Posts tagged as Commander

Habel taking over as commander of NATO battle group

Friday, August 2, 2019

Lieutenant Colonel Rouven Habel of Germany is taking over as commander of NATO’s multinational battlegroup in Lithuania in a ceremony on Thursday, the Defense Ministry said. Habel, the commander of the 391st Mechanized Infantry Battalion of the Bundeswehr, will replace Lieutenant Colonel Peer Papenbroock of Germany, who has commanded the enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battle Group Lithuania since February The incoming German rotation in the battle group “is formed mainly…

Col Rauno Sirk to become new commander of Estonian Air Force

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Estonian Minister of Defense Juri Luik has signed directives whereby Col. Rauno Sirk is appointed commander of the Estonian Air Force and Lt. Col. Margus Kuul commander of the Special Operations Force. Sirk has for the past three years been director of the Center for Defense Investment (ECDI). He has also previously served as chief of the Amari air base, chief of staff of the Air Force and as deputy…

Technologies and armament mean nothing without people

Friday, July 5, 2019

There is enormous development ahead of Latvia’s National Armed Forces (NAF) in the next decade, said NAF Commander Leonīds Kalniņš in an interview to public broadcaster LTV programme Rīta panorama on 5 July. According to Kalniņš, in the next decade Latvia’s armed forces can expect a considerable increase in technological provision and intensity of military exercises. Latvia’s NAF commander also admits that the main military base in Ādaži is slowly…

Increasing the number of conscripts hits a glass ceiling

By Martin Herem on Friday, May 31, 2019

Interview with defense forces commander Major General Martin Herem. You should be happy – the defense sector is the only one to avoid the government’s financing cuts. However, the armed forces will not have enough money to buy anything new starting from 2026. Unless the share of GDP will be increased, all development will stop and your successor will be a mere administrator. Doesn’t it make you worry? No. I…

U.S. Marine dies of injuries in Australian training accident

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

U.S. Marine has died after being hurt in a vehicle accident during training exercises in northern Australia, the Marine Corps said on Wednesday. About 2,500 U.S. Marines are stationed in the tropical city of Darwin, strategically located on the coastal doorstep of neighbouring Indonesia, as part of an annual rotation programme that began in 2011. Lance Corporal Hans Sandoval-Pereyra died on Tuesday after being hurt in the vehicle accident at…

Ben Hodges of CEPA and James Sherr Join the ICDS Team

By ICDS on Monday, January 21, 2019

Ben Hodges, former commander of the US Army in Europe and Pershing chair in strategic studies at CEPA, has joined the team of non-resident fellows at the International Centre for Defence and Security Studies (ICDS) in Tallinn, Estonia. In addition, internationally renowned expert on Russia and Ukraine James Sherr has become a senior research fellow at the Estonian Foreign Policy Institute of the ICDS. Hodges served as commanding general of…

NAF Commander: tensions on a rise in the world, but Latvia can sleep peacefully

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

The political situation in the world develops in accordance with a sinusoidal principle – sometimes tensions increase, sometimes things calm down, said Commander of Latvian Armed Forces Leonīds Kalniņš in an interview to LNT. Kalniņš does stress, however, that there are currently no threats to Latvia even with active military drills in the east. «I feel safe in Latvia because I believe in our army’s capabilities and support from our…

Former al-Qaeda foot soldiers have been allowed into Yemen forces, admits UAE military

By Bel Trew on Saturday, August 18, 2018

The Emirati military has said it has absorbed into its local forces in Yemen former low-ranking al-Qaeda fighters left behind in the battlefield, as part of a counter-insurgency strategy, after facing backlash over its three-year battle against the terror group in the impoverished Gulf state. The United Arab Emirates has trained 30,000 Yemeni troops to fight what the US has called al-Qaeda’s most lethal franchise, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), since intervening in Yemen in early 2015. At its…

Right on Target: Sniper Reportedly Kills Daesh Commander From Over a Mile Away

Monday, August 13, 2018

The Jihadist was struck with such velocity that an arm and shoulder were ripped from his torso, causing instantaneous death. A British Special Air Services (SAS) sniper is reported to have shot down a senior Daesh* commander in Afghanistan from over a mile away. The sergeant — who now holds the title for best long-range shot ever in the SAS — used a.50 Calibre machine gun mounted on the roof of his military vehicle to take out the Islamist. It is believed…