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News | April 26, 2016

Kazak and Tajik officers review progress with U.S. Central Command

MacDill AFB, Fla. (April 26, 2016) - Officers from the Kazakhstan and Republic of Tajikistan Ministries of Defense met with their counter parts from U.S. Central Command for their annual the Consultative Staff Talks (CST) here April 25 and 26.The CST serves to review the progress on the current year’s joint military-to-military activities and to finalize the plan for next year’s activities. This year’s CST represents another successful step forward in deepening U.S.-Kazakhstan and U.S.-Tajikistan military cooperation to advance our mutual security and defense interests. The primary areas of cooperation between the U.S. and Kazakhstan are the continued increased professionalization of Kazakhstan’s MoD, with a focus on Non-commissioned officers (NCO),as well as personnel and training management, and military education.Kazakhstan was represented by Colonel Adel Nurmashev, from the MoD’s Department of International Cooperation, along with representatives from the Department of Military Education, Combat Training Department, NCO Directorate, and Special Operations Forces.

Colonel Adbulkhoshim Gulomzoda, Deputy Minister of Defense of the Republic of Tajikistan, served as the head of the Tajik delegation this year. In addition to furthering U.S. –Tajikistan military cooperation, this year’s CSTs occurred during Tajikistan’s 25th year of Independence.

U.S CENTCOM and Kazakh Ministry of Defense officers meet in Tampa, Florida to review joint progress during the annual Consultative Staff Talks April 26 and 27, 2016. – File photo.

The Republic of Tajikistan delegation to the Consultative Staff Talks and their U.S. Central Command counterparts met in Tampa, Florida April 26 and 27, 2016. – File Photo.