"100 for Romania" - Staff Sergeant Adrian Coșug
BUCHAREST, Romania – 36 years old Staff Sergeant Adrian Coșug is a member of Headquarters Multinational Division South-East (HQMND-SE). He joined this headquarters in November 2015, 2 months after the establishment of HQ MND-SE and the colleagues say about him that he is a workahoolic. ”The biggest challenge in a NATO headquarters was that everythihng was being built from zero, everybody was working on multiple tasks and all had to be done extremely quickly. Keeping the proportions, I felt like the first day in Afghanistan, where nothing was as I expected it would be, where I realized that I am not in Cincu Training Area anymore and that the war was real. Coming back to the headquarters, things calmed down very fast because of the people, humans before being soldiers, professionals, devoted and hardworkers.”
Winner of Romanian Land Froces ”Man Of The Year” competition in 2014, Adrian Coșug joined the army because he wanted to make his mother happy and proud of him. He was 25 years old when he saw one of his brothers who was participating in a mission in Kosovo, on TV. Seeing the great joy and emotion on his mother’s face, Adrian promissed himself that he will participate in a mission abroad and be the reason for his mother’s joy and pride too. „Being a soldier is more than a job. It is a great honour and a big privilege but also a great responsibility. We are 5 brothers, all soldiers: 3 of us work in the military and 2 in the border police. My mother cries everytime she sees us and my father cries.” sais the NCO.
Ambitious, reliable and extremely hard working, Adrian made his dream come true. In 2007 he was hired as Private 1st class in ”Carpathian Hawks” 812th Infantry Batallion. With this Batallion he went in Afghanistan in 2010. There, together with his colleagues, he started from zero because in the Romanian base there was nothing built, and the dust was knee high; patrolling outside the base and setting it up were 2 jobs that had to be done simultaneously. As a servant at the 82 mm mortars, he miraculously survived after two bombs exploded 30 meters away from him and his colleagues. After that the Romanian contingent was the target of an attack with improvised explosive device, which lead to the death of 2 Romanian soldiers and wounding of another one (Florin Zbârcă, who was competing in Invictus Games). What was the hardest in Afghanistan? Not seeing his brother for 6 months, allthough they were participating together in that mission, and the fact that back home, in Romania, people were calling them ”mercenaries payed to kill innocent people”.
”It was right there when I realized that it could have been any other of us in their place. I was not afraid for my life, I was more worried about my brother’s life. With deep sorrow in my hearth I decided to send to the Romanian media an ”open letter” in which I explained that nobody wants to become a hero, that the decorations and flag received by the families of a dead soldier do not bring the fallen ones back home. My letter was also republished by the Romanian Land Forces Magazine and I was congratulated for having the courage to tell the truth”. Afghanistan turns all atheists to God, he believes. He also recommends every soldier the experience of a mission in Afghanistan for 2 reasons: one, because there you can find out who you really are (being a true mirror for the reality), and second because of the way you are welcomed back, when you receive hugs and congratulations from hundreds of people you don’t know. ”All the shock and all the crazyness from Afghanistan are wiped away by the welcoming back home emotions”.
After spending 6 years as a Private 1st Class serving in the ”Carpathian Hawks” 812th Infantry Batallion, Adrian Coșug attended the military school for Non Comissioned Officers and Warrant Officers, being promoted to NCO. Starting 2013 he was appointed to ”Petru Rareș” 817th Artilery Batallion. His professional career flourished within HQ MND-SE, where he works in a multinational environment at NATO standards together with soldiers from 14 countries such as Bulgaria, Canada, Germany, SUA și Turkey.