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Title: SIGNIFICANT ACTIVITIES REPORT-ODC ARMENIA-DECEMBER 2007

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SUBJECT:  SIGNIFICANT ACTIVITIES REPORT-ODC ARMENIA-DECEMBER 2007 
 
 
¶1.  EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:  Joint Visual Inspection for Excess Defense 
Article (EDA) trucks conducted; EMEDS IPR conducted in San Antonio; 
ARM MOD cancels EDA UH-1H helicopter request; Dec SPP event 
postponed until Jan 08. 
 
¶2.  SIGNIFICANT EVENTS 
 
    ¶A. On 17-18 Dec 07 the ODC Chief and two representatives from 
the Armenian MOD conducted a Joint Visual Inspection (JVI) of Excess 
Defense Article (EDA) trucks that were being stored at the US Army 
Security Assistance Command (USASAC) facility in Kaiserslautern, 
Germany. The EDA trucks will provide dedicated transportation to the 
Armenian Expeditionary Medical Support (EMEDS) field hospital. The 
Armenian contingent selected a number of trucks from a pre-approved 
list. These trucks will now be shipped to Italy for refurbishment at 
a minimal cost using FMF, and will then be shipped to Armenia using 
FMF. Planned arrival is mid-Feb 08 to support EMEDS training in 
Armenia starting in late Feb 08. 
 
    ¶B. On 11-12 Dec 07, key planners came together in San Antonio, 
Texas for an (In-Progress Review) Initial Planning Review (IPR) to 
coordinate the way-ahead to support the development of the Armenian 
Expeditionary Medical Support (EMEDS) field hospital in FY08. The 
IPR included representatives from the EMEDS training course at 
Brooks City, TX, from the Defense Institute for Medical Operations 
(DIMO), from the Kansas National Guard (KSNG), and from the ODC 
Armenia. The main issue that arose was that the International 
Material Squadron (IMATS: they ship FMF equipment for the USAF) is 
currently having issues getting FMF granted US EMEDS equipment 
through German customs at Ramstein, due to new German concerns. Such 
delays may impact on the EMEDS training timeline. EUCOM and IMATs 
are working diligently to resolve the issue in a timely manner. 
Coordinations at the IPR were also conducted specifically to ensure 
the two Mobile Training Team (MTT) events that will be conducted by 
the Brooks City trainers meet ODC intent and provide the training 
necessary to fully establish the Armenian EMEDS by Summer 2008. 
Current plans do support this. Back-up plans were further 
established should EMEDS equipment not arrive in time to support the 
trainers. Coordinations with the KSNG were conducted regarding 
specific timing for conducting JCTP and SPP events which compliment 
and support the two EMEDS MTTs. Planned KSNG exercises in FY08 will 
further support Armenian EMEDS observers. Providing all EMEDS 
equipment arrives as planned, FY08 will see the full establishment 
of the Armenian EMEDS capability and its availability for Coalition 
or NATO operations by Aug 08. 
 
     ¶C. From 3-7 Dec the Center for Civil-Military Relations (CCMR) 
conducted a workshop with the Armenian Personnel Department to 
assist with "Civilianization of the MOD": IPAP Goal 2.1.1. During 
the event CCMR consultants directly assisted the Personnel 
Department, which had been tasked by the Minister of Defense, to 
provide a plan for restructuring the MOD and General Staff and to 
identify billets specifically in the MOD that should be made into 
civilian positions. The US assistance was timely, directed at the 
precise audience, and received the complete support from the 
Personnel Department Chief. Additionally, the CCMR team was an 
excellent mix of US and European personnel experts, which further 
provided a non-biased and extremely useful atmosphere regarding 
western provided advice and recommendations. 
 
     ¶D. After receiving from the ODC and reviewing the potential 
costs for establishing and sustaining an EDA UH-1H helicopter 
program, the Armenian MOD withdrew its request to acquire 
helicopters through the EDA system. Using the existing UH-1H program 
in Georgia as a model, it was determined that refurbishing at least 
six UH-1H helicopters for Armenia, providing spare parts and fuel, 
would cost in excess of $6M. Potentially the program could run 
higher than $12M if the helicopters were refurbished to a Huey II 
capability. Additional aviation training costs for the flight crews 
were estimated to exceed $1M. These overall program initiation 
costs, and long-term sustainment costs exceeded the level at which 
the Armenia MOD was prepared to obligate national funding. 
 
