The United States Army Europe (USAREUR) shared with the Serbian Armed Forces demining platoon stationed in Prokuplje explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) techniques in a course from April 6 to 28. This is only the first of three phases of the training program, which will last through the autumn of 2018. In addition to the training, the U.S. Department of Defense donated demining and medical gear worth roughly $ 435,000.
The training is part of the U.S. Government Humanitarian Mine Action (HMA) program, through which selected countries are assisted in developing their own mine action capability in order to become safer and relieve human suffering. The HMA program is a part of a larger, collaborative effort to eliminate the danger posed by unexploded ordnance and remnants of war in Serbia through which the US Government has provided Serbia close to $20 million in assistance over the last 15 years. The two countries have together cleared over 13 million square meters of land in Serbia, and will continue their joint efforts in the future,
This initiative demonstrates the U.S. Government’s committment to work together with Serbian authorities to help destroy unstable ordnance and develop the country’s demining capability in order to make Serbia a safer place for all its citizens.