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  • November 20, 2011

    This Week in EUCOM History: November 19-25, 1995

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    The Dayton Peace Agreement is initialed at the Wright Patterson Air Force Base, near Dayton, Ohio, ending three and a half years of war in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

  • November 18, 2011

    32nd CSA/AUSA president notes ‘people’ as key to Army success: European command adds unique value to nation

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    Retired Army Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan, the president and chief operating officer of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) and the 32nd Chief of Staff of the Army observed Kosovo Force training on Nov. 16 in Europe, after mentoring Noncommissioned Officers and Officers at leadership development discussions on Grafenwoehr and the Hohenfels Training Area.

  • U.S. Air Force Maj. Mike Conrad and Swedish Air Force Capt. Fredrik Bergstrom go over preparations before take-off as Senior Airman Francisco Lumbreras assists Bergstrom with gear.

    November 18, 2011

    Liberty Wing maintains friendship, trains with Swedish Air Force

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    Swedish Air Force crews participated in a week-long squadron exchange program with the Liberty Wing concluding Nov. 18.

  • Capt. Margaret Marcello and 1st Sgt. Christopher Gilbreath of the 515th Trans. Co. prepare to case the guidon.

    November 18, 2011

    515th Trans. Co. Soldiers control nerves and excitement in anticipation of deployment

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    For Soldiers of the 515th Transportation Company, 391st Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 16th Sust. Brigade, the Nov. 4 color casing ceremony here, triggered conflicting feelings of nervousness and excitement as the guidon disappeared underneath a green protective sleeve.

  • November 12, 2011

    This Week in EUCOM History: November 12-18, 1969

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    At 7:13 a.m. Nov. 15, 1969, K-19 collided with the attack submarine USS Gato in the Barents Sea.

  • November 11, 2011

    Philippine Sea Completes Black Sea Deployment

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    BLACK SEA - The guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) departed the Sixth Fleet area of operations on Nov. 11th after its scheduled Black Sea deployment, concluding three weeks serving as goodwill ambassadors of the U.S.

  • Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III is introduced to Maltese Col. David Mifsud by Maltese
Brig. Gen. Martin Xuereb while visiting Luqa.

    November 10, 2011

    NAVEUR-NAVAF Commander Visits Malta

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    LUQA, Malta – Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa, and Allied Joint Force Command Naples, Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III, visited Luqa, Malta, Nov. 9-10, for a two-day visit with U.S., Maltese, and Armed Forces of Malta officials.

  • USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) is lowered into the water from dry dock at Viktor Lenac shipyard.

    November 9, 2011

    US Ambassador and 6th Fleet Commander Commemorate US-Croatia Partnership

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    RIJEKA, Croatia – U.S. Ambassador to Croatia, the Honorable James Foley and Vice Adm. Frank C. Pandolfe, commander, U.S. 6th Fleet, visited Rijeka, Croatia, Nov. 9, to commemorate the near completion of the 60-day maintenance availability for USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) in the Viktor Lenac Shipyard. The visit also served to strengthen the bonds between the U.S. and Croatia.

  • Cutting the ribbon on the Macedonia garage project.

    November 7, 2011

    Demir Kapija Honors U.S. Emb. for Humanitarian Assistance

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    On Nov. 7, Municipality Mayor Trajche Dimitriev and Office of Defense Cooperation Chief, Lt. Col. Michael Tarquinto, marked the completion of the construction of a 3-bay service vehicle garage and the renovation of the “Dimche A. Gaberot” Primary School in the city of Demir Kapija.

  • November 7, 2011

    This Week in EUCOM History: November 5-11, 1989

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    In a press conference on Nov. 9, 1989 GDR central committee spokesman Guenter Schabowski unintentionally announced that citizens could travel to West Germany immediately. Schabowski was asked just before 7 p.m. about when a new law permitting GDR citizens more freedom of travel would go into effect. Schabowski famously told the journalist: "As far as I know, that goes into effect now, immediately."

  • President Barack Obama and French President Nicolas Sarkozy look over French and U.S. service members during a commemoration ceremony.

    November 4, 2011

    French and U.S. Presidents Honor International Service Members; Close Ties

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    Service members from Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa, Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet, and Allied Joint Forces Command Naples, flew to Cannes, France, Nov. 4, to join international service members to participate in a commemoration ceremony at Cannes City Hall.

  • November 2, 2011

    Camp Darby sends humanitarian aid to Turkey

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    CAMP DARBY, Italy- Army Field Support Battalion-Italy sent shipments of humanitarian aid supplies to Turkey in support of earthquake relief efforts in conjunction with U.S. European Command Humanitarian Assistance Program -Excess Property.

  • Two Chinook helicopters provide support during Europe's Full-Spectrum Training Environment rotation.

