“Peace Shield 2014” is Over (VIDEO)
Chisinau, June 27, 2014 — About 200 Moldovan, Romanian and American soldiers participated at the peacekeeping exercise “Peace Shield — 2014”, that ended today, at the Military Training Center of Brigade “Moldova” from Balti. The event was attended by defense attachés accredited to Republic of Moldova.
At the exercise closing ceremony, Chief of Main Staff, National Army Commander, Col. Igor Gorgan appreciated the importance of the exercise for Moldovan servicemembers’ training, in compliance with the Operational Capabilities Concept (OCC).
The Commander of the National Army noted that the evaluated 22nd Peacekeeping Battalion Mortar Battery soldiers demonstrated, one more time, that they are well-trained, thanks to daily trainings and interoperability with the Romanian and American troops. “I want to thank both, Romanian and American colleagues, and foreign experts for assisting the National Army staff within this exercise. Thus, our partners, with their experience, supported Republic of Moldova to make one more step in fulfilling the duties as far as the participation in the peacekeeping missions is concerned”, Igor Gorgan stated.
The Commander of the exercise “Peace Shield 2014”, Col. Andrei Sevcenco, noted that the Mortar Battery was evaluated in compliance with OCC. In 2015, the unit will be certified to participate in UN-led peacekeeping missions as part of a battalion.
The quoted source specified that the Moldovan soldiers were evaluated by 10 observers of the National Army and 13 OCC experts, that assisted and observed the National Army units, by counseling and using the best practices from theaters of operations.
The infantry units carried out peacekeeping tactical missions at different training sites, including patrol, medical evacuation and resistance in case of attack, as well as control at checkpoints.
The National Army joined OCC in 2007.