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National Army Trains NATO-based Infantry Company

CHISINAU, June 28, 2011 — A contingent of National Army servicemen takes part in Peace Shield 2011 Exercise that started Monday, June 27, at Bulboaca Military Training Facility.

The exercise is meant to evaluate the National Army operational capabilities in fulfilling NATO-led peacekeeping missions. Subunits taking part in the exercise are a light infantry company of the 22nd Peacekeeping Battalion and a group of EOD engineers.

According to Brigadier Gen. Igor Cutie, Commander of Land Force Command, the main goal of the National Army taking part in the Operational Capabilities Concept (OCC) event is to raise the interoperability level with partner forces in compliance with Republic of Moldova legislation. The experience gathered throughout this process will contribute to the development and implementation of training and evaluation programs for all the military units. This is an important progress in term of the National Army reform process, Cutie specified.

Gen. Cutie stated the exercise brought together 9 National Army evaluators, who attended a few special courses abroad, 4 OCC (NATO) experts and 16 servicemen of North Carolina National Guard, USA, assisting the National Army subunits in applying the best experience gathered within theaters of operations.

Over 163 servicemen are engaged in Peace Shield 2011 exercise. Infantry and EOD engineer subunits will carry out 35 tactical peacekeeping drills on different training sites. Peacekeepers patrol in the area of responsibility, perform medical evacuation, convoy escort, guard strategic facilities and interfere in case of assault, checkpoint control operations. Participants use military vehicles, weapons and equipment of the National Army: BTR-80 wheeled armored vehicle, KAMAZ 43101, JEEP M1009 and other special equipment necessary for accomplishing NATO-based missions.

The National Army joined the Operational Capabilities Concept (OCC) in 2007. This concept is a cooperation tool within the Partnership for Peace Program designed to implement NATO-based standards in the training and evaluation process of declared subunits and readiness of Republic of Moldova for taking part in multinational peacekeeping operations.

Peace Shield 2011 Peacekeeping Exercise is held during June 27-30.

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