Ca­na­dian Pa­ra­ded for the Ro­ma­nian Na­tio­nal Day

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Mem­bers of the Ope­ra­tion Reas­su­rance Air Task Force in Ro­ma­nia ( ATFRo­ma­nia) par­ti­ci­pa­ted in a pa­rade com­me­mo­ra­ting the Ro­ma­nian Na­tio­nal Day in Bu­cha­rest on De­cem­ber 1.

“Since the start of our mis­sion, when we first ar­ri­ved here in Ro­ma­nia, we pled­ged to in­ter­act with and sup­port our Ro­ma­nian hosts as much as pos­sible,” said LCol Mark Hi­ckey, Com­man­der of ATF – Ro­ma­nia. “When the op­por­tu­ni­ty to par­ti­ci­pate in the Na­tio­nal Day came along, we were ho­nou­red and gra­te­ful­ly ac­cep­ted the op­por­tu­ni­ty to take part. Our Ro­ma­nian Al­lies have been ama­zing hosts, and what bet­ter way to show our so­li­da­ri­ty with the people of this great coun­try than to ce­le­brate in their Na­tio­nal Day with them,” he said. This was the first time mem­bers of the Ca­na­dian Ar­med Forces have mar­ched in the pa­rade. It mar­ked the 99th an­ni­ver­sa­ry of Union Day, when Ro­ma­nia was uni­ted with what was then known as Tran­syl­va­nia and se­ve­ral other smal­ler re­gions. The Ro­ma­nian Na­tio­nal Day has been ce­le­bra­ted an­nual­ly since 1990. Thir­ty mem­bers of the ATF, ma­ny from 2 Wing Ba­got­ville, mar­ched in the pa­rade, while two CF- 18 Hor­nets flew over in se­quence with our Ro­ma­nian al­lies. The ATF’s Host Na­tion Liai­son Of­fi­cer et com­man­der of 2 ERC of 2 Wing Ba­got­ville, Maj Ch­ris­tian Ros­cius, was the lea­der of Ca­na­dian contin­gent in the pa­rade. A na­tive Ro­ma­nian from Bu­cha­rest, he im­mi­gra­ted to Ca­na­da in his teen years, but has stayed connec­ted with his Ro­ma­nian he­ri­tage. The pa­rade fea­tu­red more than 3,500 troops, 350 ground ve­hicles, and 50 air­craft from do­zens of or­ga­ni­za­tions wi­thin the Ro­ma­nian Ar­med Forces and other ser­vices. It al­so in­clu­ded the par­ti­ci­pa­tion of more than 300 per­son­nel from se­ve­ral NATO al­lied.

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