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Admiral Ferguson praises Romania for contribution to NATO

U.S. Navy Admiral Mark Ferguson, Commander of Allied Joint Force Command Naples  praised Romania for its valuable ally role within NATO and said he expects more significant future contributions from the country.

“I am honored to be here to mark the significant progress made toward strengthening the NATO alliance. This progress was made possible by the hardworking and dedicated Romanian and international staff members here at Multinational Division Southeast”, Admiral Ferguson said at the MDN-SE headquarters, host of the Dacian Lynx 2016 exercise. The staff possesses ‘critical capabilities’, including the ability to command and control the NATO Force Integration Units in Romania & Bulgaria (…) From what I have witnessed today, and from the reports I received from my staff as they observed exercise Dacian Lynx, Multinational Division Southeast is not only on track but exceeding our very stringent requirements”.

JFC Naples serves as the operational command of Multinational Division Southeast and further sent 10 multinational staff members to advise and assist during the critical exercise.

Multinational Division Southeast (MND-SE) headquarters commander, Brigadier General Ovidiu Uifaleanu, said the multi-echelon exercise involves a live connection with JFC Naples.

“We have the command and control on the two force integration units in Sofia and Bucharest, using two platforms for training by simulation, existing in Romania for 10 years. We are trying to prove to ourselves whether we are capable of coordinating the two units to ensure a quick movement and intervention of Allied forces in Southeastern Europe,” General Uifaleanu explained.

 

Admiral Ferguson sends condolence to families of Romanian soldiers killed in Afghanistan

 

Allied Joined Force Command Naples commander U.S. Admiral Mark E. Ferguson, III sent on Wednesday condolence to the families and comrades of the two Romanian soldiers killed in Afghanistan last Saturday.

I want to begin by extending my condolence to the family and the brothers and sisters-in-arms of the two fallen Romanian Armed Forces soldiers who lost their lives fulfilling their duties in NATO’s Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan. As they are laid to rest today, all of us at NATO will remember their sacrifice and be forever grateful for their service to their country and to NATO, Admiral Ferguson declared at the Multinational Division Southeast, host of the exercise Dacian Lynx 2016.

Two Romanian troops were killed and one injured on Saturday near Kandahar, during a training mission for the Afghan police.

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