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Release A051217a

Bulgarians end service in MNDCS

Multi-National Force-Iraq

CAMP ECHO, Iraq – Bulgarian contingent duty in Multinational Division Central South came to an end Dec. 17.

During the farewell ceremony, MNDCS Commanding General Maj. Gen. Piotr Czerwinski thanked Bulgarian soldiers for their outstanding duty in MNDCS. “I would like to thank you personally and all Bulgarian soldiers who served so far in Iraq,” said Czerwinski. “Your commitment has always been contributing to the success of the Multinational Division.”

During the ceremony, Bulgarian soldiers were awarded by the MNDCS Commanding General and Bulgarian military commanders. Col. Stoyan Bambov, Bulgarian Senior Nation Representative in MNDCS, thanked General Czerwinski, all the MNDCS soldiers and Iraqi Army soldiers for solidarity and friendship during the mission.

For the excellent conditions provided for achieving interoperability, for dedication and commitment, the general was awarded a praise decoration “for faithful service under the colors,” given by Bulgarian Ministry of Defense.

The Bulgarian soldiers were focused on training Iraqi Army, civil-military activities and providing security and protection for convoys and inside Camp Echo base.

In the frames of civil-military cooperation, Bulgarian soldiers helped many Iraqis in the reconstruction process – mostly in Diwaniyah province. They rebuilt schools, created water supplies, electricity facilities and many other projects to improve living conditions for Iraqis. Over the past two years, they completed 175 CIMIC projects worth more than 5 million U.S. dollars.

During the fifth and final rotation, Bulgarian instructors spent more than 500 hours training 8th Iraqi Army Division troops, conducted more than 500 patrols and 227 escorts, providing security for local citizens and MNDCS troops. They provided force protection, participated in quick and crisis reaction forces and in the humanitarian operations.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT THE MULTI-NATIONAL DIVISION CENTRAL-SOUTH PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE AT piomndcs@poczta.onet.pl <mailto:piomndcs@poczta.onet.pl> or THURAYA 00 873 762 197 788.



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