Bulgarian Army Chief visits U.S. Army Europe

Dec. 2, 2011

By U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs

Keeping heroes active

Maj. Gen. Stefan Vasilev, Bulgaria’s Land Forces Commander, discusses the future of Bulgaria and U.S. Armies with Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling, US Army Europe Commander during a visit to Heidelberg, Germany Nov. 30, 2011. U.S. Army photo by MAJ Mary C. McKenna.

HEIDELBERG, Germany – The Bulgarian Land Forces Commander, Maj. Gen. Stefan Vasilev toured United States Army Europe Headquarters and US and allied training areas 30 Nov. - 1 Dec. in Germany.

The Bulgarian 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.

Maj. Gen. Vasilev then traveled to Grafenwoehr to tour the Joint Multinational Training Center, one of three major training centers for the US Army and the main international location for the US to train with partners.

The Bulgarian 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, Vasilev observed various training events that prepared Bulgarian troops for their mission in the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), Afghanistan.

Hertling first visited the Bulgaria this past spring and met with Vasilev to discuss training and exercises focused on strengthening US/Bulgarian mil-to-mil partnership.