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Matthias Hoepfner, German ambassador to Bulgaria, presents opening remarks Feb. 11 at the Civil-Military Interaction: Disaster Preparation and Response Workshop at the Central Military Club in Sofia, Bulgaria.  The Marshall Center organized this two-and-a-half day workshop in cooperation with the Bulgarian Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Interior and the Crisis Management and Disaster Response Center of Excellence in Sofia. 

The regional workshop ends Feb. 13 and includes 10 countries: Albania; Bosina-Horzgonvia; Bulgaria; Croatia; Greece; Kosovo; Macedonia; Montenegro; Romania; and, United States. Representing the United States were U.S. National Guardsmen from the State Partnership Program.  Also giving opening remarks (from right) are:  U.S. Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Elizabeth Fitzsimmons; Bulgarian Deputy Minister of Interior Plamen Angelov, Deputy Chief of Defense Policy Directorate Bulgarian Army Col. Konstantin Nestorov; and, Commandant of the Rakovski National Defense Academy Bulgarian Navy Commodore Dimitar Angelov. (Courtesy photo)