In wounded warrior care, access to skilled professionals is as important as modern facilities and equipment. Throughout our 30-year cooperation, the U.S. mission has been helping with both. The 2,000 square meter Maro Makashvili Rehabilitation Center _ constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers _ continues to provide all necessary spaces, equipment, and services as we continue to support the center in expanding its capacity. The U.S. Mission was honored to host subject matter experts from the Extremity Trauma and Amputation Center of Excellence, U.S. Army Europe and Africa Office of the Command Surgeon, Defense Health Engagement, and Landstuhl Regional Medical Traumatic Brain Injury Program to work with Georgian Ministry of Defense and Rehabilitation Center representatives on finding the best ways for warriors to recover.
As part of the United States’ commitment to strengthening the Georgian Defense Forces (GDF), Gen. Christopher Cavoli, the U.S. Army Europe and Africa Commanding General, made an official visit to Tbilisi. Minister of Defense Juansher Burchuladze welcomed Gen. Cavoli March 15-17 and reaffirmed the shared commitment to security cooperation.
The visit provided an opportunity for Gen. Cavoli and Minister Burchuladze to discuss regional security challenges, mutual security cooperation initiatives and perspectives of future cooperation. Joint training and exercises were highlighted, including plans for upcoming multinational exercise Agile Spirit, which is scheduled to be held in the summer of 2021 in Georgia.
Gen. Cavoli also met with Georgian Chief of Defense Major General Giorgi Matiashvili and discussed the successful progress of the GDF within the Georgia Defense Readiness Program (GDRP), which focuses on enhancing Georgia’s ability to staff, equip and train its forces, as well as post-GDRP security cooperation priorities. Gen. Cavoli praised the growing leadership role and enhanced capabilities of the Georgians in the U.S. - Georgia military relationship.
In addition, Gen. Cavoli visited the Vaziani training area where the GDRP –Training (GDRP-T) team focuses specifically on enhancing Georgia’s ability to train its forces. The Georgian Defense Forces maintain a high-level of training for its international missions and the GDRP-T mission enhances Georgia’s interoperability and strengthens the country’s territorial defense capabilities. U.S. and Georgian forces are proud to serve side-by-side in the NATO Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan and around the world.
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The National Security Council meeting was held at the Presidential Administration with the invitation of the President of Georgia, H.E. Giorgi Margvelashvili. The discussion at the meeting was focused on determining Georgia’s military forces for 2017 and the upcoming reforms planned by the Ministry of Defense.
As the Secretary of the National Security Council, Mrs. Irine Imerlishvili emphasized, Georgia’s Armed Forces is comprised of thirty-seven thousand soldiers.
“The number of the personnel of the military forces is approved annually by the National Security Council. The final result should be approved by no less than two-thirds of the members of the National Security Council. The two permanent members - Mr. Davit Usupashvili and Mr. Tedo Japaridze could not attend this meeting due to their absence in Georgia. All other members have participated in the meeting and unanimously supported the decision made by the tCouncil. Georgian Military Force includes thirty-seven thousand soldiers, excluding the reserve. This document along with the draft budget will be sent to the Parliament”, - stated Mrs. Imerlishvili.
The second important issue discussed at the meeting was the planned reforms that should be implemented by the Ministry of Defense. The Minister of Defense has informed the members of the National Security Council about these upcoming reforms.
“The details of these reforms will be discussed with the non-governmental organizations, as well as, with the interested persons and experts in the area of defense and security”, - stated Mrs. Imerlishvili.
The Minister of Defense, Mr. Levan Izoria, and the Chief of the Joint Staff of the Armed Forces, the Major General Mr. Vakhtang Kapanadze, have made reports on the above mentioned issues.
Giorgi Kvirikashvili - Ministry of Defense is an agency where sense of unity of the country shall be the strongest
Ministry of Defense is an agency, where sense of unity of the country shall be the strongest and it shall demonstrate the importance of our homeland, our country, - Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili addressed the representatives of General Staff and Ministry of Defense while introducing new Minister Levan Izoria to them.
According to the head of the Government, Levan Izoria is an experienced professional and patriot, who will continue important reforms taking place within the agency with the support of Governmental and Ministry team. He will consolidate professional qualities of every employee to increase defensibility of the country.
"Goal of our country is to ensure its defensibility. It has always been and will remain one of the priorities of our Government. Ongoing and implemented as well as future reforms are vital for the Euro-Atlantic integration of our country. The Military Cooperation Memorandum that has been signed with the USA is the cornerstone of our future military reforms and strengthening of country's defensibility," - Giorgi Kvirikashvili indicated.
Prime Minister thanked the staffers of Ministry and General Staff and indicated that he will spare no effort to ensure that the agency is not politicized.
"We are children of our country and Ministry of Defense shall be maximally distanced from the political antagonism. I consider that such hostility shall generally be terminated. For some reason, certain individuals considered my statements regarding refraining from the hostility as a sign of Bolshevism. However, I think that all of think differently. I would like to see that our country is tranquil and peaceful. Polarization of our country shall end consolidation of our society shall be ensured. This is my primary goal and Ministry of Defense is an agency, where sense of the unity of country shall be the strongest, this spirit shall be present in this institution; Ministry shall be demonstrating the importance of our homeland, our country to everyone. I am convinced that Mr. Izoria will successfully lead this task - I do not doubt this. He will need our support and assistance. I am sure that our Ministry of Defense will undergo some serious reforms, thus increasing defense system of our country and I think nobody doubts this," - Prime Minister stated.
New Minister of Defense Levan Izoria thanked head of the Government for the confidence and his main priority will be the policy of sound mind.
"First of all, it implies ensuring of peace and security and furthermore, this process encompasses deterrence of threats and risks, by sustainable development of our defense capacities and Euro-Atlantic integration.
While discussing the first component, I mean ensuring peace across the country as well as participation in the global security architecture by contributing to NATO's Resolute Support Mission. Naturally, this will be achieved by cooperation with our strategic partner - the USA. As for the second component, when I referred to the deterrence of risks and threats as one of our priorities and I imply that our policy shall not be threatening to anyone - it shall be directed only to the increasing of our defensibility through refinement of our capacities. This was achieved only through close cooperation with NATO member states and the USA throughout recent years," - Levan Izoria stated.
He noted that this policy will continue and defense capacities will increase.
New Minister of Defense expressed readiness to ensure engagement of the experienced professionals in this process. Leval Izoria is convinced that support of each of the soldiers will be a precondition of strength of the Agency.
Prime Minister of Georgia indicated in his conversation with the press that the new Minister of Defense will actively contribute to the implementation of the Action Plans that Georgia has elaborated to integrate in the Euro-Atlantic space and will ensure execution of the Military Cooperation Memorandum with the USA. The latter creates major possibilities.
"It is vitally important to us to ensure that armed forces, military agency is as distanced from the political hostilities as possible - it shall be maximally depoliticized agency. I am convinced that we will manage this. It is crucial to guarantee that sense of unity of our country is demonstrated by our agency," - head of Government noted.