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Title: SIGNIFICANT ACTIVITIES REPORT-ODC ARMENIA-JANUARY 2008

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SUBJECT:  SIGNIFICANT ACTIVITIES REPORT-ODC ARMENIA-JANUARY 2008 
 
¶1.  EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:  Demining familiarization event and 
assessment conducted; Postponement of Expeditionary Medical Support 
(EMEDS) training; Planning meeting for Crisis Response table-top 
exercise (TTX) conducted. 
 
¶2.  SIGNIFICANT EVENTS 
 
    ¶A. From 22-24 Jan 08 Kansas National Guard Engineers 
familiarized Armenian Humanitarian Demining troops with the fitting 
of their new demining and explosive ordinance disposal suits that 
were provided through FMF. Additionally, 20 new sets of mine 
detection equipment, and field equipment for the entire unit were 
delivered by the ODC. An assessment of the unit was simultaneously 
conducted by EUCOM's Humanitarian Mine Action (HMA) office: Mr Gary 
Wraalstad. After having evaluated the Armenian unit's needs, Mr 
Wraalstad plans to commit about $50K to provide computers and 
internet conductivity to enable the Armenian Humanitarian Demining 
Center access to the Geneva HMA database. The EUCOM HMA office with 
the ODC is further coordinating HMA demining sustainment training 
for the Armenian unit, which will be conducted by KSNG Engineers 24 
Mar-11 Apr 08 in Armenia. 
 
    ¶B. The EMEDS training originally scheduled to be conducted with 
two MTTs on 2-14 March 08 and 7-18 April 08 will be postponed due to 
FMS equipment delivery delays that impact on the training timelines. 
The EMEDS MTTs have been rescheduled for 16-27 May and 16-20 June 
¶08. ODC Armenia is working closely with USASAC and IMATS to help 
ensure that the equipment deliveries will meet the new training 
timelines, and that the Armenian EMEDS unit will still be certified 
by US trainers for potential NATO/Coalition deployments by Aug 08. 
Currently the LOA for EDA trucks: AM-B-IAA is at DSCA and should be 
provided to the ODC in about a week. EDA Kaiserslautern will ship 
the EDA trucks immediately to Italy for refurbishment upon receiving 
FMF funding from the case. The EMEDS AM-D-QAA case is being worked 
by IMATS and timelines for delivery of equipment should be provided 
soon by that organization. 
 
     ¶C. The Corps of Engineers, Civil Military Emergency 
Preparedness (CMEP) representative Diane Acurio, and the ODC 
conducted an initial coordinations meetings to establish the 
requirements for the crisis response table-top exercise (TTX), which 
will be conducted by CMEP in Yerevan from 7-11 Jul 08. The TTX will 
involve the Armenian Rescue Service, and the Ministries of Defense, 
Energy and Health. It will be based on a crisis response scenario 
centered on a nuclear incident at the Armenian Metzamor nuclear 
power station. International organization representatives from OSCE, 
UN, IRC, USAID, and KSNG will also participate or observe. A final 
planning meeting will be conducted 7-8 May 08 in Yerevan. 
 
     ¶D. STATUS OF FOREIGN MILITARY FINANCING (FMF): 
       ¶1. Harris Radios from the $3.3M package from FMF case: 
AM-B-UAB is currently scheduled to arrive in Yerevan on about 12 Feb 
¶08. 
       ¶2. ODC received the LOA for the FMF case AM-R-FFF and is 
awaiting ARM MOD to sign the case. 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. The ARM MOD submitted a request for pricing of 
topographical equipment. ODC will coordinate this request with 
EUCOM, DSCA, and OSD to determine if the request supports US country 
goals and objectives. 
 
     ¶E. Joint Contact Team Program (JCTP). Marine Forces Europe 
conducted a TCT 28 Jan- 1 Feb 08. This event familiarized the 12th 
Peacekeeping Bn and the Armenian Medical Department with tactical 
medical evacuation procedures that can be utilized in OIF. This 
event compliments the EMEDS training that will be conducted in FY08, 
supports the MOD decision to stand-up a medic platoon in the PK 
Forces, and supports the overall reform of the Armenian medical 
system. 
 
     ¶F. State Partnership Program (SPP).  One SPP event was 
conducted from 21-25 Jan 08. The event "Mine-clearing Operations in 
PKO TCT" was conducted with the Armenian De-mining unit using their 
new de-mining suits it received through its recent FMF order. These 
same Guardsmen, with eight others will participate in a Humanitarian 
Mine Action (HMA) training event scheduled for Mar-Apr 08. 
     ¶G.  Humanitarian Assistance (HA). 
       ¶1. The ODC will conduct a project initiation meeting for the 
HA water project the week of 1 April 08 with the U.S. Army Corps of 
Engineers representative from Tbilisi, who will oversee the project. 
EUCOM has transferred the HA funding to CoE and the initial planning 
meeting in April will be immediately followed by a site-survey of 
the assistance sites. 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 
now funded and currently being processed and shipped by 
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.  A third EP project for 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:  12 
          Students at Specialty Training:  9 
          E-IMET:  0 
 
      ¶2.  English Comprehension Level (ECL) Testing 
          Students tested in January: 4 
 
 
¶3.  PERSONNEL/RESOURCES/LOGISTICS 
 
      ¶A.  GAINS:  None. 
 
     ¶B.  LOSSES:  None 
 
     ¶C.  ATTACHED PERSONNEL (TDY): None. 
 
¶D. APPROVED LEAVES NEXT 30 DAYS: None 
 
¶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:  None 
 
¶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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