US Office of Defense Cooperation in Georgia

The United States European Command Office of Defense Cooperation (ODC) plans and executes security assistance and cooperation programs with the Ministry of Defense of Georgia.  These programs seek to build Georgian capacity to contribute to coalition security and stabilization operations and to transform and develop the Georgian Armed Forces institutions, systems, and practices.   

The Georgia Deployment Program – ISAF, led by the United States Marine Corps, prepares Georgian infantry battalions to conduct counter-insurgency operations in support of the International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) in Regional Command South, Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

The International Military Education and Training Program sends military officials to the United States for professional military education.

Military-to-Military Contact Events are for to share and exchange best practices and experience in myriad military themes, as well as security assistance in the form of mobile training teams, defense advisory support, and defense articles.

The Office of Defense Cooperation also plans and executes all humanitarian assistance projects sponsored by United States European Command, including projects to improve orphanages and homes for the socially vulnerable and medical clinics and services.

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To help Georgia with vaccination efforts in the regions, the U.S. Embassy’s Office of Defense Cooperation (ODC) donated a $50,000 low-temperature plasma sterilizer to the Regional Healthcare Center in Kutaisi. This donation is part of more than $1,000,000 in funding from U.S. EUCOM, provided to Georgia through the Humanitarian Assistance Program.

U.S. Embassy Tbilisi’s Office of Defense Cooperation (ODC) handed over 89 computers and printers to the Ministry of IDPs from the Occupied Territories, Labor, Health, and Social Affairs of Georgia in support of the Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) elimination program, through which the ministry works to decentralize to ensure increased access to the treatment across the regions of Georgia.
ODC’s Bilateral Affairs Officer, Major Quintin Doll, delivered part of this donation to the clinic in the village Galavani, Mtskheta Municipality, where he was greeted by Davit Torua, Deputy Director of LEPL Emergency Situations Coordination and Urgent Assistance Center. This donation of digital equipment was made possible through the U.S. Department of Defense Humanitarian Assistance program, which has been actively involved in supporting Georgia’s humanitarian needs.

To help Georgia fight the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Government donated three ultra-low temperature freezers to NCDC to support Georgia’s readiness and administration efforts. This donation is part of more than $1,000,000 in funding from U.S. EUCOM, provided to Georgia through the Humanitarian Assistance Program.

Through USEUCOM’s Humanitarian Assistance program, the U.S. Embassy’s Office of Defense Cooperation, with the support of the local Georgian National Guard, handed over a road grader to the Senaki municipality. This $98,000 donation will increase the municipality’s disaster preparedness and response capabilities and support the local government to improve the road infrastructure to the surrounding villages.

The U.S. Government, through its Office of Defense Cooperation, donated $267,000 in ultrasound, video-endoscopy and cardiology equipment to the Georgian Veterans’ Clinical Hospital, which will enable the facility to provide better medical services to the population, and specialized treatment for veterans. This donation was part of more than $500,000 in funding from U.S. EUCOM, provided to the Veterans’ Clinical Hospital through its Humanitarian Assistance Program.

Deputy Chief of Mission Rian Harris, Parliament of Georgia Defense and Security Committee Chair – Irakli Beraia, First Deputy Chair – Aleksandre Tabatadze and deputy chairs – Vladimer Chachibaia and Teona Akubardia participated in the hand-over ceremony. The donation of the equipment was made possible through our close partnership with Georgian National Guard which was represented by Deputy Commander Colonel Koba Akhvlediani.

The U.S. Embassy Office of Defense Cooperation (ODC) donated $25,000 worth of medical equipment to the Regional Healthcare Center, through which Oni medical facility can better manage COVID-19 patients. With the donated equipment, the Oni medical center will now have the capacity to treat patients locally instead of transporting them at longer distances in other medical facilities to receive required treatment. Through its Humanitarian Assistance program, ODC has supported the Regional Healthcare Center, which is the largest state hospital network in Georgia, with up to $100,000 equipment to increase the Center’s capacity to provide quality healthcare to the population during the COVID-19 pandemic. The donation is part of the larger effort from US EUCOM to assist the Government of Georgia in providing essential services to its populace.

On 20 May, the U.S. Embassy Office of Defense Cooperation handed over a $20,000 bus to the Sachkhere Municipality through its Humanitarian Assistance program. The bus will be used by the Municipality for an Integrated Activities Day Center, run by the Georgian Red Cross Society to support elderly populations, families of missing and lost individuals in war, veterans, internally displaced individuals, families living close to the administrative boundary line, socially disadvantaged persons and other vulnerable groups receiving support from the Municipality. The donation is part of a larger effort from US EUCOM to assist the Government of Georgia in providing essential services to its populace.

To help Georgia fight the COVID-19 pandemic and improve the medical diagnostic capabilities of remote hospitals, the U.S. Government donated new ultrasound systems to the Rukhi University Hospital and Kazbegi Municipality Medical Center. The new equipment is worth $50,000. The ultrasound system donated to Rukhi University Hospital recently received clearance from the U.S Food and Drug Administration for use managing COVID-19 related lung and cardiac complications and will be a valuable tool for clinicians treating COVID-19 patients, due to its imaging capabilities, portability, and ease of disinfection. The system donated to the Kazbegi hospital will be used to treat patients in the remote villages of the region. This donation is part of a larger effort from the U.S. Department of Defense, provided to Georgia through the Humanitarian Assistance Program, to improve the Government’s ability to respond to the pandemic.

The United States is proud to continue to work with our Georgian partners to protect the health and safety of the people of Georgia. Today, the U.S. Embassy delivered the final batch of its PPE assistance to the Central Election Commission. This donation of over $73,000 worth of latex gloves, face shield masks, and disinfectants was possible through the U.S. European Command’s Humanitarian Assistance project. The equipment will help the CEC to conduct the October elections in the safest conditions possible.

With the support of the U.S. Government, orphaned children with disabilities will now live in a home-type environment and receive individual medical care. The newly constructed building will be handed over to the Georgian Government to support its efforts to decentralize large orphanages. The U.S. Department of Defense Humanitarian Assistance program supported the project with funding of approximately 1.2 million GEL, and Ambassador Kelly Degnan helped open the orphanage today.

The U.S. European Command Office of Defense Cooperation (ODC), through the U.S. Department of Defense Humanitarian Assistance (HA) Program, donated several heavy-duty vehicles to the Mtskheta and Dusheti Municipalities. Four units of heavy and light equipment (road grader, forklift, and two pickup trucks) are ready to serve the community of Mtskheta and Dusheti municipalities. This donation is part of the U.S. European Command’s larger effort to assist Georgia in improving its emergency preparedness and response capabilities through equipment and training.

The U.S. Embassy’s Office of Defense Cooperation (ODC) donated over $15,000 worth of locally produced disposable medical gowns and coverall suits, as well as IR thermometers to the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia (MoIA) to aid Georgia’s efforts in managing COVID-19 pandemic. The ODC is MoIA’s long-time partner, supporting the ministry in various areas, including in emergency preparedness and response and enhancing the capability of the Georgian Coast Guard.

Yesterday, we were pleased to assist the Ministry of IDPs from the Occupied Territories, Labour, Health, and Social Affairs of Georgia. with 7,500 locally-made disposable medical gowns.
The U.S. Government continues to work closely with Georgia in its fight against COVID-19, assisting the Government, local organizations, and people so that we can get through this together.
Special thanks to our Office of Defense Cooperation and the U.S. Department of Defense Humanitarian Assistance program for making this latest assistance possible.