    November 1, 2011

    Dignitaries observe coalition training, efficiencies

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    Dr. Janine Davidson, the deputy assistant secretary of Defense for Plans, observed Europe's Full-Spectrum Training Environment rotation, Oct. 20-22, during the final stages of training. "It's an opportunity to really think about these facilities and the way we use them," Davidson said. "I really believe that if you are going to train the way you fight, you need to train with your allies. And so, it's important to be here."

  • 1st Light Infantry Regiment, 2nd Company, approaches the city of "Tiji" at Camp Robertson in Schweinfurt, Germany, during training exercises.

    October 31, 2011

    Allied forces share training areas, expertise in Germany

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    CAMP ROBERTSON, Germany, Oct. 31, 2011 -- German soldiers with the 1st Light Infantry Regiment have just secured the southern sector of Ogaard City. Lookouts are on 24-hour alert while soldiers perched from armored vehicles maintain 360 degrees of security. Tensions run high.

  • October 30, 2011

    This Week in EUCOM History: October 30 - November 4, 1956

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    EUCOM and its components reach thier highest-ever post-1945 manpower level during this period: 464,694 people.

  • Ambassador Wohlers enters the grounds of the "Slavco
Stojmenski" Primary School in Vinica, Macedonia.

    October 27, 2011

    US Partners with Local Government to Help School Children of Vinica

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    VINICA, Macedonia - The school community of Vinica organized a ribbon cutting ceremony on October 27th to celebrate the successful completion of a school renovation project made possible by generous funding support from the United States European Command and expert technical assistance from the USAID Primary Education Project.

  • October 26, 2011

    USS Philippine Sea Visits Bulgaria

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    BURGAS, Bulgaria – The guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea arrived in Burgas, Oct. 25, for a regularly scheduled port visit as part of U.S. 6th Fleet’s strategy to enhance regional stability in the Black Sea by strengthening maritime partnerships.

  • BURGAS, Bulgaria - Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Eber Barraza explains to Bulgarian culinary students how to make cherry turnovers, during a community service project at the Burgas High School.

    October 26, 2011

    Philippine Sea Shares Culinary Techniques with Bulgarian Students

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    Culinary Specialists from the guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) met with culinary arts students of the Burgas High School to provide techniques and training as part of a community service project, Oct. 26.

  • The RAF Molesworth Joint Service Honor Guard presents the colors as American before the kickoff in London.

    October 23, 2011

    RAF Molesworth Honor Guard Scores Touchdown for US-UK Relations at London NFL Game

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    The RAF Molesworth Joint Service Honor Guard presents the colors as American before the kickoff in London.

  • October 22, 2011

    Deputy C6F Visits USS Mesa Verde

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    Rear Adm. James Foggo, deputy commander, U.S. 6th Fleet, visited the amphibious transport dock USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) in Augusta Bay, Oct. 22.

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  • Maj. Gen. William L. Enyart, Adjutant General Illinois National Guard, meets students from the Krakow School for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

    November 22, 2011

    School donation continues long-standing relationship with Poland

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    Just last week, I visited the Krakow School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, which was heavily damaged in the spring floods of 2010, to deliver furniture and pianos donated by the U.S. Government.

  • Fire station

    November 17, 2011

    Humanitarian Assistance for Latvian Fire and Rescue

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    Since fall 2008 US Embassy's Office of Defense Cooperation (ODC Latvia) and State Fire and Rescue Service of Latvia (SFRS) have identified and submitted 10 Civic Engagement (Humanitarian Assistance) projects for renovations of fire stations all over Latvia.

  • EUCOM and Lithuanian representatives at the MOU signing.

    November 16, 2011

    “Black Gold, Texas Tea”

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    Cooperation on Energy Security issues is in Lithuania’s and the United State’s common interests. The MOU outlines ways in which both organizations, EUCOM and the Energy Security Center, can continue to work and coordinate together.

  • Dr. Rajiv Shah, USAID Administrator, thanks Admiral Stavridis for his participation.

    November 9, 2011

    Interacting with AID

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    At the invitation of my good friend and colleague, AID Administrator Raj Shah, I had the chance to speak to his senior team about their extraordinary work on global issues of poverty, disease, and economic development.

  • Mr. Michael Anderson

    November 8, 2011

    Our German Hosts

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    Despite the above statements professing modesty and a reluctance to lead or assist, after meeting these two groups I was left with the decided impression that “leading” and “assisting” are exactly what our German hosts are doing these days, and doing well.

  • Dr. Evelyn Farkas

    October 31, 2011

    Learning to Institutionalize Partnership

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    "2011 Soft Power Symposium" hosted by Pepperdine University and the League for Hope, an NGO that promotes public-private partnership to foster educational, medical, and commercial opportunities for disadvantaged populations.

