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A Czech soldier receives the highest NATO award

Staff Warrant Officer Ludek Kolesa, who served for more than four years as Senior Non-Commissioned Officer at the NATO Allied Command Transformation, receives the highest NATO decoration. Only three Czechs received the same decoration so far.

This week, Staff Warrant Officer Ludek Kolesa received the NATO Meritorious Service Medal from hands of Minister of Defence Alexandr Vondra while Chief of the General Staff General Vlastimil Picek with Deputy Defence Minister for Personnel Michael Hrbata congratulated him for this highest NATO decoration. The Meritorious Service Medal is awarded by the NATO Secretary General.

Ludek Kolesa during his more than four-year assignmed at the NATO Allied Command Transformation in Norfolk was responsible for development of non-commissioned officers' and warrant officers' corps of allied and NATO partner countries. “It was amazing experience. Just because changes and transformation of armed forces are currently realised in many countries, and also because the work in international environment itself is highly enriching and rewarding,“ said Kolesa, who joined a position at the Personnel Division of the Czech Defence Ministry after accomplishing his tour of duty in the U.S.

Minister of Defence Alexandr Vondra appreciated excellent representation of the Czech military. “Marvelous performance,“ Minister says to Ludek Kolesa. The interesting coincidence is that Minister Vondra was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal as the first Czech ever. “I would like to thank that you, as historically the first Czech to get this Medal, take charge of this handover. I think it is very special and uncommon,“ Kolesa responded to the Minister.

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Posted: March 11, 2012


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