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Minister of Defense Inspects the Military Compound 142

CHISINAU, July 10, 2019 — Minister of Defense Pavel Voicu, together with National Army Commander, Brig. Gen. Igor Gorgan, paid an unannounced visit to the military compound 142 from Chisinau, in order to check the units’ activity, the training process, and the infrastructure’s and military vehicles’ conditions.

Pavel Voicu inspected the 22nd Peacekeeping Battalion, the Special Forces Battalion, the Guard Battalion, and the Military Topographic Base and talked with unit commanders about the problems they are facing during everyday activities.

The Minister of Defense also familiarized with the military compound’s infrastructure — the medical office, canteen, bathrooms, barracks, training rooms, and vehicles and weapons depots.

At the end of the visit, Pavel Voicu assessed the conditions in various areas as unsatisfactory — old military vehicles, buildings in need of repair, broken furniture. Moreover, the soldiers are not trained according to the requirements.

“I am deeply disappointed by what I have discovered in the military compound — the barracks and bathrooms are in deplorable conditions, with furniture that is either broken or totally missing; there is squalor in the basements; the units’ green areas are unkept; the military vehicles are worn out and inadequately kept; the depots are full of objects that should have been thrown in the garbage bin a long time ago. I can add that the staff’s training did not impress me as well — some soldiers are not trained according to the requirements and do not know how to report to a superior,” said the official.

Finally, Minister Voicu ordered the urgent establishment of a committee which will assess all the deficiencies and will draw up a plan for their correction.

All the military units will be inspected by the leadership of the Ministry of Defense and the National Army and the conclusions and correction measures will be presented to the Government.

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