22nd Peacekeeping Battalion – 17 Years of Performance (photo & video)
CHISINAU, May 13, 2016 — “You are peacekeepers here and peacekeepers in different parts of the world. You have a mission that is both noble and full of risks, and your success proves the true value of National Army soldiers”, said Minister of Defense Anatol Salaru in his congratulation speech for the service members of the 22nd Peacekeeping Battalion that celebrated today the 17th anniversary.
During the ceremony, Minister Salaru referred to the Moldovan peacekeepers’ contribution to international peacekeeping missions, including the one in Kosovo where currently, the forth contingent of National Army soldiers is deployed. “KFOR is another proof that the 22nd Battalion is perfectly interoperable with the troops of the other 30 countries participating in this mission”, specified Anatol Salaru.
According to Commander of the 22nd Battalion, Maj. Ianac Deli, his unit has the mission to prepare and train the troops for peacekeeping operations and humanitarian missions.
The source specified that, over the past 17 years, the Battalion’s officers and NCOs participated in international exercises in Ukraine, Romania, Bulgaria, Albania, Macedonia, Armenia, Germany, Sweden, and the USA, as well as in UN missions in Liberia, the Ivory Coast, Sudan, and South Sudan as military observers.
During the event, the soldiers demonstrated weapon handling exercises, wrestling procedures, climbing exercises, fire phobia and organized exhibitions of military vehicles, weapons and equipment of the Battalion.
The 22nd Peacekeeping Battalion was established on May 11, 1999.