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Press Release | Aug. 10, 2022

Regional Cooperation 22 begins in Tajikistan


Aug. 10, 2022

Release Number 20220810-01


DUSHANBE, Tajikistan - The U.S. Central Command sponsored exercise REGIONAL COOPERATION 22, hosted by Tajikistan and with Soldiers and Airmen from the Massachusetts, Virginia, Arizona and Montana National Guard, kicked off Aug. 10, 2022, in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. Participants from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and observers from Mongolia and Pakistan will be involved in a six-day command post and field training exercise designed to enhance regional security and stability; increase national capabilities and commitment to interdict weapons of mass destruction, terrorist elements, and narcotics; and help develop regional defense forces in international peace operations and information sharing.

“It is an unparalleled opportunity to strengthen partnerships and strengthen our capacity for working together,“ said Ambassador John Mark Pommersheim, the U.S. ambassador to the Republic of Tajikistan, during the start of the exercise.

Over the course of the exercise, the multi-national team comprised of approximately 350 U.S. and partner nation participants will develop a combined military response to several potential scenarios. Training will begin with three days of academics focused on the Military Decision-Making Process, or MDMP, followed by six days of scenario-driven training. The exercise will provide participants the opportunity to maintain and improve proficiency while strengthening relationships.

U.S. and Central and South Asian nations have been involved in the annual RC exercise since 2004, and 2022 marks the sixth time Tajikistan has hosted the event.