US Army civil affairs Soldiers enhance interoperability with Bulgarian allies

By Capt. Angelo MejiaMay 12, 2022

Bulgarian Land Forces Sgt. Hristo Georgiev, assigned to the Civil-Military Cooperation Company, 78th Support Battalion, applies medical gauze as a tourniquet onto U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Obed Lopez, Civil Affairs Team 0733, 407th Civil Affairs Battalion, during a combined Bulgarian Red Cross simulation training between U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to the 407th Civil Affairs Battalion and Bulgarian Land Forces soldiers assigned to the Civil-Military Cooperation Company, 78th Support Battalion at Lozen, Bulgaria, May 10, 2022. The coordination between U.S. Army Civil Affairs, Bulgarian Civil-Military Cooperation, and local civilian organizations is crucial in supporting humanitarian assistance and disaster relief in the region, and is necessary to protect and promote humanitarian principles. Bulgaria is a steadfast and gracious host, and the U.S. is honored to continue its long-term cooperation through engagements such as bilateral exchanges to improve partnership interoperability. (U.S. Army photo by Capt. Angelo Mejia, 5th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)
1 / 4 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Bulgarian Land Forces Sgt. Hristo Georgiev, assigned to the Civil-Military Cooperation Company, 78th Support Battalion, applies medical gauze as a tourniquet onto U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Obed Lopez, Civil Affairs Team 0733, 407th Civil Affairs Battalion, during a combined Bulgarian Red Cross simulation training between U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to the 407th Civil Affairs Battalion and Bulgarian Land Forces soldiers assigned to the Civil-Military Cooperation Company, 78th Support Battalion at Lozen, Bulgaria, May 10, 2022. The coordination between U.S. Army Civil Affairs, Bulgarian Civil-Military Cooperation, and local civilian organizations is crucial in supporting humanitarian assistance and disaster relief in the region, and is necessary to protect and promote humanitarian principles. Bulgaria is a steadfast and gracious host, and the U.S. is honored to continue its long-term cooperation through engagements such as bilateral exchanges to improve partnership interoperability. (U.S. Army photo by Capt. Angelo Mejia, 5th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment) (Photo Credit: Capt. Angelo Mejia) VIEW ORIGINAL
Bulgarian Land Forces Pvt. Hristo Georgiev, Civil-Military Cooperation Company; U.S. Army Capt. Angela Hansen, Area Support Group - Black Sea; and U.S. Army Capt. Kesa Channoy, 407th Civil Affairs Battalion, brace themselves for an earthquake simulation during a combined Bulgarian Red Cross training between U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to the 407th Civil Affairs Battalion and Bulgarian Land Forces soldiers assigned to the Civil-Military Cooperation Company, 78th Support Battalion at Lozen, Bulgaria, May 10, 2022. The coordination between U.S. Army Civil Affairs, Bulgarian Civil-Military Cooperation, and local civilian organizations is crucial in supporting humanitarian assistance and disaster relief in the region, and is necessary to protect and promote humanitarian principles. Bulgaria is a steadfast and gracious host, and the U.S. is honored to continue its long-term cooperation through engagements such as bilateral exchanges to improve partnership interoperability. (U.S. Army photo by Capt. Angelo Mejia, 5th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)
2 / 4 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Bulgarian Land Forces Pvt. Hristo Georgiev, Civil-Military Cooperation Company; U.S. Army Capt. Angela Hansen, Area Support Group - Black Sea; and U.S. Army Capt. Kesa Channoy, 407th Civil Affairs Battalion, brace themselves for an earthquake simulation during a combined Bulgarian Red Cross training between U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to the 407th Civil Affairs Battalion and Bulgarian Land Forces soldiers assigned to the Civil-Military Cooperation Company, 78th Support Battalion at Lozen, Bulgaria, May 10, 2022. The coordination between U.S. Army Civil Affairs, Bulgarian Civil-Military Cooperation, and local civilian organizations is crucial in supporting humanitarian assistance and disaster relief in the region, and is necessary to protect and promote humanitarian principles. Bulgaria is a steadfast and gracious host, and the U.S. is honored to continue its long-term cooperation through engagements such as bilateral exchanges to improve partnership interoperability. (U.S. Army photo by Capt. Angelo Mejia, 5th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment) (Photo Credit: Capt. Angelo Mejia) VIEW ORIGINAL
U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to Civil Affairs Team 0733, 407th Civil Affairs Battalion and Bulgarian Land Forces soldiers assigned to the Civil-Military Cooperation Company, 78th Support Battalion conduct CPR simulation onto medical-specific manikins during a combined Bulgarian Red Cross training at Lozen, Bulgaria, May 10, 2022. The coordination between U.S. Army Civil Affairs, Bulgarian Civil-Military Cooperation, and local civilian organizations is crucial in supporting humanitarian assistance and disaster relief in the region, and is necessary to protect and promote humanitarian principles. Bulgaria is a steadfast and gracious host, and the U.S. is honored to continue its long-term cooperation through engagements such as bilateral exchanges to improve partnership interoperability. (U.S. Army photo by Capt. Angelo Mejia, 5th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)
3 / 4 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to Civil Affairs Team 0733, 407th Civil Affairs Battalion and Bulgarian Land Forces soldiers assigned to the Civil-Military Cooperation Company, 78th Support Battalion conduct CPR simulation onto medical-specific manikins during a combined Bulgarian Red Cross training at Lozen, Bulgaria, May 10, 2022. The coordination between U.S. Army Civil Affairs, Bulgarian Civil-Military Cooperation, and local civilian organizations is crucial in supporting humanitarian assistance and disaster relief in the region, and is necessary to protect and promote humanitarian principles. Bulgaria is a steadfast and gracious host, and the U.S. is honored to continue its long-term cooperation through engagements such as bilateral exchanges to improve partnership interoperability. (U.S. Army photo by Capt. Angelo Mejia, 5th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment) (Photo Credit: Capt. Angelo Mejia) VIEW ORIGINAL
Bulgarian Land Forces 1st Lt. Ivo Georgiev, assigned to the Civil-Military Cooperation Company, 78th Support Battalion, applies a sling and swathe onto U.S. Army Sgt. Vaughn Rowles, from Civil Affairs Team 0733, 407th Civil Affairs Battalion, during a combined Bulgarian Red Cross simulation training between U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to the 407th Civil Affairs Battalion and Bulgarian Land Forces soldiers assigned to the Civil-Military Cooperation Company, 78th Support Battalion at Lozen, Bulgaria, May 10, 2022. The coordination between U.S. Army Civil Affairs, Bulgarian Civil-Military Cooperation, and local civilian organizations is crucial in supporting humanitarian assistance and disaster relief in the region, and is necessary to protect and promote humanitarian principles. Bulgaria is a steadfast and gracious host, and the U.S. is honored to continue its long-term cooperation through engagements such as bilateral exchanges to improve partnership interoperability. (U.S. Army photo by Capt. Angelo Mejia, 5th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)
4 / 4 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Bulgarian Land Forces 1st Lt. Ivo Georgiev, assigned to the Civil-Military Cooperation Company, 78th Support Battalion, applies a sling and swathe onto U.S. Army Sgt. Vaughn Rowles, from Civil Affairs Team 0733, 407th Civil Affairs Battalion, during a combined Bulgarian Red Cross simulation training between U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to the 407th Civil Affairs Battalion and Bulgarian Land Forces soldiers assigned to the Civil-Military Cooperation Company, 78th Support Battalion at Lozen, Bulgaria, May 10, 2022. The coordination between U.S. Army Civil Affairs, Bulgarian Civil-Military Cooperation, and local civilian organizations is crucial in supporting humanitarian assistance and disaster relief in the region, and is necessary to protect and promote humanitarian principles. Bulgaria is a steadfast and gracious host, and the U.S. is honored to continue its long-term cooperation through engagements such as bilateral exchanges to improve partnership interoperability. (U.S. Army photo by Capt. Angelo Mejia, 5th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment) (Photo Credit: Capt. Angelo Mejia) VIEW ORIGINAL

