National Army Military Training Base Modernized Within GPOI Program
CHISINAU, August 10, 2017 — Deputy Chief of National Army General Staff, Col. Eduard Ohladciuc, together with Ambassador of the USA in the Republic of Moldova, James Pettit, visited today the National Army Military training base to observe the reconstruction and modernization process of the military base that is being renovated in the framework of the Global Peace Operations Initiative (GPOI), funded by the U.S. Government.
The officials visited the multifunctional target range and the two shooting ranges that were modernized during the project’s first stage and the annexes of three barracks that are being reconstructed. Ambassador Pettit and Col. Ohladciuc also visited the military base’s general staff that is used for theoretical training and the tactical town that will be renovated and used for practical training of National Army service members deployed to UN peacekeeping operations.
Col. Ohladciuc thanked the U.S. Government for the constant support offered to the National Army through various training and assistance programs, including those within the GPOI. “We joined this program because we wanted to improve the training conditions for National Army service members who are participating in UN international peacekeeping missions and the USA offered us this possibility. We continue to rely on the support of our American partners and we hope to conduct activities that would benefit the armies of both countries”, said Col. Ohladciuc.
The GPOI was established in 2004 and represent the USA’s contribution to the G8 Action Plan for Expanding Global Capability for Peace Support Operations. Since 1997 and so far, service members from over 53 countries had been trained in the framework of GPOI and previous similar initiatives.
The Republic of Moldova joined GPOI in 2012 aiming to improve the training conditions for National Army service members deployed to UN international peacekeeping missions. The Program includes the modernization of the National Army Military training base.
The National Army has been participating in international peacekeeping missions since 1997, with a total of almost 300 officers and NCOs in Iraq, Liberia, Sudan, South Sudan, Ivory Coast, Central African Republic, Georgia, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, and Kosovo.