SKOPJE, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia -- A Distinguished Visitor Day for Exercise Dragoon Guardian 17 took place at the Army Training Area Krivolak, July 31, 2017.
NATO Liaison Office Skopje was represented at the visitor day by its chief, Slovenian Navy Capt. Gorazd Bartol, and advisors. Several government officials from the host country were also present at the ceremony, to include Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, Defence Minister Radmila Shekerinska, Minister of Interior Oliver Spasovski and American Ambassador Jess Baily.
Dragoon Guardian 17, which started on July 26, and is slated to run until Aug. 8, is a bilateral exercise between the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and the U.S. Approximately 300 U.S. troops, along with more than 100 military vehicles, from U.S. Army Europe arrived from Bulgaria to participate in the exercise alongside nearly 100 members of an engineer battalion within the 1st Mechanized Infantry Brigade.
During the visitor’s day, military units from the two participating nations demonstrated building runways for unmanned aerial vehicles. Equipment and weapons that were used during the exercise in the cities of Kumanovo, Skopje, Veles and Shtip, were also demonstrated.
The exercise was aimed at enhancing operating procedures and improving the interoperability, mutual understanding and trust, as well strengthening cooperation.
Story by NATO Advisory Team, NLO Skopje
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