ANNEX TO THE OPERATIONAL MATTERS AND EXERCISE PLANNING
REGARDING LAND MANEUVER TRAINING
Pursuant to Article IV of the “Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Bulgaria and the Government of the United States of America on Defense Cooperation”, signed in Sofia on April 28, 2006 (hereinafter “the Agreement”), it is agreed as follows:
1.The United States authorized representative shall submit to the Bulgarian Land Forces Headquarters a list of desired land training events. This list shall be submitted by the 1st of October of each year and shall list all proposed training events for the period of January through December of the following year. This list should contain the proposed dates for each training event, a general description of the event, and a description of the area proposed for use.
2.The Bulgarian Land Forces Headquarters shall respond to the United States authorized representative by the 1st of December of each year and advise whether the land training events requested have been approved.
3.For those events that are approved, the United States forces shall submit a written training plan to the Bulgarian Land Forces Headquarters for coordination and approval. The plan shall provide details on the conduct of each proposed training event, including the proposed dates, the land area proposed for use, numbers of participants, and the types of equipment, ammunitions and ordnances to be used. This plan shall also contain other relevant information such as an assessment of possible disruption to public ways and proposed safety measures, together with relevant documentation.
4.The appropriate United States and Bulgarian military authorities shall seek to conclude a training event plan 90 days prior to the start of the training event.
5.Upon discovery of issues or disagreements relating to proposed training events, the Joint Commission or its appropriate sub-Committee shall discuss and attempt to resolve such issues at least 30 days prior to the start of the event.
6.The Republic of Bulgaria authorizes United States forces unescorted access to and use of training ranges identified for use in Annex A of the Agreement (hereinafter referred to as designated airspace and ranges).
a.Definition: Alert exercises are exercises in which a unit or personnel are tested on their ability to assume an increased state of readiness, such as would be required for action, defense or protection. During alert exercises, movement may take place on short notice.
b.United States forces shall notify the Bulgarian installation commander of alert exercises as early as is practical, taking into consideration the level of alert being exercised. Any road movements will be coordinated and facilitated in advance with appropriate Bulgarian authorities to ensure security and safety.
8.The United States forces shall be permitted to conduct training to its standard through the use of air and ground forces that simulate operational conditions. This training may include the use of live ammunition and/or ordnance, and the use of smoke, pyrotechnics, and blank ammunition in approved training areas.