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    Bond between Romania and United States deepens during Operation Resolute Castle

    Bond between Romania and United States deepens during Operation Resolute Castle

    Photo By Capt. Matthew Gilbert | Col. Robey Brantley, Officer in Charge of Operation Resolute Castle, 194th Engineer...... read more read more

    CINCU, Romania – The Tennessee Army National Guard’s 194th Engineer Brigade, the lead for Operation Resolute Castle, briefed the military construction progress and success of Operation Resolute Castle to several distinguished visitors on August 4, 2016 at Cincu Training Center, Romania.

    Resolute Castle, a United States Army-led construction mission to improve military bases across Eastern Europe, stretches from Estonia to Hungary, Romania, and Bulgaria.

    The focus of other operations in the area – Anakonda, Saber Guardian, Dragoon Ride – has been combat training. Operation Resolute Castle is unique, in that it provides an opportunity to strengthen local economies, improve relationships with host nations, and reinforce regional security by increasing the military infrastructure of area bases.

    This occasion allowed the 194th En. Bde. to describe the operation's successes and to unveil additional plans for coming years. In Bulgaria and Romania, U.S. Army Engineers and U.S. Navy Seabees worked hand-in-hand with host nation personnel on numerous live-fire joint training operations as well as expanding firing ranges for large-scale exercises. In Estonia, U.S. Army Engineers have built roads and storage areas to increase the training capabilities of Estonian Army’s Central Training Area as well as completed several humanitarian projects for local schools and villages.

    Senior Military Commanders and diplomats from both Romania and the U.S. attended the briefing.

    One notable person in attendance was Hans Klemm, the U.S. Ambassador to Romania. Having held this position since September 2015, Klemm brings a very impressive resume to the table, including former Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, former director of rule of law programs in Afghanistan, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Human Resources, and Acting Director General of the Foreign Service. His presence at Cincu Training Range signifies the growing strength of the relationship between Romania and the United States of America.

    Also in attendance was Chief of the Romanian Army’s General Staff, General Nicolai-Ionel Ciuca. Dubbed the “Desert General”, Ciuca supported the U.S. Army’s combat missions in Afghanistan and Iraq with combat deployments between 2002-2004. He was appointed to his current position in 2015, and since his appointment he has focused on increasing the Romanian Army’s participation in NATO operations.

    Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, Commanding General of United States Army Europe, was also present. Hodges has worked his way through the ranks, holding several important military positions. For the 101st Airborne division, he has held command positions at Company, Battalion, and Brigade levels. For the XVIII Airborne Corps, he held the position of Chief of Staff. With regard to Europe, he held the position of Commander, NATO Allied Land Command, from 2012 to 2014.

    With the likes of Hodges, Ciuca, and Klemm in attendance, the bond between the U.S. Army and Romania continues to grow, showing a strong sign of continued peace in the region.



    Date Taken: 08.04.2016
    Date Posted: 08.19.2016 09:19
    Story ID: 207677
    Location: CINCU, RO

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