Military exercise between USA-Bulgaria-Romania
More than 800 U.S. soldiers on Monday ended two months of joint land and air military exercises with hundreds of Romanian and Bulgarian troops.
The Proof of Principle 2007 exercises took place at the Mihail Kogalniceanu air base near the Black Sea, which the U.S. military uses under a 10-year agreement signed by U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and former Romanian Foreign Minister Razvan Ungureanu in Dec. 2005.
The troops took part in “tactical training scenarios leading up to very complex … live-fire exercises,” said Col. Peri Anest, who was in charge. They also learned how to fire each others’ weapons, and took part in air traffic control, ambush and parachuting exercises, he said.
Exercises started in Romania on Aug. 17 and involved about 270 Romanian troops. U.S. troops also took part in exercises in Bulgaria, which finished earlier this month. Both Romania and Bulgaria, NATO members, are staunch allies of the U.S.
U.S. soldiers came from Heidelberg and Baumholder in Germany, and the Vicenza base in Italy. Some will remain in Romania to modernize the base at Mihail Kogalniceanu, which is close to the port of Constanta.