U.S. Navy Adm. Robert Burke, commander of Allied Joint Force Command Naples, returns a salute to leaders of rotational units deployed to Novo Selo Training Area, Bulgaria, during a demonstration of capabilities, on April 19, 2022. These rotational units are a part of V Corps, America's Forward Deployed Corps in Europe. V Corps works alongside NATO Allies and regional security partners like Bulgaria to provide combat-ready forces, execute joint and multinational training exercises, and retain command and control for all rotational and assigned units in the European theater.
The Novo Selo Training Area, a site managed by U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz -- part of Installation Management Command-Europe -- is a major Bulgarian military training facility established in 1962. The facility has designated areas for tank shooting and other training. NSTA has become the favored site of annual joint U.S. and Bulgarian exercises since 2004. The 2006 Defense Cooperation Agreement between the United States and Bulgaria opened NSTA as a joint US-Bulgarian military base. Use by the U.S. Army started in late 2008 with a $61 million investment in the development of new Soldier housing and other infrastructure. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Dominique' Crittenden, 5th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)