Cooperation and training continues between US and regional forces
Author: By Irakli Aladashvili
Beginning on July 18 and ending on August 1, up to one thousand Georgian and U.S. military personnel underwent training that aimed to prepare them to safely neutralize rioters and to conduct peace operations. The training exercise has been given the name Agile Spirit and took place on the Vaziani polygon.
Agile Spirit in Vaziani, where the fourth infantry brigade of the Georgian armed forces is located, began July 18. About 450 Georgian soldiers, along with 350 marines of the U.S. navy corps participated in the training; they are part of the 11th rotational forces of the Black Sea and have been stationed in Romania in the city of Constanta for the past year.
According to official information, the aim of the training is to increase interaction between the two military units, help them exchange experience and skills, as well as strengthen their ability to conduct peace operations and disperse rioters.
The U.S. marines also have the task of preparing Georgia’s fourth infantry brigade before they are deployed to Afghanistan.
Two years ago, in September of 2009, the U.S. marines began training the third infantry brigade of the Georgian armed forces at the Krtsanisi military training center for participation in the ISAF operation in Afghanistan.