NATO Ministers expressed strong appreciation for Georgia’s sizeable contribution to NATO’s operations and missions, including the Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan to which Georgia is the second overall contributor. Together with Georgia’s participation in the NATO Response Force and in EU-led operations, these contributions demonstrate Georgia’s role as a contributor to our shared security in the Euro-Atlantic area and beyond. NATO Ministers expressed their gratitude to all the members of the Georgian Armed Forces who have served in ISAF, and extended their deepest sympathies to the families of those Georgian soldiers who lost their lives or were injured on this mission.
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WASHINGTON, Feb. 5, 2015 – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met with Italian Minister of Defense Roberta Pinotti today on the sidelines of the NATO Defense Ministerial conference in Brussels, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby reported.
In a statement summarizing the meeting, Kirby said Hagel thanked Pinotti for her leadership and for the contributions Italy continues to make to the alliance and in Afghanistan, as well as to coalition operations in Iraq.
Hagel also praised the minister’s efforts “to help our two militaries maintain a strong defense relationship, as well as Italy’s efforts to work closely with other NATO allies across many missions and operations,” Kirby said.
The two leaders also discussed a host of regional security issues, the admiral said, including Russia’s continued aggression inside Ukraine, the threat posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in the Middle East and recent instability in North Africa and the Levant.
“Minister Pinotti thanked Secretary Hagel for his leadership as he prepares to leave office, and both leaders reaffirmed the importance of renewed focus by the NATO alliance to address both continental and global security challenges,” Kirby said.
Mission Essential Personnel LLC, Columbus, Ohio, was awarded a $9,952,731 firm-fixed-price multi-year contract with options for intelligence support to U.S. forces in Afghanistan. Work will be performed in Afghanistan, with an estimated completion date of July 9, 2016. One bid was solicited with one received. Fiscal 2015 operations and maintenance (Army) funds in the amount of $9,952,731 are being obligated at the time of the award. Army Contracting Command, Rock Island, Illinois, is the contracting activity
L-3 National Security Solutions Inc., Reston, Virginia was awarded a $7,076,616 firm-fixed-price contract for intelligence support to U.S. forces in Afghanistan. Work will be performed in Afghanistan with an estimated completion date of July 9, 2016. One bid was solicited with one received. Fiscal 2015 operations and maintenance (Army) funds in the amount of $5,307,462 are being obligated at the time of the award. Army Contracting Command, Rock Island, Illinois, is the contracting activity (W560MY-15-C-0002).