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    Albanian Lt. Eldi Ormeni helps keep the ship afloat at DEFENDER-Europe 21

    Albanian Lt. Eldi Ormeni helps keep the ship afloat at DEFENDER-Europe 21

    Photo By Staff Sgt. Elizabeth Bryson | Lt. Eldi Ormeni, Albanian Naval executive officer and military liaison officer,...... read more read more



    Story by Staff Sgt. Elizabeth Bryson 

    U.S. Army Europe and Africa   

    TIRANA, Albania– Lt. Eldi Ormeni, Albanian Naval, executive officer and military liaison officer (LNO), takes great pride in his job bringing together U.S. and Albanian Forces so that they might not only work more efficiently together, but also engage in meaningful relationships that form lasting bonds of friendship and cooperation, during Joint Logistics Over-the-Shore operations that took place during DEFENDER-Europe exercises this year in Durres, Albania.

    As LNO, it is Ormeni’s job to ‘keep the ship afloat’ by ensuring unity of effort while providing a link between the multinational military and civilian personnel involved in DEFENDER-Europe 21 exercises.

    Ormeni has worked long hours to help facilitate the logistics operations at the Port of Durres– organizing,coordinating, directing and translating for Albanian, U.S., and U.K. personnel in order to ensure unity of effort among multinational teams as they worked together during the massive operations that brought thousands of pieces of equipment and supplies to Albania– all of which will soon be forwarded to tens of thousands of multinational troops on the ground as they participate in DEFENDER-Europe 21 exercises here and throughout the European theater.

    While the bulk of his job is the important business of making joint operations run smoothly on the port and in the logistics support area (LSA) where U.S. Soldiers and Sailors are housed alongside Albanian naval personnel, he has also made sure that there are plenty of joint recreational activities after hours to bring the two nations together, including volleyball matches and a recent chess tournament.

    Ormeni said he learned from his time aboard ship the importance of morale and strives to foster a spirit of camaraderie among American and Albanian troops living and working together here.

    “We have tried to put together different games activities between Albanian forces and U.S. Armed forces so that they can build that relationship with each other,” he said.

    He added that these relationships are important because on top of ongoing training, where they are building professionalism, readiness and leadership skills‒ as well as expanding interoperability between partner nations‒ they are also getting to know each other and build friendships and trust that will allow them to work together seamlessly on future missions.

    Ormeni also helped coordinate recent training during which U.S. Army divers explored the underwater beauty of Vlore, Albania, alongside Albanian Navy divers from Pasha Limon Naval Base.

    “We have the diving team of Albania, with the Army diving team, that have been collaborating... working together and training on our waters,” Ormeni said. “They are exploring our waters and sharing experiences [with] each other… and learning from each other.”

    According to Ormeni, Albanian and U.S. commanders have been highly receptive to these joint training missions.

    “For me, having one of my divers training with U.S. divers is very important,” he said. “It makes me more confident and I know he is going to do a great job out there on the sea.”

    “Together we cannot be beaten,” added Ormeni. “We are stronger together.”

    DEFENDER-Europe 21 is a large-scale U.S. Army-led exercise designed to build readiness and interoperability between the U.S., NATO allies and partner militaries. This year, more than 28,000 multinational forces from 26 nations will conduct nearly simultaneous operations across more than 30 training areas in more than a dozen countries from the Baltics to the strategically important Balkans and Black Sea Region. Follow the latest news and information about DEFENDER-Europe 21, visit (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Elizabeth O. Bryson)



    Date Taken: 05.10.2021
    Date Posted: 05.12.2021 06:45
    Story ID: 396116
    Location: VLORE, AL

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