Sr. Lt. Gen. Hoang Xuan Chien speaks at the event.

Deputy Minister of National Defense, Head of the Inter-Sectoral Working Group, and Head of the Ministry of National Defense’s Steering Committee for the Participation in U.N. Peacekeeping Operations Senior Lieutenant General Hoang Xuan Chien chaired the event and assigned tasks to the officer.

According to the decision, Second-in-Command of the Training Center under the Vietnam Department of Peacekeeping Operations (VNDPKO) Colonel Truong Anh Tuan will undertake the duty as the Military Affair Officer at the Office of Military Affairs, the U.N.’s Department of Peace Operations (DPO) in New York, becoming the fourth officer of the Vietnam People’s Army to work at the headquarters of the U.N.

Sr. Lt. Gen. Hoang Xuan Chien hands over the decision and congratulates Col. Tuan on being sent to work at the U.N. headquarters.

Speaking at the event, Gen. Chien highly appreciated outcomes obtained by the Vietnamese peacekeeping force and congratulated Col. Tuan on the honor. He asked the officer to adhere to and strictly implement the Party, State, and military’s guidelines on foreign relations; strictly observe military discipline, regulations of the U.N, laws of the host country, and instructions of functional agencies; ensure absolute safety of personnel and equipment; uphold a sense of responsibility, international solidarity; pro-actively overcome difficulties, closely follow situational developments, and promptly carry out assigned duties; well perform research and advisory role to enhance Vietnam’s participation in peacekeeping activities in new areas, on a larger scale, and in expanded fields.

According to the VNDPKO’s Vice Director Senior Colonel Nguyen Nhu Canh, Col. Tuan, together with an officer from Pakistan, successfully surpassed representatives from 193 countries to be Military Affair officers. This is a clear proof of Vietnamese officers’ capability in carrying out missions in international environment in general and the highly demanding environment at the U.N. in particular.

Col. Tuan speaks at the event, showing determination to successfully complete assigned missions.

Speaking the event, Col. Tuan showed the highest determination to accomplish all tasks assigned by the U.N., the Central Military Commission, and the Ministry of National Defense, uphold unity, regularly study and evaluate the situation to promptly handle circumstances, ensure absolute safety, and actively engage in humanitarian activities, contributing to spreading the image of a friendly, humane, and peace-loving Vietnam and the noble qualities of the “Uncle Ho’s soldiers” to international friends and colleagues.

Delegates in a joint photo

Col. Tuan used to serve as a Liaison Officer at the U.N. peacekeeping mission in South Sudan from July 2015 to July 2016. He was a postgraduate student of the University of Missouri - Columbia, conducted research on defense and security strategies at the United States National Defense University, participated in numerous pre-deployment training courses, and worked as an instructor at refresher courses on peacekeeping for foreign trainees in Vietnam and other countries.

Translated by Tran Hoai