Ministry of National Defence
Information and Public Relations Directorate
No.302 - 26 October 2016
A MoND delegation and injured veteran soldiers in visit to Afghanistan
On the Day of the Romanian Armed Forces, a MoND delegation headed by State Secretary for Defence Policy and Planning, Ștefan Tinca, visited the Romanian soldiers deployed in mission in the theater of operations from Afghanistan.
For the first time, nine veteran soldiers injured in Afghanistan, who were in critical condition at the time of their medical evacuation, came back to the theater of operations in order to meet their colleagues who are still on mission, but also to go back home being aware and proud of the fact they eventually accomplished their mission.
The officials and the veterans had talks with the soldiers, assisted in the preparation of a combat mission and visited a ROL III-type hospital from Kandahar. This visit stood for a proof of courage and strength for Captains George Olteanu and Dănuț Nicola, Command Sergeant Major Marius Apostol, Master Sergeants Nicușor Bica, Daniel Riza, Marius Barbu, Dumitru Paraschiva and Sergeants First Class Ionuț Butoi and Adrian Crețu and, at the same time, an important stage of their recovery process.
Currently, 780 soldiers are deployed in international missions, 629 out of which are in Afghanistan.
The Romanian military lost 28 soldiers in the theaters of operations while 180 soldiers were injured in missions.