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National Army Commander Attends “Rapid Trident 2012” Exercise

Chisinau, July 25, 2012 — The Chief of Main Staff, Commander of the National Army, Brigadier Gen. Vitalie Stoian, attended the Rapid Trident 2012 Distinguished Visitors’ Day event held July 25, at Yavorov Training Site from Ukraine.

According to the agenda, Brigadier Gen. Vitalie Stoian attended a briefing of familiarization with the concept of Rapid Trident 2012 exercise, observed the tactical exercises on the training ground and visited the Land Force Academy from Lvov. The National Army Commander met with Maj. Gen. Veaceslav Nazarkin, the Deputy Directors of the exercise, Col. David Markowski, as well as Brigadier Gen. Michael Bills, Deputy Commander of the US Army in Europe.

Brigadier Gen. Michael Bills highly appreciated the Moldovan service members’ professional skills. “The Moldovan army staff possesses high peace building capacities. I am impressed by what I’ve seen today, the cooperation among contingents at carrying out missions, including the Republic of Moldova service members’ professionalism”, Michael Bills. In his turn, Gen. Stoian revealed the role of this exercise for the National Army staff training.

The National Army Commander met with the Moldovan service members participating in the exercise and thanked them for the great performance recorded at Yavorov. “You have proven one more time that the National Army of the Republic of Moldova is well-trained and prepared for peacekeeping operations. Our partners highly appreciated your professionalism”, Gen. Vitalie Stoian stated.

During his visit to the Land Force Academy from Lvov, Vitalie Stoian gave the Museum of the Institution a uniform worn by the students of Alexandru cel Bun Military Academy of the Armed Forces.

This year, “Rapid Trident” exercise has brought together about 1500 military men from 16 countries such as: Austria, Latvia, Romania, Moldova, Bulgaria, Denmark, Ukraine, Belarus, Canada, Poland, Slovenia, Azerbaijan, Serbia, Great Britain, Norway and the USA. The National Army deployed about 90 service members to the exercise.

“Rapid Trident” is a Partnership for Peace Multinational Peacekeeping Exercise which the National Army joined in 2007.

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