Cadet Summer Training

CULP-Romania learns traditional dances, attends live fire trainings

This week, team nine had the honor of viewing a private performance of traditional Romanian dance.  The father of one of the Romanian soldiers we teach conversational English to organized the dance.  After seeing that we were curious to learn more about traditional Romanian culture, the soldier invited us to come view a performance by his father’s dance class.  The young dancers wore beautiful traditional Romanian clothing that was specific for their area (we learned that each area in Romania is represented by a slightly different design) and performed a variety of traditional dances that were fun and beautiful to watch.

After arriving at the dance studio, we were greeted by a surprise visit from the mayor, an artist who paints beautiful religious pictures for the local church, and a talented wood carver who showed us many examples of his work.  At the end of the dance performance we spoke with the wood carver and church artist about their work.  We were then presented a basket full of locally made goods from the mayor.  As a team, we were all honored and surprised at the gesture and thanked everyone at the event for their warm welcome.

 

Traditional Romanian Dancers

Traditional Romanian Dancers

CDT Robinson is invited to dance a traditional Romanian dance

Cadet Robinson is invited to dance a traditional Romanian dance

Team Leader, CDT Dougherty, accepts a basket of goods from the Mayor

Team leader, Cadet Dougherty, accepts a basket of goods from the mayor

Team 9 poses with the Mayor, artist, and wood carver of the local town

Team nine poses with the mayor, artist, and wood carver of the local town

Later on in the week, we were able to attend a live-fire training event put on by the 33rd Mountain Battalion.  During this event a first lieutenant described the process of forming a Romanian OPORD, planning a mission, and detecting enemy attack.  It was fascinating to see how other armies operate and to be able to detect similar elements.  All of the cadets enjoyed seeing the Romanian Army in action as they performed battle drills with their tanks.

Live Fire Exercise

Live Fire Exercise

CPT Wyche has a conversation with the Romanian commander

Capt Wyche has a conversation with the Romanian commander

Romanian 1st Lt. explains the use of area maps

Romanian 1st lieutenant explains the use of area maps

CDT's listen to a brief given by a Romanian 1st Lt

Cadets listen to a brief given by a Romanian 1st lieutenant

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