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Peace Shield Exercise – New Test of National Army Staff Skills

CHISINAU, June 25, 2012 — “Peace Shield Exercise is both, a training exercise of the National Army staff and an evaluation test of the national military units in compliance with the Operational Capabilities Concept (OCC). The OCC evaluation of units engaged in UN-led and other organizations-led international peacekeeping missions is a good opportunity for our further participation in such operations along with our partners from other states, Brigadier Gen. Vitalie Stoian, Chief of Main Staff, Commander of the National Army, stated during the opening ceremony of Peace Shield 2012 Exercise held at Bulboaca Training Site.

According to Gen. Stoian, the infantry company of the 22nd Peacekeeping Battalion and the EOD group of Codru EOD Battalion that are to be tested within the Peace Shield Exercise in compliance with the OCC requirements are ready for this exam from all points of view. “I believe these units are well prepared to be accredited at the international level and take part in foreign operations so that the Republic of Moldova becomes a supplier of security worldwide. Thus, we will make good steps in term of National Army professional development process”, the army commander stated.

According to Col. Iurii Bruma, leader of Peace Shield 2012 Exercise, compared to the year of 2011, this year, the exercise scenario is quite complex, involving also the main staff of a brigade, as well as a few logistics units. The professional abilities of the Moldovan military men will be graded by 10 national evaluators, supported by 3 officers from Italy and Portugal.

The quoted source also said that, in the first two weeks of training, a contingent of US and North Carolina National Guard marine officers evaluated the Moldovan service members. The observers team consists of US, Jordan and Romanian army officers. “Our fellows from the Jordan Army are here to learn our experience in preparing and holding the second OCC-based evaluation level. This year, the Jordan military men have successfully passed the first-level OCC evaluation tests”, Col. Bruma specified.

The OCC-based National Army operational evaluation process started in 2007 and consists of two levels. Each level has the national and international evaluation stage. The first level national evaluation took place in summer 2008. In 2009, Moldovan peacekeepers passed the first level international evaluation. In 2011, the second level national evaluation was held and this year, our officers will be tested by foreign experts as part of the second level international evaluation process.

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