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US Troops Train in Former Yugoslav Republic Of Macedonia*

21 Aug 2018 12:35

Synopsis

U.S. soldiers from NATO’s Kosovo Force, the 61st Cavalry Regiment and the 79th Infantry Brigade Combat Team conducted live fire exercises at Krivolak training area in Former Yugoslav Republic Of Macedonia while being observed by Macedonian forces. Footage includes shots of Former Yugoslav Republic Of Macedonia and U.S. soldiers interacting; drone footage of the countryside of Former Yugoslav Republic Of Macedonia and capital city, Skopje; shots of capital city Skopje. Also includes an interview with US Colonel Nick Ducich, US Staff Sergeant Adam Tucker and Lieutenant Colonel Goran Povleski of Former Yugoslav Republic Of Macedonia (FYROM). *Turkey recognizes the Republic of Macedonia by its constitutional name.

Teaser

U.S. soldiers conduct live fire exercises at Krivolak training area in Former Yugoslav Republic Of Macedonia, building closer ties with the armed forces of Former Yugoslav Republic Of Macedonia. Interviews with military personnel from U.S. and Former Yugoslav Republic Of Macedonia. Broll of the countryside and the capital city Skopje.

Transcript

(00:00) CLOSE UP SHOT OF FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA AND U.S. UNIFORM (00:08) FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA AND U.S. SOLDIER (00:12) U.S. COLONEL DUCICH AND FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA LT COLONEL TALKING (00:22) CLOSE UP OF U.S. AND FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA SOLDIERS INTERACTING (00:37) U.S. SOLDIERS LOOKING OVER KRIVOLAK RANGE (00:46) FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA OFFICER USING BINOCULARS (00:52) LONG SHOT OF U.S. ARMY HUMVEE LIVE FIRING AT KRIVOLAK RANGE (01:12) FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA OFFICER USING BINOCULARS (01:19) DRONE SHOT OF FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA FLAG ++MUTE++ (01:33) VARIOUS DRONE SHOTS OF MATKA CANYON ++MUTE++ (02:08) DRONE SHOT OF FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA COUNTRYSIDE ++MUTE++ (02:18) VARIOUS DRONE SHOTS OF SKOPJE, CAPITAL OF FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA ++MUTE++ (02:40) VARIOUS CLOSE UP SHOTS OF FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA FLAG (02:54) DOWNTOWN SKOPJE AT SUNSET (03:10) SOUNDBITE IN ENGLISH COLONEL NICK DUCICH, COMMANDER, 79TH INFANTRY BRIGADE COMBAT TEAM, US ARMY “This is not just a great opportunity for US forces to train here at Krivolak but again, for NATO forces to come here and do large scale exercises. Any time soldiers get a new piece of terrain, especially something as complex as this area, again we have different types of habitat that you have to deal with that affects your weapons systems. But for us also is to be able to still complete our mission in Kosovo, but then simultaneously be able to send elements sown in an expeditionary manner and train on all of our vast array of aerial weapons systems, area weapons systems has been just phenomenal. I only see it increasing in strength, all positives throughout this almost two week exercise here, they’ve been gracious hosts and I look forward to next year when you’ll see a much larger U.S. contingent here and training alongside Army of the Republic of Macedonia soldiers.” (04:08) SOUNDBITE IN ENGLISH LIEUTENANT COLONEL GORAN PAVLESKI, ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA “It represents a unique facility that can be used by NATO countries and US forces and the other partner countries to train, as a pre deployment training or other regular training that they are conducting. Training closer with the partner, shoulder to shoulder, shadowing their own events improves our knowledge and the skills of our soldiers overall which will help us for any other further deployment. Each of these opportunities is a great benefit for the army of the Republic of Macedonia because having US forces here or other partner countries forces provides an opportunity to exchange experience, some of the procedures, improve our procedures and overall improve the interoperability of the Macedonian army with NATO forces and other partner countries.” (05:04) SOUNDBITE IN ENGLISH STAFF SGT ADAM TUCKER, 61ST CAVALRY REGIMENT, US ARMY “From my understanding we’re the first ones to conduct a training exercise like the one we’re doing here. “I feel like it’s important, so that way soldiers don’t get complacent with the area that they’re doing it in. Also on a bigger picture I think it’s important so that way we go other places and kind of build relations with other organizations and other nations as well. Well it’s really nice to meet people who do that same job that I do but have a different place that they call home.”

Media tags

Reference
NATO721644
Date filming
14 Aug 2018 12:00
Location
Krivolak
Country
Former Yugoslav Republic Of Macedonia
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Type
B-roll