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Release No: 355-99
July 29, 1999

DOD SENDS SOLDIERS TO UKRAINE FOR PEACE SHIELD '99

More than 350 service members from the U.S. Armed Forces will deploy to L'viv, Ukraine to participate in Exercise Peace Shield '99, which runs from August 1-14.

The U.S. servicemembers will join forces with approximately 650 soliders from 17 other nations in this "in-the-spirit-of" Partnership for Peace exercise at the recently designated NATO Partnership for Peace Training Center at Yavoriv, Ukraine.

More than 250 members of the California Army National Guard's 40th Infantry Division (Mechanized) will provide command and control for National Guard units from Kansas and Illinois. The U.S. sponsor for the exercise is the Southern European Task Force (SETAF), based at Vicenza, Italy. Other participating NATO countries include Belgium, Denmark, Greece, Italy, Norway, Poland, Turkey and the United Kingdom. Partner nations include Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Latvia, Moldova, Romania, and Ukraine.

Partnership for Peace exercises promote regional stability in Europe by enhancing political and military understanding, and cooperation among member nations. The exercise is the latest iteration in a series of ISO PfP Peace Shield exercises dating back to 1995. The United States has committed itself to the promotion of mutual understanding and cooperation between the United States and Ukraine, as well as between those two nations and other participating countries.

The peacekeeping scenario provides for a four-day field training exercise concurrent with a computer-assisted command post exercise to train two multi-national brigade headquarters. For the first time, the 1st Ukrainian Polish Peacekeeping Battalion will participate in the Peace Shield '99 scenario.

Peace Shield '99 will focus on the combined command and control and staff procedures at brigade level. It will be conducted in a combination of fixed facilities and tactical command posts. Each day will begin with a training session to address the major collective tasks that will be the focus of the day's events. After the training session, the exercise play will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Each day will conclude with an after-action review.

Key events include the opening ceremony and distinguished visitor day on August 5, the actual exercise from August 9-12, Observer Day on August 11, and the closing ceremony on August 13.

For the latest information on the exercise, check the U.S. European Command web page at http://www.eucom.mil, or contact Maj. Ed Loomis at the EUCOM public affairs office, at 49-711-680-8430.

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