U.S. Army Europe (EUCOM) and the Bulgarian Land Forces Soldiers kicked off Saber Guardian 2014 on Mar 31, 2014. Saber Guardian 2014 is a multinational training exercise designed to reinforce U.S. Army Europe's commitment to increasing regional flexibility, preserving and enhancing NATO interoperability, and facilitating multinational training.
The Saber Guardian 2014 was scheduled for Mar 31 through Apr 4, involving approximately 700 military and civilian personnel from twelve participating nations including Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bulgaria, Georgia, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Ukraine, Turkey and the U.S.; as well as representatives from NATO Allied Land Command.
A Host Nation Coordination Center (HNCC) was established together with The CMDR COE (co-founder) and the U.S. Army Europe representatives. The HNCC was established to facilitate the Contingency Program Management (CPM) initiative whereby a Combatant Command systematically assesses, plans and integrates DoD, Whole of Government (WoG), Coalition, Host Nation, International Governmental Organization (IGO) and Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) capabilities to effectively acquire and efficiently deliver non-lethal goods, services, and capabilities in a comprehensive and programmatic manner within Saber Guardian 14.