Minister of Defence of Ukraine General of the Army of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak held talks with Senior US Military Adviser General John Abizaid who had arrived to Ukraine.
Generals discussed the progress of defence reforms, achievements and tasks, as well as plans of Gen Abizaid.
“Our reform plans are ambitious,” Gen Poltorak stressed, “We have defined five strategic goals and developed the roadmap of reforms. Surely, we have a lot of work to do but I’m sure we’ll do everything thanks to our great wish and assistance of our foreign partners.”
The head of US delegation reaffirmed he was ready to help MoD to form strong and combat ready army, as well as praised all the achievements.
John Philip Abizaid is a retired United States Army general and former U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) commander, overseeing American military operations in a 27-country region, from the Horn of Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, to South and Central Asia, covering much of the Middle East. CENTCOM oversees 250,000 US troops. Abizaid succeeded General Tommy Franks as Commander, USCENTCOM, on July 7, 2003, and was also elevated to the rank of four-star general the same week. He was succeeded by Admiral William J. Fallon on March 16, 2007.
General Abizaid commanded the 3rd Battalion, 325th Airborne Battalion combat Team in Vicenza, Italy, during the Gulf crisis and deployed with the battalion to Kurdistan in Northern Iraq. His brigade command was the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 82nd Airborne Division. He served as the Assistant Division Commander, 1st Armored Division, in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Following that tour, he served as the 66th Commandant at West Point. Later, he commanded 1st Infantry Division, the “Big Red One,” in Wurzburg which provided the first ground forces into Kosovo. He served as the Deputy Commander (Forward), Combined Forces Command, US Central Command during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.
His famous quote states: "I think what actually works best is local-level individual targeting of key leadership nodes."