KSF/KBP Trauma Management Training Graduation Ceremony

Ambassador Delawie’s Remarks at the KSF/KBP Tactical Trauma Management (TTM) Training Graduation Ceremony, Friday, March 30, 2018

Mirëdita, dobar dan. Minister, General, members of the Kosovo Security Force (KSF), and Kosovo Border Police.  I’m really happy to be here.  I understand over the last two weeks you have learned essential trauma management skills.  I sure hope you are never put in a position where you actually need to use those skills.  Nobody wants to be in that situation.  But, should it become necessary, you now possess the aptitude, the ability to deal with everything from a minor injury to a major catastrophe.  You know how to evaluate a patient, how to keep them alive until the necessary medical assistance arrives.  You are prepared to save lives.  I think that’s an absolutely essential skill for people in public service, for members, for police, for people in your line of work.

I was particularly pleased to see this training included participants from both the Border Police and the Kosovo Security Forces.  I know that interagency collaboration is essential, it’s never easy, but nevertheless it is essential.  I’m pleased to hear things went very well and I look forward to hearing about future interagency training opportunities.

Additionally, I want to stress how pleased I was to hear this training was diverse in its composition.  This reflects Kosovo’s goal to be an inclusive and welcoming nation; providing all of its citizens opportunities for a better future, not based on their gender or ethnicity but on determination and abilities.

The U.S. Embassy’s Civil Military Support Element has built strong relationships with both KSF and KBP for more than four years now.  The fruits of those relationships are events like these.  Events which show the true professionalism and dedication of the men and women, who selflessly volunteer to serve and protect the lives of their fellow citizens.  I’m proud to witness your dedication first-hand.

So once again, congratulations to the graduates of this training, to the trainers and to the leaders who made it happen.  Well done.

Thank you all very much.