  • Here I am speaking to Afghan police students during my visit to NPTC (Photo by Sgt Peter Buitenhuis - RNLAF)

    October 29, 2011

    Security and Literacy: Improving and Intertwined in Afghanistan

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    I just attended literacy training -- in Wardak Province, Afghanistan.

  • Jason Cullum

    October 24, 2011

    National Cyber Security Awareness Month: How are you protecting your cyber-identity?

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    This “two-factor” login significantly increases the level of protection used for that account and is also the system used when withdrawing money out of the bank. As we approach the end of October’s National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), I wanted to draw attention to a similar strategy that is available to help protect personal accounts from abuse.

  • October 21, 2011

    A few words on Human Rights...

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    I recently was lucky enough to win the Athenagoras Human Rights Award, presented annually for exemplifying “concern for the basic rights and religious freedom of all people.” Past winners have included Presidents Bush and Carter, Mother Theresa, Bishop Tutu, and many world religious leaders over the past twenty years.

  • October 17, 2011

    Cyber Education: Why it's important to You

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    Shaun Cavanaugh's thoughts on formal cyber education and workforce development.

  • October 12, 2011

    Developing a True Strategic Partnership with Russia

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    My visit was part of NATO’s outreach and desire to develop a “true strategic partnership with Russia,” as it says in the Strategic Concept approved at the Lisbon Summit last fall. In my role as the Supreme Allied Commander, I continue to search for zones of cooperation with the Russian military.

  • October 11, 2011

    Cooperate and Graduate; Interagency Advancements

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    COMMON EFFORT, involved a notional UN-backed NATO deployment to Africa. It had some 500 multinational participants, 150 of whom were civilians from more than 30 organizations.

  • October 6, 2011

    Interagency Teams Meet in Berlin

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    This was an outreach effort meant to enhance understanding and facilitate future cooperation between two interagency organizations.

  • October 5, 2011

    October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

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    How will you help protect the networks that are used as a tool to assist warfighters, planners, and commanders by preserving freedom of action in Cyberspace?

  • October 4, 2011

    Briefing the Ministers …

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    This coming week, the 28 Ministers of Defense of the NATO alliance will gather in Brussels for meetings and discussions. They will be accompanied by another 22 Ministers from additional troop contributing nations in Afghanistan — in essence, the entire coalition will be represented.

  • September 23, 2011

    Operational Energy Issues Discussed with ASD Sharon E. Burke

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    Sharon E. Burke, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy Plans and Programs visited EUCOM this week and stopped by our office to talk about issues regarding operational energy.

  • September 23, 2011

    Education and water improvements for the children of Bosnia and Herzegovina

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    U.S. European Command provided $450,000, which allowed the Office of Defense Cooperation to renovate the Drvar school.

  • September 15, 2011

    David Sarnoff’s Law…

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    Here are the remarks I delivered at the AFCEA awards dinner last night...~ADM Stavridis

  • September 14, 2011

    A small investment pays big dividends in Albania

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    EUCOM invested $170,000 to upgrade a kindergarten in Erseke, Albania.

  • September 9, 2011

    “Revulsion, Resolution, and Response” – 9/11 Remembered

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    As everyone knows, this September eleventh marks the ten year anniversary of the attacks against the United States by Al Qaida, the so-called 9/11 attacks, carried out on 11 September 2001.

Videos

  • November 14, 2011

    Paying tribute to the Italian armed forces

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    On November 4th, 1918, Austrian and Hungarian forces agreed to a cease-fire with Italy, thus ending WWI on the Italian front. Petty Officer David Charleston has more on a day that has been set aside to celebrate Italian forces, past and present.

  • November 14, 2011

    Another Day at the Office

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    Air Force Para-Rescue troops are known for being tough. Senior Airman Amanda Wowk shows us how one para-rescueman at RAF Lakenheath goes above and beyond to improve himself for life-saving missions.

  • November 8, 2011

    President Obama praises troops in Cannes, France

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    President Barack Obama visited with military members in Cannes, France. He thanked them personally for their role in the successful completion of Operations Odyssey Dawn and Unified Protector.

  • November 1, 2011

    Turkey Relief Effort

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    Interview with C-17 pilot and b-roll delivering aid from Norway to Turkey earthquake victims.

  • October 31, 2011

    Members of US Air Forces Europe, US Marine Forces Europe, and Norwegian partners work to load a US Transportation Comand C-17.

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    Members of US Air Forces Europe, US Marine Forces Europe, and Norwegian partners work to load a US Transportation Comand C-17, home-based at Fort Lewis-McChord, Wash., with supplied for earthquake victims in Turkey.

  • October 31, 2011

    Members of US Air Forces Europe, US Marine Forces Europe, and Norwegian partners work to load a US Transportation Comand C-17.

