LTG Hertling meets with Croatian Land Forces Commander

March 14, 2012

By Kelly Schloesser, U.S. Army Europe

  • LTG Hertling meets with Croatian Land Forces Commander

    Sgt. Paul Thomas Griever (right), 2nd Cavalry Regiment (2 CR), provides information on a Stryker Infantry Carrier Variant vehicle ( ICV) to Maj. Gen. Dragutin Repinc, Croatian Land Forces Commander, in Grafenwoehr, Germany, March 13, 2012. U.S.Army photo by Gertrud Zach.

  • LTG Hertling meets with Croatian Land Forces Commander

    Maj. Gen. Dragutin Repinc, Croatia's Land Forces Commander, visits U.S. Army Europe Headquarters and training areas to discuss future training events and patterning exchanges with Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling, US Army Europe Commander during a visit to USAREUR March 12-14, 2012. (U.S. Army photo by Kelly Schloesser).

  • LTG Hertling meets with Croatian Land Forces Commander

    Maj. Gen. Dragutin Repinc, Croatia's Land Forces Commander, visits U.S. Army Europe Headquarters and training areas to discuss future training events and patterning exchanges with Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling, US Army Europe Commander during a visit to USAREUR March 12-14, 2012. (U.S. Army photo by Kelly Schloesser).

  • LTG Hertling meets with Croatian Land Forces Commander

    Maj. Gen. Dragutin Repinc, Croatia's Land Forces Commander, visits U.S. Army Europe Headquarters and training areas to discuss future training events and patterning exchanges with Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling, US Army Europe Commander during a visit to USAREUR March 12-14, 2012. (U.S. Army photo by Kelly Schloesser).

  • LTG Hertling meets with Croatian Land Forces Commander

    Maj. Gen. Dragutin Repinc, Croatia's Land Forces Commander, visits U.S. Army Europe Headquarters and training areas to discuss future training events and patterning exchanges with Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling, US Army Europe Commander during a visit to USAREUR March 12-14, 2012. (U.S. Army photo by Kelly Schloesser).

HEIDELBERG, Germany -- The Croatian Land Forces Commander, Maj. Gen. Dragutin Repinc and key staff toured United States Army Europe Headquarters and US and allied training areas in Germany March 12-14.

The Croatian Commander first 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. Repinc received a command briefing on the USAREUR mission and current exercises and operations around the globe.

The delegation then traveled to Grafenwoehr to tour the Joint Multinational Training Center (JMTC), one of three major training centers for the US Army and the main international location for the US to train with partners.

The Croatian general met with JMTC Commander, Col. Bryan Rudacille, and received command briefing on the overall mission and capability of the training center. Following the briefing, Repinc traveled to the Non-Commissioned Officers Academy where he discussed the Non-Commissioned Officers training program, the Warrior Leader Course. Several Croatian Soldiers have attended the course, taking back valuable leadership and lessons learned to the Croatian Land Forces. 

Repinc then met with Soldiers of the 2nd Cavalry Regiment, discussing equipment and training needs at the tactical level for upcoming deployments.  Additionally, the commander participated in hands-on simulations systems, preparing both US and partnering Armies for future conflicts. 

The Croatians will finish their tour at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center (JMRC) where they will further discuss rotational training at JMRC, brigade level exercises, and counter-IED training.

Hertling first visited Croatia last year, meeting with senior civilian and military leaders in order to strengthen military ties and further develop training for both Armies.


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