The Defense Threat Reduction Agency supported a joint training exercise with members from the United States Army’s 1st Area Medical Laboratory and Central Sanitary Epidemiological Department of the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense. The goal of the training event was to increase Ukraine’s ability to detect disease outbreaks that threaten members of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
DTRA’s Biological Threat Reduction Program provided 3 mobile diagnostic units to Ukraine Armed Forces to ensure epidemiological capabilities in conflict prone areas. The training provided Ukrainians greater skills in utilizing that mobile equipment to detect dangerous pathogens and protect their defense forces from natural or deliberately released biological threats.
During opening remarks on June 7th, the Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine for European Integration Anatolii Petrenko and the U.S. Embassy’s Senior Defense Official Colonel Brittany Stewart highlighted the importance of the training and the strength of the decades’ long partnership between Ukraine and the United States.
“[Through this exercise] we demonstrate our shared commitment to each other and to the force health protection of those that defend Ukraine,” said Col Brittany Stewart
“[This training] is important for the development of special, specific medical capabilities not only of our servicemen of the Armed Forces, but also of society as a whole,” said Mr. Petrenko. “All this is being done with the support of …the Biological Threat Reduction Program in Ukraine. We greatly value the cooperation that exists between our Medical Forces command and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency of the United States.” For more information on BTRP and other DTRA programs, visit www.dtra.mil.