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Macedonian army Maj. Zoran Milenkoski and Maj.Ljupco Karanfilovski pose for a photo with U.S. Army National Guard Capt. Mark Bowen (center) at Fort Drum, N.Y., Aug. 13, 2013. The 86th IBCT is participating in an Exportable Combat Training Center rotation in preparation for Joint Readiness Training Center rotation in 2014. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman Jeffrey Tatro)

FORT DRUM, N.Y. – Members of the Macedonian army are training through combined operations with the 186th Brigade Support Battalion (BSB) here, from Aug. 4 and scheduled to stay until Aug. 19.

Both Maj. Zoran Milenkoski, commander of the supply and transport center, and Maj. Ljupco Karanfilovski, maintenance officer in the joint operations command, in the Macedonian Army are working with the 186th BSB to learn and observe various operations and to compare with the American forces how they perform those same operations at home.

Many of the observations have been on operations that Milenkowski and Karanfilovski already perform, but they are now able to see different tactics and methods and can view the operations on a different scale.

“This type of experience is good for us,” Milenkowski said. “A good chance to learn how the army does this kind of thing. We are all logistical soldiers, but do things differently. Each army has a different way to support units, the change of experience is good for both sides.”

Milenkowski and Karanfilovski are not the only members of the Macedonian Army currently training with the 186th BSB; other Macedonian service members are actively training
with other units. This type of combined training is fairly common, said Capt. Mark Bowen, of the 186th BSB. The Vermont National Guard has a relationship with Macedonia as part of the State Partnership Program.

“I think it’s been a great experience,” said Bowen. “A good exchange of information we both can learn from each other.”


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Date Taken:08.13.2013

Date Posted:08.19.2013 08:16

Location:FORT DRUM, NY, USGlobe


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