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September 29, 2022

Two Romanian soldiers marry in Afghanistan

According to the Romanian MoD, Junior Lieutenant Alexan­dru Iulian Ilie, from the 811th Infantry Battalion, and Junior Lieutenant Diana Elena Macovei, from the 812th Infantry Battalion, have married on Saturday within the Apache Base located in Zabul Province, Afghanistan. The event is unique in the theaters of operations in which the Romanian Army has participated until now.

The ceremony was attended by Colonel James Blackburn, commander of Combined Team Zabul (CTZ), his deputy, Colonel Dorin Blaiu, representatives of the multinational force and of the Afghan National Army, CTZ officers and junior officers, and soldiers of the 811th Infantry Battalion. Romanian Minister of Defence Gabriel Oprea congratulated the two soldiers, assuring them that the Romanian Army is fully by their side and will support their young family.

The soldiers, both aged 25, met in 2004 and were part of the same company during their studies at the Land Forces Academy. Their love story started in the autumn of 2008 when they were following the courses for platoon commanders at the Centre of Instruction for Infantry and Mountain Troops in Fagaras. After finalizing their studies in March 2009 they were sent to the Bistrita garrison. Alexandru and Diana are the parents of Sasa Elena, a girl that is currently in the care of her grandparents.

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