LOZEN, Bulgaria - A team of U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to the 407th Civil Affairs Battalion continue to build relationships and enhance interoperability with Bulgarian Land Forces soldiers and the Bulgarian Red Cross during a first-aid and emergency response training in Lozen, Bulgaria, May 10, 2022.

Since January, Civil Affairs Team 0733, from the 407th Civil Affairs Battalion out of Arden Hills, Minnesota, has been working with the U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria and soldiers assigned to the Civil-Military Cooperation Company, 78th Support Battalion, Bulgarian Land Forces, to build relationships around the country and enhance interoperability.

Team Leader of Civil Affairs Team 0733 U.S. Army Capt. Kesa Channoy says, “we are here to demonstrate our commitment and conviction to our expanding partnership, to our cooperation, solidarity and common interests. Today’s world is complex and full of uncertainty as it has always been. So being open, diligent, vigilant and willing to work together as one team makes us stronger.”

Bulgarian Civil-Military Cooperation Company Commander Capt. Martin Margitin similarly expressed the importance of their partnership, “the cooperation between the Bulgarian Civil-Military Cooperation and U.S. Army Civil Affairs is beneficial for both sides. We have to continue to build relations for the success of future missions.”

Dr. Georgi Zayov, first aid trainer for the Bulgarian Red Cross, works with a U.S. Army Soldier to demonstrate how to render first aid and control bleeding on a casualty during a combined Bulgarian Red Cross training between U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to the 407th Civil Affairs Battalion and Bulgarian Land Forces soldiers assigned to the Civil-Military Cooperation Company, 78th Support Battalion at Lozen, Bulgaria, May 10, 2022. The coordination between U.S. Army Civil Affairs, Bulgarian Civil-Military Cooperation, and local civilian organizations is crucial in supporting humanitarian assistance and disaster relief in the region, and is necessary to protect and promote humanitarian principles. Bulgaria is a steadfast and gracious host, and the U.S. is honored to continue its long-term cooperation through engagements such as bilateral exchanges to improve partnership interoperability. (U.S. Army photo by Capt. Angelo Mejia, 5th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)
1 / 4 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Dr. Georgi Zayov, first aid trainer for the Bulgarian Red Cross, works with a U.S. Army Soldier to demonstrate how to render first aid and control bleeding on a casualty during a combined Bulgarian Red Cross training between U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to the 407th Civil Affairs Battalion and Bulgarian Land Forces soldiers assigned to the Civil-Military Cooperation Company, 78th Support Battalion at Lozen, Bulgaria, May 10, 2022. The coordination between U.S. Army Civil Affairs, Bulgarian Civil-Military Cooperation, and local civilian organizations is crucial in supporting humanitarian assistance and disaster relief in the region, and is necessary to protect and promote humanitarian principles. Bulgaria is a steadfast and gracious host, and the U.S. is honored to continue its long-term cooperation through engagements such as bilateral exchanges to improve partnership interoperability. (U.S. Army photo by Capt. Angelo Mejia, 5th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment) (Photo Credit: Capt. Angelo Mejia) VIEW ORIGINAL
Deputy Chief of Mission Andrea Brouillette-Rodriguez, U.S. Embassy in Sofia, talks with U.S. Army Col. Kendrick Traylor, commander of Area Support Group - Black Sea, on the importance of building relationships and civil-military cooperation during a ceremony for the combined Bulgarian Red Cross training between U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to the 407th Civil Affairs Battalion and Bulgarian Land Forces soldiers assigned to the Civil-Military Cooperation Company, 78th Support Battalion at Lozen, Bulgaria, May 11, 2022. The coordination between U.S. Army Civil Affairs, Bulgarian Civil-Military Cooperation, and local civilian organizations is crucial in supporting humanitarian assistance and disaster relief in the region, and is necessary to protect and promote humanitarian principles. Bulgaria is a steadfast and gracious host, and the U.S. is honored to continue its long-term cooperation through engagements such as bilateral exchanges to improve partnership interoperability. (U.S. Army photo by Capt. Angelo Mejia, 5th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)
