On the occasion of the 47th Armed Forces Day reception held at Bangabandhu Auditorium of Bangladesh Embassy at Washington DC, Vice Chief of the National Guard Bureau of the USA, Lt Gen Daniel R Hokanson acclaimed Bangladesh Army for its vast contribution to the UN peacekeeping mission.
Lt General Hokanson commented on the various achievements of Bangladesh Army. He said, Bangladesh Army is highly praised and respected in the international community. Bangladesh Army and the US National Guard have been working together, learning from each other and sharing resources which will help to alleviate regional and global security threats and conflicts, he added.
Lt General Hokanson praised Bangladesh Army for playing an important role in addressing many regional and global challenges and for its contribution to the defense and security of Bangladesh and international community.
Bangladesh deserves strong appreciation for its humanitarian efforts in providing shelter to a million Rohingya refugees, he further added.
“Our security cooperation has also deepened our understanding and friendship between the people of the two countries”, said Lt General Hokanson.
In the event, Bangladesh Ambassador to the US said, Bangladesh is proud of its army for its sacrifice during the liberation war. Members of Bangladesh Army have selflessly devoted their lives to tackle natural and artificial calamities. Bangladesh army has been successfully combating terrorism, smuggling, drug and human trafficking, added the ambassador.
The event was attended by Ambassador, senior officials from the Pentagon, State department and members of Bangladesh Armed Forces and officials of the embassy.
Lieutenant General Daniel R. Hokanson currently holds the rank of and serves as Vice Chief of the National Guard Bureau. His previous military assignments include deputy commander of United States Northern Command, adjutant general of the Oregon Military Department, and commander of the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team. He is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Just Cause.