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Capital: Sofia
Area: 110,879 sq km
Comparative area: slightly larger than Tennessee
Population (July 2011 estimate): 7,093,635
Official language: Bulgarian
State Partner: Tennessee
International Organizations and Agreements: NATO, European Union, United Nations, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), World Trade Organization

There are three Bulgarian bases identified as “joint-use facilities” (meaning the U.S. has the right to station troops and conduct training in them) in the U.S.-Bulgarian Defense Cooperation Agreement: Novo Selo Training Area (including the Aytos Storage Facility), Bezmer Air Base, and Graf Ignatievo Air Base.

In 2008, the Bulgarian military made the transition to an all-volunteer force and is currently undergoing an ambitious restructuring program which aims to bring the army up to NATO standards, modernize equipment, and fully integrate civilian and armed components in part with approximately $134 million in foreign military financing assistance from the U.S. since 1994.

Bulgaria deploys troops in support of NATO, EU, and UN missions. It currently has company-sized units working with coalition forces in Afghanistan and has maintained small contingents of troops deployed with international forces in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo.

Bulgaria's relationship with its neighbors has generally been good. Bulgaria has proven to be a constructive force in the region and has played an important role in promoting regional security.  

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US Embassy-Sofia and Lopyan officials broke ground for the Lopyan project Sunday. The projected consisted of construction of a Dining facility for a primary school with a boarding home for disadvantaged children. Several members of the embassy community, along with the mayor of the town of Lopyan, the mayor of the municipality of Etropole, the director of the school at Lopyan, and the engineering firm involved with the construction, were present to give speeches and celebrate the occasion. Mila, the director of the school was emotional when she recounted the development of the relationship between the US Embassy and the school since 2005. She called the ground-breaking event a “miracle”. It was truly a time to be proud of the work our embassy, the Office of Defense Cooperation, and the Friends of Lopyan, have accomplished over the past seven years.April 17, 2013Difference Makers in LopyanWe are looking forward to the grand opening of the new kitchen and dining facility, hopefully this September for the start of the new school year. The Friends of Lopyan will be there to help celebrate the occasion!
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Brigadier Gen. Bruce Crawford meets with members of the Baltic and Ukrainian delegations March 27, 2014, to discuss cyber defense topics at the Combined Endeavor Main Planning Conference in Sofia, Bulgaria. General Crawford and attending delegates discussed how the investment in Combined Endeavor over the past 20 years could add value back to today’s operations as we continue to plan for tomorrow’s challenges. April 2, 2014Assuring our allies through investment in Europe's regional cyber, C4 interoperability Twenty-nine nations and three international organizations participated in the Combined Endeavor Main Planning Conference. The conference deliverables assisted in designing a mission network that utilized an interoperable “bring your own devices model” and ensured the international coalition audience was able to participate. Ultimately, the mission network contributed toward constructing an exercise operational scenario across land, air and cyberspace domains.
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February 9, 2014USEUCOM State Partnership ProgramThe United States European Command State Partnership Program (EUCOM SPP) is a National Guard program that links U.S. States with partner countries in the European Theater for the purpose of supporting the security cooperation objectives of United States European Command (EUCOM). 65 Partnerships exist worldwide and 22 Partnerships exist with former Soviet, Yugoslav and Warsaw Pact countries in the EUCOM Area of Responsibility. The program is a component of the larger (global) State Partnership Program, which oversees the program of each of the six geographic Combatant Commands.
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