Ms. Līga Lakuča’s, Director of Military Information Department,
Republic of Latvia Recruitment and Youth Guard Centre, Chief Editor of Military Magazine Tēvijas Sargs (Guard of Fatherland); President of the European Military Press Association (EMPA) Interview with Commandant of the Baltic Defence College Major General Vitalijus Vaikšnoras
This year is marked by jubilees of several significant historical events that are being commemorated in many countries. Exactly one hundred years ago the mankind was faced with its first-ever global military conflict that is being recorded in world history books as the World War I. The outbreak of hostilities in Europe that started in June 1914 involved almost all countries from all the continents of our planet; because of this war the world and its political map had changed forever; it influenced world economics, scientific and technological progress, social life and culture.
The endeavour and the determination demonstrated by the Republic of Croatia towards assuming its portion of responsibility and contributing to collective security have been recognised and rewarded by approving full NATO membership to the country, among the powerful and developed democracies and their Armed Forces, sharing their values and objectives. NATO membership was one of the two foreign policy priorities outlined upon the very establishment of Croatia as independent country.
CROATIA HAS MADE AN AMAZING PROGRESS WITHIN ONLY FIVE YEARS
Within five years only Croatia has made an amazing progress. It refers to the way it adopted NATO standards, tactics, techniques and procedures. Today Croatia teaches other nations how to adopt them, and co-operates in Afghanistan very successfully with other NATO members. It really makes me happy...
Finnish Defence Forces' have published their annual report in digital form. The online publication automatically recognises whether it is being accessed from a computer, tablet or smartphone.
In the Renaissance „Schallaburg Castle“, located about 80km west of Vienna an exibition from 29.03.- 09.11.2014 takes place in commemorating the outbreak of World War I.
10 Mio soldier and 6 Mio civilian died under gruelful circumstances. 1000 objects from 140 national and international sources remember in the 1 300m² exhibition centre. The main point of the exhibition is, to show how people handled their life during that time and continue cultural activities mainly in painting and literature. Of course some exhibition objects like maps, weapons, fotographs, letters and uniforms point especially to the big European Conflict.
The President of Finland Sauli Niinistö has appointed on 7 March Lieutenant General Jarmo Lindberg as the next Commander of the Finnish Defence Forces as of 1 August 2014 for a five-year term, when the General Ari Puheloinen will retire.
On 4 February, the Minister of Defence Raimonds Vējonis and Chief of Defence Lieutenant General Raimonds Graube accompanied Olympians — soldiers of Armed Forces — to the Winter Olympics in Sochi.
It is necessary to look for new directions of cooperation among the Baltic states, Latvia's new Minister of Defence Raimonds Vejonis said during a parliamentary debate on foreign affairs on Thursday.
On January 16th 2014 the Finnish Minister of Defence, Mr. Carl Haglund approved the proposal for acquiring one hundred used Leopard 2A6 main battle tanks for the Finnish Army.
On January 14, the Cabinet of Ministers has appointed Mr. Jānis Kārkliņš, an experienced diplomat, as the Director of NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence (COE).
On 19 December, during a ceremonial event, two units of Armed Forces received vehicles presented by Norwegian Armed Forces.
The Minister of Defence Artis Pabriks and the Ambassador of Norway to Latvia Jan Ole Grevstad presented the keys of vehicles to soldiers of the Staff Battalion and National Guard 17th Air Defence Battalion, thus the first out of 34 presented vehicles, accompanied by the Military Police, reached the units.
The winners of EMPA’s Best Article and Best Photo awards were already announced in EMPA congress. On 31st of October in Ministry of Defence of Republic of Latvia the winner – Sgt. Gatis Indrēvics was awarded. The award was presented by EMPA’s President Līga Lakuča. After receiving the prize, Gatis Indrēvics showed gratitude towards EMPA’s members for their support and expressed satisfaction that he was able to bring the victory in this contest to Latvia and specifically to magazine “Tēvijas Sargs”.
An Cosantóir, The Irish Defence Forces Magazine wins the European Military Press Association's (EMPA) 'Best Article 2013' award. The winning article was 'At the Gates of Hell - Mali', written by author and military historian Paul O'Brien MA, and published in the April 2013 issue.
An EU Naval Force Autonomous Vessel Protection Detachment (AVPD) handover ceremony was held in Djibouti between Lithuanian and Serbian Forces, on Saturday 1 December.
Much like all military units that proudly mark their anniversaries reminding them of difficult yet historical moments of their establishment, so did the Croatian military magazine „Hrvatski vojnik“ in mid-November. We too are commemorating our anniversary in a happy atmosphere for having had the privilege of being close the Croatian soldiers and of following them in their war- and peace-time duties alike. The pages of „Hrvatski vojnik“ reflect all minor and major Croatian victories alike, crowned by the final liberation of our country. Following the war, we continued to cover every step of the peace-time development of the Croatian Armed Forces, to record the most important moments of their growth intoa modern and professional military force, and to follow Croatian soldiers in peace missions in remote areas of the world. We have been with Croatian soldiers ever since our first issue and it has remained so to this day. Croatian soldiers remain our continuous inspiration and undepletable source of subjects.
A ceremony on the occasion of sending off 130 members of the SAF infantry company into the UN UNIFIL mission to Lebanon there has been in the Nis Barracks “Knjaz Mihailo“, 4th November.
The ceremony was attended by the Minister of Defence of the Republic of Serbia Nebojsa Rodic, Head of General Staff of the Serbian Armed Forces General Ljubisa Dikovic, Episcope Jovan and other guests.
One of this year’s most inspiring events – the European Military Press Association’s (EMPA) 34th Congress was held in Helsinki, Finland from 8 to 10 October 2013.
Congress delegates were hospitably welcomed by representatives of the Finnish defence industry offering an interesting program of numerous events and activities. It must be noted that big credit for excellent organization goes to Mr Mikko Ilkko, the Editor-in-Chief of the Finnish Defence Forces newspaper.
Chief Editor of Latvian Military Magazine Tēvijas Sargs (Guard of Fatherland)
Ms Līga Lakuča’s Interview with the Chairman of the European Union Military Committee General Patrick de Rousiers taken in Riga, Latvia.
Chief Editor of Latvian Military Magazine Tēvijas Sargs (Guard of Fatherland) Ms Līga Lakuča’s Interview with the Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe (DSACEUR) General Sir Richard Shirreff taken in Riga, Latvia on September 26, 2013.
This year for the best Article Award applied 4 magazines with 9 articles and 7 magazines with 39 photos for the Best Photo Award. Altogether we had 81 separate vote cast for articles and images.
The air exercise is part of the Cross Border operations between Finland, Sweden and Norway expanding over the national boundaries. The goal is to enhance Nordic cooperation in the field of defence under NORDEFCO and develop capabilities for combined operations. Aircraft from Great Britain and the United States (US) will be also involved in the exercise.
In addition to Finland's ten F/A-18s, Norway will assign to the exercise ten F-16 fighters and Sweden twenty-two JAS 39 Gripens. Photo: The Royal Norwegian Air Force.