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    Members of US Air Forces Europe, US Marine Forces Europe, and Norwegian partners work to load a US Transportation Comand C-17, home-based at Fort Lewis-McChord, Wash., with supplied for earthquake victims in Turkey.

  • October 28, 2011

    USAFE Band brings varied show to Russia

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    The USAFE Band is currently in Russia putting on shows filled with laughter, cultural bonding, and of course, great music. SPC Abigail Waldrop was at one event and spoke to a woman who was deeply touched by the hard work band members put into the concert.

  • October 26, 2011

    Taking advantage of diversity

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    A team of U.S. troops in Romania is hard at work beside their Romanian counterparts. SSgt Nathaniel Parry tells us how this project gives the U.S. team a chance to build bonds with the local community.

  • October 26, 2011

    Simulating world war situations

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    Realistic training is the key for airborne troops to accomplish every mission they set out on. SSgt Jason Armstrong tells us how Soldiers in Hohenfels, Germany, use a multinational exercise to sharpen the skills crucial to success.

  • October 25, 2011

    In the Footsteps of a Hero: The Joseph Brennan Story

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    Joseph Brennan enlisted in the Army after his cousin, Sgt. Joshua Brennan was killed in action when his squad was ambushed on Oct. 25th, 2007 in the Korengal Valley of Kunar Province, Afghanistan. For his actions that day, fighting off the ambush and recovering the wounded Brennan from the clutches of Taliban fighters, then Spc. Salvatore Giunta was awarded the Medal of Honor. Ever since that tragic date, Joseph has followed in the footsteps of his cousin Joshua.

  • October 17, 2011

    Video message by Commander KFOR, German MajGen Erhard Drews, on Serb roadblocks in Northern Kosovo.

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    Video message by Commander KFOR, German MajGen Erhard Drews, on Serb roadblocks in Northern Kosovo.

  • October 12, 2011

    A sky full of parachutes

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    More than 1000 Sky Soldiers of the US Army Europe 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team descended on the drop zone at Hohenfels training area in Germany. US Army Europe’s Richard Bumgardner has the story.

  • October 5, 2011

    FSTE Jump Day Story

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    Soldiers from the Polish Land Forces join 'Sky Soldiers' of U.S. Army Europe's 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team for a parachute jump into the Hohenfels (Germany) Training Area as part of the brigade's ongoing Full-Spectrum Training Exercise. More than 100 Polish troops were among the approximately 650 paratroopers who participated in this morning jump, while another 650 'Sky Soldiers' are scheduled to jump later in the day.

  • October 3, 2011

    Finding a good home for some unwanted items

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    Every now and then, old furniture and equipment needs to be replaced. SrA Dennis Ayres takes us to the Defense Logistics Agency’s Disposition warehouse at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, where Airmen are helping unwanted items find a new home in Georgia and Azerbaijan.

  • September 30, 2011

    Honoring those who haven't made it home

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    The Lajes Field community took time out to remember our prisoners of war and those missing in action. A1C Monique Benedict gives us a look at what members of Team Lajes do to honor the memory of those who have not made it home.

  • September 30, 2011

    Boat Maintenance on Another Level

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    There's an old boat in Souda Bay, Crete, that's been around for a while...and the salt water and weather has not been kind to her. But the Sailors stationed there aren't about to let Mother Nature win this battle. Petty Officer Mike Wright explains.

  • September 30, 2011

    Army Lodging at its Highest Standard

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    As some installations in Europe are scaling down in size, a few enduring communities are building up. This is the case in Grafenwoehr, Germany. SGT Josh Dwyer tells us how you can sleep a little easier in Graf thanks to a newly finished construction project.

  • September 30, 2011

    Close to the Real Deal

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    In the Baumholder, Germany, area you'll find the Creek Defender Regional Training Center. And when Air Force Security Forces Airmen are tasked to deploy, this is where they get ready. A1C Nate Gettleman has the story.

  • September 30, 2011

    A Unique Training Opportunity

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    Cyberspace has become the forefront of many conflicts. SSgt John Archiquette introduces us to a man helping the U.S. and partner nations build up their walls of cyber defense.

  • September 30, 2011

    U.S. renovates Bolohani School in Moldova

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    U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Moldova William Moser and Mrs. Moser visited the village of Bolohan, where the United States is completing a $510,000 renovation of the Bolohani School. The renovation of the Bolohani School is a two phase project. Phase One -- the construction of new sanitary facilities was completed last week, and now students and faculty have access to indoor bathroom facilities. Phase Two -- the complete renovation of the school and its gymnasium will begin in December. The Bolohani School serves more than 200 children from three villages in the Orhei District. Renovation of the Bolohani School is being coordinated by the U.S. Embassy's Office of Defense Cooperation.

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