Over 2,800 troops from ten countries trained together during Saber Guardian Exercise

Ambassador Hans Klemm meets the U.S. troops at Cincu. Cincu, Romania, August 4, 2016 (Lucian Crusoveanu / Public Diplomacy Office)
Ambassador Hans Klemm meets the U.S. troops at Cincu. Cincu, Romania, August 4, 2016 (Lucian Crusoveanu / Public Diplomacy Office)

Ambassador Hans Klemm participated Thursday, August 4, in the Saber Guardian 16 exercise DV Day in Cincu, Braşov, Romania. Saber Guardian 16 took place between July 27 and August 7 and involved more than 2,800 troops from five NATO countries (Bulgaria, Canada, Poland, Romania and the USA) and five Partnership for Peace states (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Republic of Moldova and Ukraine).

“This by no means is the only time in 2016 that the United States and the Romanian military will be working together. In fact, in this year alone there will be some 170 exercises, either on a bilateral basis or within the NATO alliance”, the Ambassador told the media present in Cincu.

U.S. Army Europe Commanding General Lieutenant General Ben Hodges talked about the importance of the Black Sea region for all the NATO allies and said that 2017 will be a “fantastic year in terms of U.S. – Romanian bilateral training opportunities.” He mentioned that for next year there will be an even more visible manifestation of the U.S. commitment to security in the Black Sea Region.

Saber Guardian is an annual multinational exercise hosted alternately by Romania, Bulgaria and Ukraine. The exercise is part of U.S. European Command’s Joint Exercise Program designed to enhance joint combined interoperability with allied and partner nations.