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US Army Chief of Staff visiting Georgia

By Mariam Chanishvili
Monday, August 14
United States Army Chief of Staff Mark Milley has come to Georgia for a two-day working visit.

Georgia's military officials greeted US Army Chief of Staff Mark Milley at Tbilisi International Airport.

After arriving to the Georgian capital of Tbilisi, Milley is going to attend the Noble Partner 2017 international military drills taking place in Georgia.

Georgia is hosting the largest edition of the annual Noble Partner defense exercise with its European and regional partners with troops from eight countries joining forces in order to train at the Vaziani military air base outside the capital of Tbilisi.

The service members from different countries participate in the drills focused on improving defense and attack skills.

The military drills were regarded as one of the most important occasions in Georgia-NATO relations.

Established in 2015, the Noble Partner exercise was initially founded to train service members from the Georgian Armed Forces and NATO member states for the NATO Response Force (NRF) unit and to improve the Georgian troops’ interoperability with NATO units.

During his visit to Georgia Milley will meet the high officials of Georgian Armed Forces.

Mark Milley is a United States Army officer - four-star general, he is the 39th Chief of Staff of the Army. He previously served as the 21st commanding general of U.S. Army Forces Command from August 15, 2014 to August 9, 2015.

Several years ago, Milley has made a statement that Russia is the only country that has enough nuclear capacities to destroy the United States, it is Russia’s opportunity, but their intentions are unknown.