US EUCOM Humanitarian Mine Action Training for Georgian EOD (April 21)

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Today, four soldiers from the 702nd Ordnance Company (EOD), US Army Europe, U.S. European Command (US EUCOM) started a three week train-the-trainer event for the Explosives Ordinance Disposal (EOD) Company of the Georgian Armed Forces Engineer Brigade.

Colonel Gocha Shavgulidze, Commander of Engineer Brigade, opened the ceremony today and invited speeches from the U.S. Office of Defense Cooperation (US ODC), Tbilisi and the Georgia NATO Liaison Office. The US ODC Bilateral Affairs Officer, Major Colin Thompson, focused on the importance of the course to the current NATO Trust Fund IV operation and emphasized this event is a continuation of theeod outstanding partnership between Georgia and the United States.

Over the next three weeks, in support of the NATO/Partnership for Peace Trust Fund project “Georgia IV”, the EUCOM explosives experts will train 15 Georgian military engineers both at the Engineer Brigade and at Vaziani Training Area. This training will enhance the EOD Company’s capabilities of clearing mines and unexploded munitions to NATO level 1 and international humanitarian standards.