Hagel Hosts Bosnia-Herzegovina Defense Minister at Pentagon
“This week, the Maryland National Guard and the Bosnian Armed Forces celebrate the 10th anniversary of their State Partnership, a key part of our military to military relationship,”
U.S. and Bosnian-Herzegovinian military members clear brush and overgrown vegetation at the Hutovo Blato National Forest here May 27, 2012. More than 150 Bosnian-Herzegovinian military and firefighters and U.S. service members worked together at the national forest to clean up damage caused by a fire in 2011. The goal of the event was to build camaraderie between the partnered nations before beginning Shared Resilience 2012, an annual U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff-sponsored exercise May 28 - June 8.
1 photo: U.S. and Bosnian-Herzegovinian military members clear brush and overgrown vegetation at the Hutovo Blato National Forest.
Photo 1 of 1: U.S. and Bosnian-Herzegovinian military members clear brush and overgrown vegetation at the Hutovo Blato National Forest here May 27, 2012. More than 150 Bosnian-Herzegovinian military and firefighters and U.S. service members worked together at the national forest to clean up damage caused by a fire in 2011. The goal of the event was to build camaraderie between the partnered nations before beginning Shared Resilience 2012, an annual U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff-sponsored exercise May 28 - June 8. Download full-resolution version

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel hosted Bosnia-Herzegovina Minister of Defense Zekerijah Osmic at the Pentagon today, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said.

Hagel congratulated Bosnia for its recent deployment of a Bosnian Armed Forces unit with the Maryland National Guard to Kandahar, Afghanistan, Little said.

“This week, the Maryland National Guard and the Bosnian Armed Forces celebrate the 10th anniversary of their State Partnership, a key part of our military to military relationship,” he said. “Secretary Hagel noted that in the 17 years since the Dayton Accords, the Bosnian Armed Forces have matured greatly and are now contributing to NATO's efforts to bring peace to Afghanistan.”

The two leaders discussed their mutual priorities of NATO reforms, Little said, to include ammunition disposal and logistics reform.

"Secretary Hagel reiterated the United States' commitment to Bosnia's progress toward NATO and EU integration, and conveyed our firm support for current efforts to register its defense properties," he concluded.

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