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Title: SIGNIFICANT ACTIVITIES REPORT-ODC ARMENIA-MAY 2008

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SUBJECT:  SIGNIFICANT ACTIVITIES REPORT-ODC ARMENIA-MAY 2008 
 
 
¶1.  EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:  Civil-Military Emergency Preparedness (CMEP) 
conducted Final Planning Meeting; FMF equipment for Peacekeeping 
Brigade arrives; Orphanage in Gyumri provided with furniture from 
EUCOM Humanitarian Assistance Program; FMF updates; Humanitarian 
Assistance updates. 
 
¶2.  SIGNIFICANT EVENTS 
 
    ¶A. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineer's Civil-Military Emergency 
Preparedness (CMEP) office conducted a final planning meeting in 
Yerevan on 7-8 May for the Table Top Exercise (TTX) scheduled to be 
held in Armenia from 14-18 Jul 08. The TTX will implement the 
Armenian Presidential approved crisis response plan to the Metzamor 
Nuclear Power Station located just west of Yerevan, Armenia. U.S. 
attendees included representatives from CMEP and from Kansas' 
Homeland Security & Emergency Management office. On the Armenian 
side representatives from the Armenian Rescue Service, the 
Ministries of Defense, Energy, Health, Natural Protection; the 
Nuclear Regulatory Authority, National Police, and the Metzamor 
Power Plant all attended. Foreign organizations or NGOs attending 
the planning meeting included OSCE, UNDP, IRC, and the Swiss Agency 
for Development and Cooperation. The final planning meeting 
developed the exercise scenario, identified additional Armenian 
agencies and foreign organizations that would attend the Jul TTX, 
and finalized cost requirements for CMEP. The TTX will support IPAP 
Goal 1.4.1: Enhance Armenia's overall crisis management capabilities 
and inter-agency coordination. 
 
    ¶B. Throughout May 08 a number of FMF equipment shipments arrived 
for equipping the Armenian 1st and 2nd Peacekeeping Battalions, and 
the Peacekeeping Brigade Staff. Equipment which arrived completed 
the equipping of the 1st PK Bn and Brigade Staff, and provided all 
the necessary equipment for OIF deployments to the 2nd PK Bn, which 
is still in the process of manning companies, and will continue to 
do so until the end of CY08. The arrival of the equipment makes the 
1st PK Bn and the PK Brigade Staff fully equipment interoperable 
with US and NATO forces. The PK Brigade is now awaiting the FMF 
deliveries of chemical detection equipment and Harris radios for the 
2nd PK Bn, which should arrive by the end of CY08. 1st PK Bn 
received its Harris radios in Feb of this year. Equipping the 
Armenian Peacekeeping Brigade supports NATO IPAP Goal 2.3.2: 
Establish a Peacekeeping Brigade. 
 
     ¶C. The ODC received an Excess Property delivery from the EUCOM 
Humanitarian Assistance Program, which was provided to the Fridtjof 
Nansen Orphanage in Gyumri, Armenia. On 12 May 08, the U.S. Acting 
Deputy Chief of Mission Robert Frazier conducted a ribbon cutting 
ceremony with the Director of the orphanage:  Mr Ruben Markosian; in 
Gyumri.  The event recognized the delivery of over $33,000 dollars 
worth of household furniture, bedding, cabinets and medical supplies 
to the orphanage.  Upcoming deliveries of Excess Property will also 
be made by the ODC Armenia to an orphanage in Echmiadzin (nearby 
Yerevan) and to the Armenian Rescue Service. 
 
     ¶D. STATUS OF FOREIGN MILITARY FINANCING (FMF): 
 
 ¶1.  The Armenian MOD plans to submit a Letter of Request in the 
coming weeks to acquire Harris Radio maintenance equipment and to 
establish a Harris radio maintenance facility in the Signal 
Department in order to permit the MOD to service FMF provided Harris 
radios within Armenia. This FMF case would support IPAP Goal 2.3.2; 
Establish a Peacekeeping Brigade. 
 
    ¶2. US Army Security Assistance Command (USASAC) is coordinating 
the Armenian Letter of Request for approximately $2.5M worth of 
Harris Radios and ancillary equipment for outfitting the Armenian 
2nd Peacekeeping Battalion with US and NATO interoperable 
communications equipment. This amendment to the existing AM-B-UAB 
FMF case would support IPAP Goal 2.3.2; Establish a Peacekeeping 
Brigade. 
 
 
     ¶E. Joint Contact Team Program (JCTP). No JCTP events were 
conducted during the month of May. 
 
     ¶F. State Partnership Program (SPP).  No SPP events were 
conducted during the month of May. 
 
     ¶G. Defense Institution Building (DIB). No DIB events were 
conducted during May. 
 
     ¶H.  Humanitarian Assistance (HA). 
 
      ¶1. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (CoE) is currently 
coordinating the implementation of the HA-Other stand-alone project 
that 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. HA funding for this 
project must be obligated by the end of this fiscal year. 
 
     ¶2. A second Excess Property shipment for an orphanage in 
Echmiadzin, Armenia arrived in May 08 and is currently clearing 
Armenian customs. A third EP project that will provide fire-fighting 
equipment to support the Armenian Rescue Service (ARS) is currently 
being coordinated by the BAO and EUCOM-J4-ID-HA. 
 
     ¶H.  International Military Education and Training (IMET): 
English Language testing and number of IMET students in US. 
 
      ¶1.  Training Snapshot 
          Students at DLI:  6 
          Students at Specialty Training:  6 
          E-IMET:  0 
 
      ¶2.  English Comprehension Level (ECL) Testing 
          Students tested in May: 1 
 
 
¶3.  PERSONNEL/RESOURCES/LOGISTICS 
 
      ¶A.  GAINS:  None. 
 
     ¶B.  LOSSES:  None 
 
     ¶C.  ATTACHED PERSONNEL (TDY): None. 
 
¶D. APPROVED LEAVES NEXT 30 DAYS: LTC Peterson: COT leave from 20 Jun 
- 6 Jul 08 
 
¶E. TDY NEXT 30 DAYS:  LTC Peterson: PDSS with five Armenian officers 
to OIF - 14-16 Jun 08 
 
      ¶F.  RATING SCHEME CHANGES: None 
 
     ¶G.  EXTENSIONS/CURTAILMENTS:  None. 
 
¶5.  ADMINISTRATIVE ISSUES: 
 
¶A. EFFICIENCY REPORT SUSPENSES:  ODC Chief and BAO submission of OER 
- Complete 
 
     ¶B.  AWARD SUSPENSES: LTC Peterson: ODC Chief 
         PCS Award submission - Complete 
 
     ¶C.  PERSONNEL ACTIONS: None 
 
¶6.  ODC CHIEF'S COMMENTS:  In-country JCTP events and Defense 
Institution Building events that were not conducted as planned from 
Mar-Jun 08 are currently being rescheduled for Jul-Sep 08. Final 
approval of execution will be coordinated by OSD-ISA and DoS. 
 
¶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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