Lieutenant General Romulusz Ruszin-Szendi PhD, Chief of the HDF General Staff recently traveled to the United States for a dayslong official visit, and on this occasion, he paid calls, among others, on the Ohio National Guard and the Permanent Mission of Hungary at the United Nations.
During his visit to the Ohio National Guard and his meeting with ONG Adjutant General Major General John C. Harris, the Chief of the HDF General Staff said that upon seeing the 30-year partnership between the Hungarian Defence Forces and the Ohio National Guard and its results, he was certain that they would be able to share a lot of knowledge and experience with each other in the coming years as well. Lieutenant General Romulusz Ruszin-Szendi PhD spoke highly of all the support received from the National Guard in connection with training events and military exercises, and expressed his hope that the Hungarian soldiers will continue to receive it in the future. Director of the Ohio Department of Development Lydia Mihalik, and Chancellor of the Ohio Department of Higher Education Randy Gardner also participated in the visit to the Ohio National Guard.
Besides, Lieutenant General Romulusz Ruszin-Szendi PhD attended and held a lecture at the Joint Senior Leader Conference organized by the Ohio National Guard. In his lecture, he talked about the Hungarian approach to capability developments in a period full of new security challenges, about the tasks of the Hungarian Defence Forces related to illegal migration, as well as the importance and achieved results of the National Defence and Armed Forces Development Program.
On the day following the lecture, Lieutenant General Romulusz Ruszin-Szendi PhD visited the National Veterans Memorial and Museum, and met the leaders of the local Hungarian community as well as Hungarian expats who had served in the US military between the 1960s and the 1990s.
During his stay in the USA, the Hungarian Chief of Defence visited the Permanent Mission of Hungary at the United Nations, New York, and met with UN Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix, and also with General Birame Diop, Military Adviser, UN Department of Peace Operations. At the meetings, Lieutenant General Ruszin-Szendi pointed out that the UN is an especially important and credible actor in maintaining international peace and stability, and plays a significant role in conflict management. He also noted that Hungary has been participating in UN peacekeeping operations since 1990, and intends to continue this engagement.