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The U.S. Ambassador to Georgia John Tefft addresses the Georgian graduates of the SSOP II Program. June 17, 2007.

The Georgia Sustainment and Stability Operations Program (Georgia SSOP) is a security assistance program designed to create an increased capability in the Georgian military to support Operation Iraqi Freedom stability missions. Launched in January 2005, SSOP will also help solidify the progress made during the very successful Georgia Train and Equip Program (GTEP) of 2002-2004 and continue to assist in the implementation of western standards in the Georgian armed forces. The first part of the program (SSOP I) lasted about 18 months and cost approximately $60 million.

Conducted by United States Army Special Forces and United States Marine Corps, Europe SSOP is designed to train two Infantry Battalions for military service in Iraq; two Logistics Battalions; specialized units for the Georgian 1st Brigade; and staff training for the 1st and 2nd Georgian Brigade, the Land Forces Command Staff, and the Operations Cell of the Georgian General Staff. Additionally, SSOP will provide Georgia with a cadre of trainers and staff to support additional personnel and peacekeeping units.

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