On Monday, 4 September the soldiers of the Hungarian–Romanian Mixed Peacekeeping Battalion started a one-week training program related to Exercise Wise Foresight on the shooting range and training ground near Arad, Romania.
Exercise Wise Foresight is conducted every year under the direction of the joint battalion, with the primary objective of allowing Hungarian and Romanian soldiers to familiarize themselves with each other’s operational procedures and to reach the level of cooperation required for executing joint tasks, and the two countries take turns to provide its venue. Every year, the lessons learned in the previous years are integrated into the exercise planning process.
At the opening ceremony held in the fortress of Arad, after the hoisting of the flags of the two nations, Lieutenant Colonel Gheorghe-Cristian Tecu, Commander, 191st “Colonel Radu Golescu” Infantry Battalion welcomed the participants of the exercise.
“I am sure that just like in earlier years, this year’s exercise will be a success, too, and I’d like to encourage you to share your experiences gained in foreign missions as well, in the interest of developing your military capabilities”, emphasized the lieutenant colonel.
This year already marks the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Hungarian–Romanian Mixed Peacekeeping Battalion. The command and control of the battalion is performed by NATO doctrines, and the two nations fill its leading positions on an annual rotational basis. The Hungarian personnel of the joint battalion are drawn from the 2nd Infantry Battalion of the HDF 30th Mechanized Infantry Brigade, while the Romanian personnel from the Arad-based 191st “Colonel Radu Golescu” Infantry Battalion.