GALLERY: US military-built infrastructure worth $11.2m opened at Tapa army base (1)
Representatives of the Estonian Defence Forces and US Army Europe command ceremonially opened the newly completed US military-built inftrastructure, worth a total of 11.2 million dollars, at Tapa Army Base in Lääne-Viru County on Thursday.
"US investments in Tapa demonstrate that our allies' presence is permanent and assured," said Deputy Commander of the Defence Forces Brig. Gen. Indrek Sirel. "The infrastructure built will improve American units' training conditions as well as improve equipment storage and maintenance facilities."
Deputy Commander of the Defence Forces Brig. Gen. Indrek Sirel, Maj. Gen. John L. Gronski, Deputy Commanding General of the US Army Europe and US Ambassador to Estonia James D. Melville, Jr. took part in the ceremonial ribbon-cutting ceremony.
A total of 27 US-financed projects costing 11.2 million dollars have been completed at Tapa Army Base and Central Training Area. These projects were completed as a result of joint planning and coordination on the part of the Europe District of the US Army Corps of Engineers, the US Army Europe and the Estonian Ministry of Defence.
The completed infrastructure upgrades, including shooting ranges, garages, a car wash and a railway platform located near the army base for unloading military equipment, are meant to improve training conditions as well as to help ensure logistical support at the Estonian military base.