WASHINGTON–DC–Armenia’s highest ranking military officer–Chief of Armed Forces General Staff and First Deputy Defense Minister Colonel-General Mikayel Harutyunian visited the United States on October 31-November 5–at the invitation of his US counterpart–Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Richard B. Myers.
Accompanied by Armenian Armed Forces officers–Col.-Gen. Harutyunian visited the US Joint Forces Command and NATO Allied Command Transformation in Norfolk–VA–US Central Command in Tampa–FL–as well as the State of Kansas–with which Armenia has concluded a State Partnership Program–providing for cooperation between the Kansas National Guard and the Armed Forces of the Republic of Armenia.
The Armenian military delegation then proceeded to Washington–DC–where Harutyunian held meetings with Gen. Richard B. Myers and other high-ranking officials at the Pentagon. The agenda for talks included US-Armenian military cooperation–peacekeeping–and issues related to Armenia’s participation in the NATO Partnership for Peace Program. Visiting the Arlington National Cemetery–Col.-Gen. Harutyunian placed a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns on behalf of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Armenia. The Armenian military delegation also visited the National Defense University and the Armenian Embassy in Washington–DC.
During the visit–Col.-Gen. Harutyunian was awarded the Legion of Merit in recognition of the constructive relationship him and his colleagues helped create between the armed forces of the US and Armenia. Armenia was also recognized for its significant contributions to the global war on terrorism and active cooperation in NATO Partnership for Peace Program.