Anniversaries in the National Army
CHISINAU, May 18, 2019 — The staff of the 22nd Peacekeeping Battalion marked today the 20th anniversary, within a ceremony held at Military Compound 142 and attended by unit’s veterans, pupils from Chisinau, soldiers’ parents and relatives.
During the event, Minister of Defense Eugen Sturza congratulated the Battalion’s military and civilian staff and appreciated their performance during bilateral and multinational exercises and international peacekeeping missions.
“You are the ambassadors of the Republic of Moldova in Kosovo, where alongside military from other countries, you contribute to regional security. I am certain that you will also participate in other missions — we intend to deploy National Army peacekeepers to other theaters of operations because we have professional service members, trained in international elite schools, who tested their interoperability and proved that they are ready for this type of missions,” said Eugen Sturza.
According to the unit’s Commander, Maj. Ion Cotofana, over the past 20 years, the Battalion’s officers and NCOs have participated in UN missions in Liberia, the Ivory Coast, Sudan, and South Sudan as military observers, in the post-conflict rehabilitation operation in Iraq, as well as in national and international exercises in Albania, Armenia, Bulgaria, Germany, Macedonia, Romania, Sweden, USA, and Ukraine.
On the occasion of the anniversary, as well as for service performances, a group of unit’s officers and NCOs received National Army medals and diplomas.
The event also included the presentation of tactical exercises of the infantry subunits during peacekeeping missions, wrestling exercises, as well as an exhibition of the Battalion’s military vehicles and weapons.
Also today, another festivity marked the Unit’s Day for the staff of the Anti-Air Missile Regiment. The ceremony was attended by representatives of the National Army Commanding Corps, former unit commanders, veterans, pupils and citizens of Durlesti.
Deputy Chief of National Army General Staff, Col. Eduard Ohladciuc, mentioned that the regiment always has had and keeps having an important role in defending the air space, a mission that is fulfilled due to the service members’ professionalism and dedication that have been shown throughout the past 27 years.
Col. Ohladciuc requested the unit’s staff’s commitment in the implementation of the defense sector’s reformation and specified that each of them can contribute to the achievement of the army’s strategic objective — to have a force that is ready to fulfil its missions.
The event included an exhibition of the unit’s vehicles and a musical program presented by the service members.