Thursday, June 07, 2007

Macedonia-US military cooperation

Macedonian Army today will brief Tuesday to the members of the Vermont National Guard over the professionalization of the Macedonian military in its transformation to meet NATO interoperalibility standards.

Major General Michael Dubie, Vermont's Adjutant General, will give lecture at ARM Center in Skopje on the theme "Support of Vermont National Guard to civil authorities in crisis situations".

The members of the Vermont National Guard will meet with the ARM Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Miroslav Stojanovski and the Minister of Defense Lazar Elenovski.

Also on the agenda are meetings of chief petty officers of the Vermont National Guard and of ARM.

Established in 1995 through the State Partnership Program of the U.S. European Command, the Partnership began as primarily a military-to-military relationship between the Macedonian Army and the Vermont National Guard. The Partnership has grown, and this year includes crisis management exercises, the establishment of university partnerships, economic development discussions, and support for a Macedonian youth baseball organization.

The Partnership with Vermont has been an important venue for bilateral contact. It has resulted in over 540 joint events that have included over 6,000 members of the Macedonian Army.

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