☷U S honors Spanish officers in NATO unit
U.S. Army ( By Press Release office)
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Spanish Army Col . Juan Salvat receives an Army Achievement Medal from Col . Jerzy Zubr , U . S . senior national representative at the NATO Rapid Deployable Corps – Spain , during an awards ceremony Nov . 2 in Valencia , Spain . Spanish Army Lt . Col . Jorge Rodriguez de Guzman salutes Col . Jerzy Zubr , U . S . senior national representative at the NATO Rapid Deployable Corps – Spain , during an awards ceremony Nov . 2 in Valencia , Spain . Rodriguez de Guzman and Spanish Army Lt . Col . Manuel Tenorio ( right ) received Army Commendation Medals from Zubr for their support to U . S . Soldiers . U . S . and Spanish soldiers assigned to NATO Rapid Deployable Corps – Spain pause for a group photo after an awards ceremony held in Valencia , Spain Nov . 2 . The Soldiers are from left to right: Sgt . 1st Class Joyce Ho , Sgt . 1st Class Larry Stample , Maj . Robert Payne , Maj . Francisco Bonilla , Lt . Col . Jorge Rodriguez de Guzman , Lt . Col . Manuel Tenorio , Col . Juan Salvat , Col . Jerzy Zubr , Sgt . 1st Class Aaron Welch , Lt . Col . Ramon Ruiz , Maj . Kerman Rodriguez , Maj . Ken Dougher and Lt . Col . Sang Han . VALENCIA , Spain - - The U . S . senior national representative at the NATO Rapid Deployable Corps - Spain awarded medals to three field grade officers during a ceremony Nov . 2 . U . S . Army Col . Jerzy Zubr awarded two Army Commendation Medals and one Army Achievement Medal to the Spanish officers for their support to U . S . Soldiers in Spain . In addition to serving as the SNR at NRDC - Spain , Zubr is the corps’ operations chief . “It is a privilege and an honor to present a U . S . award to an ally , ” said Zubr . “The awards recognize an important achievement , but more importantly , they underscore the U . S . Army ' s gratitude to our Spanish allies for their efforts to prevent conflict and preserve peace for nearly one billion people within the NATO alliance . ” Spanish Army Lt . Col . Manuel Tenorio received an Army Commendation Medal for his service in the corps’ G3 Section . “Lt . Col . Tenorio ' s award covered 10 years of friendship and loyalty to four U . S . Army Colonels , ” said Zubr . “His positive attitude and diplomatic spirit were an important and visible component of the G3 Operations Branch camaraderie and partnership building . ” Spanish Army Lt . Col . Jorge Rodriguez de Guzman , G3 Spanish Army Parachute Brigade liaison , received an Army Commendation Medal for hosting dozens of U . S . Reserve Officer Training Command cadets training with Spanish paratroopers in the summer of 2013 and 2014 as part of the Cultural Understanding and Leadership Program . Spanish Army Col . Juan Salvat received an Army Achievement Medal for organizing the training of over 20 U . S . Army ROTC cadets with the Spanish Army 4th Legion Regiment in Ronda during the summer of 2014 . “Two of the awards presented on Nov . 2 bring the added circumstance that it took us eight years to finally pin them on Col . Salvat and Lt . Col . Rodriguez ' s chests , ” said Zubr . “However long it took , I believe it made the awards more meaningful because they were unequivocal statements that the U . S . Army does not forget our friends ' assistance . “No nation can confront today’s challenges alone , and as the European security environment continues to shift , the U . S . relies more and more on our relationships with allies for regional leadership , interoperability , and collaboration , ” said Zubr . “The U . S . will continue to work closely with Spain to achieve our mutual objectives and address our shared foreign policy challenges , especially as we strive to permanently mitigate the risk to security posed by terror organizations and other threats . ” The NATO Rapid Deployable Corps - Spain is one of nine land forces headquarters that make up the NATO Force Structure . About four hundred military personnel from the Czech Republic , France , Germany , Greece , Italy , Poland , Portugal , Romania , Turkey , the United Kingdom , the United States and Spain serve in the unit . U . S . Army NATO Brigade provides support to Soldiers and their families to provide ready and resilient Soldiers to the NATO alliance , maintain our joint and multinational partnerships and enhance the alliance . The brigade is the U . S . Army support element for units at 81 locations in 22 countries . For more information go to U . S . Army NATO Brigade .
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