2015 To Walk the Earth in Safety: Europe--Other U.S. Support

Report
Bureau of Political-Military Affairs

In FY2014, the U.S. government provided $975,000 for CWD support in other European countries. The Department of State did not fund activities in these countries, but the Department of Defense funded the following:

Cyprus: In FY2014, USEUCOM deployed military EOD personnel to conduct courses on advanced disposal techniques and ammunition stockpile management for the Cypriot National Guard. Training focused on destruction techniques, safety, and policies and procedures for ordnance storage. It also included program assessment visits to monitor and improve all aspects of the UXO disposal program.

Estonia: USEUCOM deployed personnel from the State Partnership Program in Maryland (United States) to Estonia to conduct UXO disposal training for 15 Estonian medical personnel who subsequently trained 75 Estonian EOD technicians from the Estonian Ministry of Interior. The training covered emergency medical response, public affairs, and mine risk education. The emergency medical first-responder training consisted of a one-week course on basic emergency medical techniques.

Kosovo: USEUCOM deployed military EOD personnel to conduct a basic medical and CASEVAC train-the-trainer course to five Kosovo Security Force (KSF) medical personnel and 20 KSF EOD/deminers. USEUCOM also observed KSF medical personnel providing a one-week basic medical and CASEVAC training course.

Moldova: USEUCOM deployed personnel from the State Partnership Program in North Carolina (United States) to conduct landmine and UXO disposal training to 18 Moldovan EOD personnel and 15 Moldovan medical personnel. Training included survey, marking, and mapping of landmine and UXO contaminated areas; landmine and UXO disposal; quality assurance and control; and medical first-responder training with emphasis on blast-trauma injuries. It also included program assessment visits to monitor and improve all aspects of the UXO disposal program.

Montenegro: USEUCOM deployed military EOD personnel to conduct UXO disposal training to improve Montenegrin underwater EOD capacity, including survey, marking, and mapping of UXO contaminated areas; landmine and UXO disposal; and quality assurance and control. It also included program assessment visits to monitor and improve all aspects of the UXO disposal program.

Note: In all of the preceding Department of Defense’s funding, the OHDACA appropriation funded humanitarian mine-action program activities, supplies, equipment, and services.