A demonstrative training of the Georgian-U.S. military exercise “Agile Spirit 2013” was held at the Vaziani firing-range.
The Georgian and American military units conducted search and cordon operations. In the final part of the model training a wounded military serviceman was evacuated by a helicopter. A demonstrative exercise was performed according to the ISAF operational tactic.
Minister of Defence Irakli Alasania attended a conclusive part of combined military exercise-“the training is of great importance. It is one more successful exercise organized jointly with American Marines Forces. During the military drills, a joint HQs was set up for leading operations together with U.S. military forces during which an accent was made on fulfilling battalion-level missions. What is more important is that our battalion commanders and officers gained additional combat experience. Our military equipment including armored vehicles also took part in the training. At the moment we are testing them after which we will decide to continue national military industrial program or not. Larger, brigade -level trainings are planned in future too when our partner countries would be able to participate in it. Discussion over the issue is underway and next year we will be able to host another larger-scale military drills,” said Irakli Alasania.
Defence Attaches of foreign countries accredited to Georgia and members of the Parliament of Georgia attended Vaziani firing-range. A demonstrative exercise went on in presence of Brigadier General James S. O'Meara Deputy Commander U.S. Marine Forces Europe.
An active phase of “Agile Spirit 2013” came to an end marked by conducting a demonstrative training. Georgian and American military fulfilled the ISAF mission tasks through joint efforts. Journalists also took part in the training. They underwent special preparation for working in combat environment.
“It is very important for us that the journalists should be equipped with all the needed skills for covering combat operations. Such kind of trainings will continue in future too. An adequate coverage of the event will only help increase of awareness of the society-will it be training or combat operation,” said Minister of Defence of Georgia. An official closing ceremony of “Agile Spirit 2013” will be held tomorrow.