11:28 07.11.2016

Commander of U.S. Forces visits National Army Academy, Yavoriv training area

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Commander of U.S. Forces visits National Army Academy, Yavoriv training area

The U.S. delegation headed by commander of the U.S. Army Europe, Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges has visited the National Army Academy named after Hetman Petro Sahaidachny and International Peacekeeping and Security Center (Yavoriv training area).

"During his visit to the educational establishment, the foreign visitor delivered the lecture for the officers and cadets on leadership and decision-making, as well as discussed current issues on the organization of combat training units, military training and many other issues," the press service of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry said.

Hodges and Head of the National Academy of Land Forces Lt. Gen. of the Ukrainian Armed Forces Pavlo Tkachuk drew attention to the urgency of the Ukrainian-American cooperation in the field of defense and noted peculiarities of Ukrainian servicemen training by foreign instructors.

The next day, the U.S. delegation visited the Yavoriv training area.

"During their stay foreign guests visited the newly created department of planning (of organization and security) "Range control", and also opened a new section for throwing grenades according to NATO standards," the statement said.

In addition, in other parts of the Yavoriv training area, representatives of the U.S. delegation visited classes in tactical training, became familiar with the specifics of snipers’ training and monitored the preparation of a battalion of the 80th separate airborne assault brigade under the guidance of American instructors.

Subsequently, Hodges and Tkachuk discussed the prospects of development of the Training Centre of training units and ways to improve the training facilities and infrastructure of training area.

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