US, Georgia sign Memorandum of Partnership (October 27)

usgeoOn October 27, Georgian Maj. Gen. Vakhtang Kapanadze, Chief of the General Staff, Georgian Armed Forces, and Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, commanding general, U.S. Army Europe, signed a Memorandum of Partnership between the two units in Wiesbaden, Germany.

The purpose of the memorandum is to establish a unit partnership program, fostering recurring familiarization among U.S. Army units and units of the Georgian Armed Forces.

The program will promote active relationships with Georgian units, which will contribute directly to the mutual appreciation and understanding of USAREUR training and deployment requirements; enhance the ability of high-priority units to train together during dwell periods; allow for personal and professional relationships among junior officers; and permit cross-cultural experiences.

Training relationships with Georgian units also provide a unique opportunity for U.S. units to develop and sustain long-term, close relationships with key allied units with which they may deploy.