An official website of the United States government
Here's how you know
A .mil website belongs to an official U.S. Department of Defense organization in the United States.
A lock (lock ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .mil website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

Home : News : Article View
NEWS | Aug. 11, 2023

Virginia Guard Conducts Mountain Warfare Exchange in Tajikistan

By Mike Vrabel, Virginia National Guard Public Affairs Office

ROMIT, Tajikistan - Five Virginia National Guard Soldiers conducted a mountain warfare exchange with soldiers from the Republic of Tajikistan July 24-29.

The five-day exchange in Romit supported the Department of Defense National Guard Bureau State Partnership Program, in which Virginia and Tajikistan have been partners since 2003.

Led by Maj. Kevin Hoffman, the team covered basic mountain warfare skills for up to 30 Tajik soldiers, including knot tying, rappelling, patrolling formations and ambush tactics. 

“Towards the end of the week, they oversaw and participated in a field exercise with their Tajik counterparts allowing them to practice the skills that were taught,” said Capt. Kevin Eddings, the VNG’s SPP coordinator. 

Hoffman was assisted by VNG Soldiers, including 2nd Lt. Evan Gizzard, 1st Sgt. Daniel Timberlake, Staff Sgt. Alex Miller and Sgt. Fabian Orban. The VNG team shared skills, lessons learned and best practices with their Tajik partners. 

“It was truly fascinating to witness the dynamic exchange between our Soldiers and the Tajik forces,” said Hoffman. “Both sides exhibited a keen desire to learn and share knowledge, and we successfully achieved our training objectives. The exchange was a great success and I look forward to maintaining this important strategic relationship with our Tajik partners.”

Hoffman said the Tajik soldiers made a strong impression on his team. 

“Our training encompassed mountaineering skills and small-unit tactics,” said Hoffman. “The Tajik’s mastery of mountain terrain was evident and impressed our guys.”

The exchange was conducted in Romit, a mountainous region west of Tajikistan’s capital, Dushanbe. 

“This was the second time this exchange had been conducted in Romit and it went remarkably well considering some of the limitations,” said Eddins. “However, the hope is that exchanges like this will continue being a building block for future cooperation between the Tajikistan Ministry of Defense and the Virginia National Guard.” 

In July, the VNG and Tajikistan celebrated the 20th anniversary of their formal partnership in the State Partnership Program, which began 30 years ago. Virginia and Tajikistan have shared their expertise through 200 military-to-military engagements that counter terrorism, deter violent extremism, expand emergency response capabilities and promote shared values in national sovereignty and security.

 

 

Related Articles
Brig. Gen. Todd H. Hubbard, the Virginia National Guard director of the Joint Staff, conducted key leader engagements with senior leaders from the Republic of Tajikistan April 29 to May 3, 2024, in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.
Virginia Guard, Tajikistan Conduct Key Leader Exchange
By Mike Vrabel, | May 28, 2024
DUSHANBE, Tajikistan – Brig. Gen. Todd H. Hubbard, the Virginia National Guard director of the Joint Staff, conducted key leader engagements with senior leaders from the Republic of Tajikistan April 29 to May 3. The...

Virginia, Kentucky and West Virginia National Guard Soldiers participated in a Victory in Europe celebration May 8, 2024, in Hranice, Czech Republic. The units mobilized to the Czech Republic under the command of the Virginia National Guard’s 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team.
Guard Soldiers, Czech Partners Celebrate Victory in Europe Day
By Staff Sgt. Jeff Clements, | May 28, 2024
HRANICE, Czech Republic - Virginia, Kentucky and West Virginia National Guard Soldiers participated in a Victory in Europe celebration May 8 in the Czech Republic.The units mobilized to the Czech Republic under the command of...

Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the 276th Engineer Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group, conducted a mountain warfare exchange with Tajik military forces Apr. 29 to May 3, 2024, in Romit, Tajikistan. The exchange supported the Department of Defense National Guard Bureau State Partnership Program.
Virginia Guard, Tajik Partners Conduct Mountain Warfare Exchange
By Mike Vrabel, | May 22, 2024
ROMIT, Tajikistan - Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the 276th Engineer Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group, conducted a mountain warfare exchange with Tajik military forces Apr. 29 to May 3 in Romit. The...