2 / 4 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Deputy Chief of Mission Andrea Brouillette-Rodriguez, U.S. Embassy in Sofia, talks with U.S. Army Col. Kendrick Traylor, commander of Area Support Group - Black Sea, on the importance of building relationships and civil-military cooperation during a ceremony for the combined Bulgarian Red Cross training between U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to the 407th Civil Affairs Battalion and Bulgarian Land Forces soldiers assigned to the Civil-Military Cooperation Company, 78th Support Battalion at Lozen, Bulgaria, May 11, 2022. The coordination between U.S. Army Civil Affairs, Bulgarian Civil-Military Cooperation, and local civilian organizations is crucial in supporting humanitarian assistance and disaster relief in the region, and is necessary to protect and promote humanitarian principles. Bulgaria is a steadfast and gracious host, and the U.S. is honored to continue its long-term cooperation through engagements such as bilateral exchanges to improve partnership interoperability. (U.S. Army photo by Capt. Angelo Mejia, 5th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment) (Photo Credit: Capt. Angelo Mejia) VIEW ORIGINAL
U.S. Army Capt. Kesa Channoy, team leader for Civil Affairs Team 0733, 407th Civil Affairs Battalion, talks about the importance of building relationships and civil-military cooperation during a ceremony for the combined Bulgarian Red Cross training between U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to the 407th Civil Affairs Battalion and Bulgarian Land Forces soldiers assigned to the Civil-Military Cooperation Company, 78th Support Battalion at Lozen, Bulgaria, May 11, 2022. The coordination between U.S. Army Civil Affairs, Bulgarian Civil-Military Cooperation, and local civilian organizations is crucial in supporting humanitarian assistance and disaster relief in the region, and is necessary to protect and promote humanitarian principles. Bulgaria is a steadfast and gracious host, and the U.S. is honored to continue its long-term cooperation through engagements such as bilateral exchanges to improve partnership interoperability. (U.S. Army photo by Capt. Angelo Mejia, 5th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)
3 / 4 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Capt. Kesa Channoy, team leader for Civil Affairs Team 0733, 407th Civil Affairs Battalion, talks about the importance of building relationships and civil-military cooperation during a ceremony for the combined Bulgarian Red Cross training between U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to the 407th Civil Affairs Battalion and Bulgarian Land Forces soldiers assigned to the Civil-Military Cooperation Company, 78th Support Battalion at Lozen, Bulgaria, May 11, 2022. The coordination between U.S. Army Civil Affairs, Bulgarian Civil-Military Cooperation, and local civilian organizations is crucial in supporting humanitarian assistance and disaster relief in the region, and is necessary to protect and promote humanitarian principles. Bulgaria is a steadfast and gracious host, and the U.S. is honored to continue its long-term cooperation through engagements such as bilateral exchanges to improve partnership interoperability. (U.S. Army photo by Capt. Angelo Mejia, 5th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment) (Photo Credit: Capt. Angelo Mejia) VIEW ORIGINAL
Maj. Gen. Mihail Dimitrov Popov, commander of the Bulgarian Land Forces, talks with U.S. Army Col. Kendrick Traylor, commander of Area Support Group - Black Sea, during a ceremony for the combined Bulgarian Red Cross training between U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to the 407th Civil Affairs Battalion and Bulgarian Land Forces soldiers assigned to the Civil-Military Cooperation Company, 78th Support Battalion at Lozen, Bulgaria, May 11, 2022. The coordination between U.S. Army Civil Affairs, Bulgarian Civil-Military Cooperation, and local civilian organizations is crucial in supporting humanitarian assistance and disaster relief in the region, and is necessary to protect and promote humanitarian principles. Bulgaria is a steadfast and gracious host, and the U.S. is honored to continue its long-term cooperation through engagements such as bilateral exchanges to improve partnership interoperability. (U.S. Army photo by Capt. Angelo Mejia, 5th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)
4 / 4 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Maj. Gen. Mihail Dimitrov Popov, commander of the Bulgarian Land Forces, talks with U.S. Army Col. Kendrick Traylor, commander of Area Support Group - Black Sea, during a ceremony for the combined Bulgarian Red Cross training between U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to the 407th Civil Affairs Battalion and Bulgarian Land Forces soldiers assigned to the Civil-Military Cooperation Company, 78th Support Battalion at Lozen, Bulgaria, May 11, 2022. The coordination between U.S. Army Civil Affairs, Bulgarian Civil-Military Cooperation, and local civilian organizations is crucial in supporting humanitarian assistance and disaster relief in the region, and is necessary to protect and promote humanitarian principles. Bulgaria is a steadfast and gracious host, and the U.S. is honored to continue its long-term cooperation through engagements such as bilateral exchanges to improve partnership interoperability. (U.S. Army photo by Capt. Angelo Mejia, 5th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment) (Photo Credit: Capt. Angelo Mejia) VIEW ORIGINAL

