Lt. Gen. Tryon attends departure ceremony of Georgian battalions, tours National Defense Academy
By Lance Cpl. Scott Whiting
| Marine Forces Europe and Africa | March 28, 2014
MIHAIL KOGALNICEANU, Romania --
Lieutenant Gen. Richard Tryon, commander of U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command and U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Europe, traveled to Georgia and met with Georgian military officials March 19 and 20.
On March 19, Tryon and his officials flew to Tbilisi to meet with Irakli Alasania, the Georgian minister of defense. Defence Minister Alasania thanked Lt. Gen. Tryon for his visit and made a statement alongside the Marine general after their meeting. “We are grateful as Lieutenant General Richard Tryon visits Georgia. He is a great friend of the Georgian Army. Many Georgian soldiers have been prepared under his guidance and command,” he said.
The military officials also discussed the situation in Ukraine. “I echo Ambassador Norland’s comments that the U.S. will continue to be engaged with our partners and allies in the region calling for de-escalation and a peaceful solution to the crisis in Ukraine. The presence of Russian Military Forces in Ukraine is not acceptable, just as it is not acceptable in South Ossetia and Abkhazia,” said Tryon.
There Lt. Gen. Tryon traveled to the Georgian National Defense Academy to tour the facilities and speak to the Georgian soldiers at the academy about the United States Marine Corps. He discussed with the soldiers the history, traditions, core values and beliefs of the Marine Corps and also answered questions the soldiers had about the United States military.
The Georgians held a departure ceremony for their Special Mountain Battalion and 23rd Bn. the next day. The two Georgian battalions, along with a detachment of Marines from Georgian Liaison Team 12, are deploying to Afghanistan as part of the International Security Assistance Force, and Tryon was in attendance for the ceremony.
“It is a great honor for me to be with you today as you prepare to deploy to Afghanistan as of ISAF,” he said in his speech to the battalions during the ceremony. “The Georgian Armed Forces and the U.S. Marines have operated together since 2009. We share the same mission and the same warrior spirit. We have fought proudly side by side, sharing sacrifice and success since 2009.”