RIGA, Latvia -- In conjunction with the U.S. Embassy, Ogre and Adazi Regional Councils, the United States European Command began a civic engagement project at Ogre 1st and Adazi High Schools Aug. 5, 2014.
U.S. Air National Guard troops from Michigan’s 110th and Washington D.C.’s 113th Civil Engineer Squadrons, as part of their annual training, partnered with Latvian military engineers to replace and insulate Ogre 1st High School's roof and install a fence for Adazi High School to improve the local communities. U.S. European Command's Civic Engagement Program provided $160,400 for the Ogre project and $92,470 for the Adazi project.
"Projects like these provide training opportunities for U.S. and Latvian soldiers, as well as a tangible benefit to the local population,” said Lt. Col. Roger Bowman, Chief of Office of Defense Cooperation, U.S. Embassy Latvia. “The troops have an opportunity to maintain their operational skills, as well as work in a foreign country alongside our close allies in the Latvian National Armed Forces."
Both projects were nominated by their respective regional councils and are scheduled to be completed by August 30. Local contractor SIA RCI Gulbene will supply materials for the Ogre 1st project, technical expertise, and provide quality assurance; while Local contractor SIA Koger Vide will supply materials, technical expertise, and provide quality assurance to Adazi High School.