend partnership opportunities.

HEIDELBERG, Germany -- In the first visit by a U.S. Army Europe Commander, Lt. Gen. Mark P. Hertling travelled to Macedonia to meet with military and diplomatic leaders to further the U.S. military commitment to the country.

Hertling discussed current challenges and future threats in Europe with the Minister of Defense, Fatmir Besimi. Following the meeting, the USAREUR Commander received a briefing on the Macedonian land forces, to include a discussion on force structure, military cooperation between the two countries, and future joint training events.

During talks with the Chief of Defense, Maj. Gen. Goranco Koteski, Hertling praised the Macedonian forces for their contribution to operations in Kosovo and Afghanistan. He described their commitment to the International Security Force in Afghanistan as "fighting above their weight class." He also reiterated the importance of taking lessons learned from current operations and applying them to future training.

Hertling also met with members of the Vermont National Guard who were conducting medical evacuation training with the Macedonians as a part of the state partnership program. He then toured to the Krivolak training area, flew in an aircraft with Macedonian army aviators, and viewed a training mission.

Following the tour, the commander travelled to the Macedonian Military Academy where he held a discussion with 30 cadets on the Profession of Arms. The Macedonian Army has an incredibly bright future with those cadets as future leaders, he said following the engagement.

Hertling and Koteski further discussed partnership and training exchanges to include opportunities at the Joint Multinational Training Center in Grafenwoehr, Germany. 

Hertling also met with the U.S. Ambassador to Macedonia, Paul Wohlers and received a country team briefing by state department officials where they discussed diplomatic, economic, and military challenges currently facing Macedonia.

 


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