A new Chief of the General Staff introduced at the Armed Forces Day

Autor: Oldrich Holecek

On the occasion of the Czech Armed Forces Day ceremony held at the National Memorial in Prague-Vitkov on 29 June 2012, Minister of Defence Alexandr Vondra introduced new Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Czech Republic Lieutenant General Petr Pavel.

The ceremony commemorated the date of 30 June 1918 when Czech representative Edvard Benes informed a unit of Czechoslovak volunteers in Darney, France, that the Government of France had acknowledged the right for Czechs and Slovaks to form an independent state, the Czechoslovak Republic. The event is remembered as the Armed Forces Day in the Czech Republic.

“Our armed forces can be proud of their legionary traditions which are worth of respect and following. I don't have any doubts, that the Armed Forces of the Czech Republic are a consistent protector of heritage of our armed forces founders and our statehood,&ldquo Minister of Defence Alexandr Vondra said in his address.

Minister Vondra also expressed his thanks to outgoing Chief of the General Staff General Vlastimil Picek who, after one thousand nine hundred and forty nine days in the office, handed over his post to Lieutenant General Petr Pavel as of 1 July.

Lieutenant General Petr Pavel in his address to units and audience at the National Memorial also said: “Coordinated and long-term efforts in supplying top state and political parties' institutions with undistorted and complete information on the real condition of the military and its readiness to defence, bring expected effect in the understanding that the military cannot any more be an easily accessible reserve source for balancing the deficit in public finances.“

President of the Czech Republic Vaclav Klaus in his seat at the Prague Castle appointed Lieutenant General Petr Pavel as the supreme military commander of the Czech armed forces earlier in the day.


Posted: July 2, 2012