Bulgaria's Military Police to Train with Tennessee National GuardDefense | August 19, 2011, Friday // 20:23| views
File photo from January 2011 showing Major General Terry M. Haston, who is in charge of the US Army National Guard in Tennessee, (left) with Bulgarian Defense Minister Anyu Angelov (right).
Bulgaria's military police and special police forces are starting drills with the Tennessee National Guard, the Bulgarian Defense Ministry announced.
The joint military drills entitled "Watchful Guard 2011" will take place between August 20 and September 2, 2011, on the Novo Selo Training Ground in Southeastern Bulgaria, which is a joint-use training facility of the Bulgarian and US armed forces.
The Bulgarian participants will be units from the Military Police and the Special Police Forces Directorate, while the Tennessee National Guard will participate with instructors and servicemen.
According to the Defense Ministry, the drills are aimed at improving the training of its Military Police unit by covering the basic procedures and instructions under NATO's CREVAL standards and for peace-keeping missions.
As part of the Bulgarian-US military cooperation and partnership, Bulgaria is paired with the state of Tennessee (which is similar to Bulgaria in size and population) under the State Partnership Program of the US Department of Defense.
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