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Commander of North Carolina National Guard Visits National Army

Chisinau, June 16, 2014 — The Commander of US North Carolina National Guard (NCNG), Maj. Gen. Gregory Lusk, is visiting the National Army, within June 15-19.

Thus, on Monday, June 16, the American official met with the Ministry of Defense to discuss the cooperation between the two armies.

Valeriu Troenco appreciated the US support in the reform of defense sector and expressed his confidence that the partnership between the Moldovan military institution and NCNG will continue. “Since 1994, about 400 Moldovan soldiers were trained in different US specialized institutions, including North Carolina. This thing is very important for us, because we became a European army and a more efficient unit of command”, the Minister noted.

Maj. Gen. Gregory Lusk noticed the dynamic cooperation between the two defense institutions. “Since we started our cooperation, Republic of Moldova has always proved to be a reliable partner. We have noticed considerable achievements in the process of reform and common projects implemented in the National Army”, the American official said.

The American delegation also met with Chief of Main Staff and National Army Commander, Col. Igor Gorgan. The officials discussed the US support in the deployment of the Moldovan contingent in KFOR mission from Kosovo.

Col. Gorgan thanked the American party for the provided support and pointed out that the participation of the National Army in peacekeeping missions gives the Moldovan Armed Forces the possibility to improve their capabilities and enhance interoperability.

While in Republic of Moldova, the Commander of US North Carolina National Guard (NCNG), Maj. Gen. Gregory Lusk will visit “Moldova” Brigade, the 22nd Peacekeeping Battalion and Engineer Battalion “Codru”.

The cooperation between NCNG and the National Army of the Republic of Moldova started in 1996, with Military-to-Military Program (M2M).

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