Troops of the 2nd Infantry Battalion ‘Calugăreni’, ready for a new mission in Afghanistan, had their departure ceremony on Thursday in the presence of National Defence Minister Mihnea Motoc, Chief of General Staff, General Nicolae Ciuca, presidential advisor Ion Oprisor and other officials of the Romanian Army.
The Army has to benefit from a good battle training and proper endowment, President Klaus Iohannis transmitted on this occasion. “Your presence in Afghanistan, as well as your colleagues’ in the Western Balkans is part of the responsibilities Romania shares as member of the European and Euro-Atlantic community. Our country has assumed obligations it has to respect. Moreover, the experience accumulated in these operations theatres and the joint cooperation with the other armies present in Afghanistan contribute to the organization of a modern, performing, mobile Romanian army, capable to fulfil in good conditions its specific missions. (…) You are going to participate in combat missions, but you also have responsibilities in assuring conditions for supporting the Afghan people in its effort to settle peace, social and political stability in this hard-tried country. I’m looking forward to see you back home with the satisfaction of a job well done, to prove, like you did until now, that Romania’s Army is a good ambassador of our country! I’m with you and I also express my full support for what you are expected to do next,” Iohannis asserted in his message read at the ceremony by presidency advisor Ion Oprisor.
According to the National Defence Ministry (MApN), the 2nd Infantry Battalion ‘Calugareni’ has completed so far several missions abroad: UNAVEM (1995) and MONUA (1998 – 1999) in Angola, Antica Babilonia in Iraq (2005) and ISAF in Afghanistan (2006 – 2007, 2011).
For the professionalism proved during the international missions, battalion received the medal ‘In the service of peace’ (for the UNAVEM III mission), the ‘Military Virtue’ Order in rank of Knight with signs for war, the ‘Non-Article 5’ NATO medal (for the ISAF mission), the ‘Military Virtue’ Order in rank of Officer with sign for the military, for war, and the honour badges of the Romanian Army, of the General Staff and of the Land Forces.