Two villages - two worlds apart

Two villages - two worlds apart

Posted: 2014-08-15 Category: EMPA article awards

Published in Hrvatski vojnik No 451 ( 4.July 2014)

 

In short about article: written during journalist visit Afghanistan and Croatian soldiers deployed there. Croatian soldiers take care about few poor villages and during our visit they delivered supplies to local school. It was impressive to see so many contrasts in all Afghanistan, poverty on one side and wealth on the other, as well as warm welcome to our soldiers on each step… 

Protection and Relief Abroad Crisis Support Teams in the “Arab Spring“

Protection and Relief Abroad Crisis Support Teams in the “Arab Spring“

Posted: 2014-08-15 Category: EMPA article awards

On 17 December 2010, around midday, a young grocer, desperate because of frequent harassment by administration and police and a hopeless social situation, was seen pouring petrol over his body and setting himself on fire in front of the governor’s office in the Central-Tunisian town of Sidi Bouzid. The self-immolation of Mohammed Bouazizi was the trigger for the events that are known today as “Arab Spring”. After that, the country was gradually taken in by a wave of strikes, demonstrations and riots, despite all efforts of long-term President Ben Ali to pacify the masses. However, it was too late. By the time of Bouazizi’s agonising death in a Tunis hospital on 4 January 2011, the revolution was already in full swing.

Landings Beaches’ candidate for UNESCO World Heritage List

Landings Beaches’ candidate for UNESCO World Heritage List

Posted: 2014-06-20 Category: EMPA news

Every year, hundreds of commemorations take place in Normandy to remember D-Day and its veterans. This year was quite special. Never have so many heads of state participated in the celebration. June 6, the same date as the landing took place, 18 Heads of State met to mark the 70th anniversary of the Allied landings. 1000 WWII veterans from several countries were invited to the grand official celebration that took place at Ouistreham, on the beach with the code name Sword where British forces in 1944 fought ashore.

Baltic Defence College is proud of all of its graduates

Baltic Defence College is proud of all of its graduates

Posted: 2014-06-17 Category: EMPA news

On 18th June at 11.00, in the Baltic Defence College befall the Joint Command and General Staff Course
and the Civil Servants Course graduation ceremony. The Graduation Ceremony will be held in the Baltic Defence College 
main hall with the presence of representatives of the Baltic States as well as many honourable guests from partner countries.

Saber Strike 2014

Saber Strike 2014

Posted: 2014-06-11 Category: EMPA news

On June 9, there was a solemn opening ceremony of a military exercise "Saber  Strike 2014" at Ādaži military camp, which this year coincides with the host-nation exercise "Baltic Host 2014" and naval exercise "BALTOPS 2014".

Interview: General Knud Bartels, Chairman of the NATO Military Committee

Interview: General Knud Bartels, Chairman of the NATO Military Committee

Posted: 2014-04-28 Category: EMPA news

In early April Croatia marked its first five years of NATO membership. As a unique opportunity to additionally mark the anniversary we conducted an interview with General Knud Bartels, Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, discussing Croatia's participation in NATO-led operations and contribution to Smart Defence initiative respectively. General Bartels also spoke about new challenges before the Alliance in the future. 

Main historic exhibitions in remembrance of World War I in Austria 2014

Main historic exhibitions in remembrance of World War I in Austria 2014

Posted: 2014-04-28 Category: EMPA news

Museum of Military History (Heeresgeschichtliches Museum Wien)
 
Exhibition: 
 
Reassembling of the standing exhibition on World War I. Besides other artefacts the visitors can see the car used by Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo as well as his uniform. Amongst the weapons shown are a 38-cm-howitzer and an armed gun from the Przemysl fortress.
 
The exhibition aims on the explanation of chronology, geography and special topics concerning this “basic catastrophe of the 20th century”.

World War I Centenary Events in Riga

World War I Centenary Events in Riga

Posted: 2014-04-02 Category: EMPA news

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.

5th Anniversary of the membership of the Republic of Croatia in NATO

5th Anniversary of the membership of the Republic of Croatia in NATO

Posted: 2014-04-02 Category: EMPA news

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.

INTERVIEW  - General Philip M. Breedlove,  Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR)

INTERVIEW - General Philip M. Breedlove, Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR)

Posted: 2014-04-02 Category: EMPA news

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...

GLORY & GLOOM; living with the World War I 1914 – 1918

GLORY & GLOOM; living with the World War I 1914 – 1918

Posted: 2014-04-01 Category: EMPA news

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.

Two units of Armed Forces received vehicles presented by Norwegian Armed Forces

Two units of Armed Forces received vehicles presented by Norwegian Armed Forces

Posted: 2014-01-09 Category: EMPA news

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.

Gatis Indrēvics receives EMPA's Best Photo award

Gatis Indrēvics receives EMPA's Best Photo award

Posted: 2014-01-09 Category: EMPA news

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”.