The partnership with the Bulgarian Red Cross is one of many coordinated efforts between civilian and military actors in emergencies. Soldiers from both sides learned to conduct first-aid, how to respond in a variety of emergencies and the structure of the Bulgarian Red Cross as part of the International Red Cross Movement.

“Thank you to the Bulgarian Red Cross for hosting our training. Our combined training yesterday once again demonstrated the importance of civil-military cooperation. Our training yesterday would not have been possible without your help,” Channoy said.

The training concluded with a ceremony the following day that was attended by Deputy Chief of Mission Andrea Brouillette-Rodriguez, U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria, and Maj. Gen. Mihail Dimitrov Popov, commander of Bulgarian Land Forces.

“I have been very impressed by the level of collaborations between the Bulgarian Civil-Military Cooperation Company and the American Civil Affairs Team,” said Brouillette-Rodriguez. “It is clear that they have made great strides to integrate with one another. Whether it is regular meetings, working to understand each other’s doctrine, or meeting officials across Bulgaria together, they are showing us what it truly means to be Allies.”

The coordination between U.S. Army Civil Affairs, Bulgarian Civil-Military Cooperation and local civilian organizations are crucial in supporting humanitarian assistance and disaster relief in the region and are necessary to protect and promote humanitarian principles.

Bulgaria is a steadfast and gracious host, and the U.S. is honored to continue our long-term cooperation through engagements such as bilateral exchanges to improve partnership interoperability.