     ¶E. STATUS OF FOREIGN MILITARY FINANCING (FMF): 
       ¶1. The FMF case AM-B-BAA, A2 requested in Oct 07, to support 
the Armenian Peacekeeping Brigade (IPAP Goal: 2.3.2; Establish a 
Peacekeeping Brigade) is currently being worked and consolidated by 
USASAC. 
       ¶2. ODC is awaiting the LOA for the FMF case AM-R-FFF. This 
case is for excess defense article personal equipment. This case 
will compliment the existing FMF cases that equipped the 12th PK Bn 
and that will equip other PK BDE units. The case directly supports 
IPAP Goal 2.3.2; Establish a Peacekeeping Brigade. 
       ¶3. ODC Armenia is expecting the delivery of $3.3M in Harris 
radios for the Armenian 12th Peacekeeping battalion during the month 
of January. Harris Radio provided radios for US Army shipment on 13 
Dec 07. These radios and ancillary equipment directly support IPAP 
Goal: 2.3.1; Develop a peacekeeping battalion. 
 
    ¶F. Joint Contact Team Program (JCTP). No JCTP events were 
conducted in December. However, Marine Forces Europe will conduct a 
TCT 28 Jan- 1 Feb 08. This event will familiarize the 12th 
Peacekeeping Bn with tactical medical evacuation by Medics/Corpsmen. 
This event compliments the EMEDS training that will be conducted in 
FY08, support the MOD decision to stand-up a medic platoon in the PK 
Forces, and supports the overall reform of the Armenian medical 
system. 
   The BAO in Armenia is also attempting to coordinate a visit to 
Heidelberg Army hospital in January, by the head of the Armenian 
Military Medical Department to support his work at restructuring the 
Armenian Main Military Hospital along western lines during FY08. The 
JCTP section in EUCOM is currently working this event with the BAO 
in Armenia. 
 
    ¶G. State Partnership Program (SPP).  No SPP events were 
conducted in December due to poor weather in Kansas which inhibited 
travel. The one SPP event planned for December was rescheduled for 
21-25 Jan 08. This event involves Kansas National Guard Engineers. 
"Mine-clearing Operations in PKO TCT" will familiarize the Armenian 
De-mining unit with the new de-mining equipment it received through 
its recent FMF order. Mine detectors, EOD protective suits, and even 
field equipment such as rucksacks will be demonstrated by the 
Kansans Engineers so that the Armenians can get an initial 
understanding of how to properly employ their new American equipment 
which will replace worn, older equipment. 
 
    ¶H.  Humanitarian Assistance (HA). 
       ¶1. The ODC will conduct a project initiation meeting for the 
HA water project event as soon as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 
representative in Tbilisi receives the HA funding from EUCOM and is 
available to make the trip to Yerevan. The stand-alone HA event will 
reconstruct existing water wells in three rural villages in Armenia 
where the current water system has deteriorated to a degree that 
potable water is seldom available. 
       ¶2. The ODC submitted two Excess Property requests that are 
awaiting funding from EUCOM-J4-ID-HA.  One request is to supply 
furniture and school equipment to two affiliated orphanages for 
disabled children.  The second request is to supply the same items 
for a boarding school for children with disabilities. 
 
    ¶J.  International Military Education and Training (IMET): 
English Language testing and number of IMET students in US. 
 
      ¶1.  Training Snapshot 
          Students at DLI:  12 
          Students at Specialty Training:  12 
          E-IMET:  0 
 
      ¶2.  English Comprehension Level (ECL) Testing 
          Students tested in December: 0 
 
 
¶3.  PERSONNEL/RESOURCES/LOGISTICS 
 
      ¶A.  GAINS:  None. 
 
     ¶B.  LOSSES:  None 
 
     ¶C.  ATTACHED PERSONNEL (TDY): None. 
 
¶D. APPROVED LEAVES NEXT 30 DAYS: 
LTC Peterson: 28 Dec 07-4 Jan 08 
MAJ Keller: 8-22 Jan 08 
 
¶E. TDY NEXT 30 DAYS:  None 
 
 
      ¶F.  RATING SCHEME CHANGES: None 
 
     ¶G.  EXTENSIONS/CURTAILMENTS:  None. 
 
¶5.  ADMINISTRATIVE ISSUES: 
 
¶A. EFFICIENCY REPORT SUSPENSES:  None 
 
     ¶B.  AWARD SUSPENSES: None 
 
     ¶C.  PERSONNEL ACTIONS: None 
 
¶6.  ODC CHIEF'S COMMENTS: 
 
¶7.  POC for this message is LTC Doug Peterson. 
 
37410-49-46-65 
37410-46-47-36(fax) 
petersond@state.gov 
 
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