General Pavel awards Jana Hierschova for Czech-U.S. military cooperation

Autor: Oldrich Holecek

Chief of the General Staff of ACR Lieutenant General Petr Pavel received Jana Hierschova from the Office of Defense Cooperation at the American Embassy in Prague to award her for 15 years of management of the U.S. International Military Education and Training Program in favor of the Czech military.

At the ceremony held at the General Staff on 4 December 2013, Jana Hierschova, Training Coordinator at ODC, U.S. Embassy in Prague, was awarded the Badge of the Armed Forced of the Czech Republic "For Merits", Grade III, for her years-long efforts to negotiate the most suitable education and training of both military and civilian personnel of the Czech military.

"Almost 2,000 Czech soldiers completed military courses abroad during those 15 years when you were involved in the Program. Students of programs and graduates of military colleges hold command and management positions in Czech Armed Forces today," General Pavel said to Jana Hierschova at the ceremony.

During the period of Czech deployment in Afghanistan, almost 300 Czech soldiers completed driving courses for Hummer and MRAP vehicles at allied bases abroad, more than 400 soldiers were trained in the area of protection against improvised explosive devices and other 150 military professionals received certificates from Combat Life Saver courses. Ms. Jana Hierschova significantly contributed to a decision to move the Course of Operation Planning to the Headquarters of Training - Military Academy at Vyskov and ensured education of land forces personnel in the area of combat support and forward air controllers.

Among a number of Czech high military officials, the U.S. Defense and Air Attaché in Prague Colonel Patrick T. Sullivan and the Chief of ODC Lieutenant Colonel Stephanie A. Bagley also attended the ceremony.

American instructors of Mobile Training Teams train Czech soldiers not only at foreign bases but also at Czech garrisons and installations. And the right proof that Americans "train the trainers" is that students have also become instructors and teachers. A good example is the facte fact that a Czech instructor now serves at the USAFE AGOS - U.S. Air Forces in Europe Air Ground Operations School in Germany, where he contributes to training of forward air controllers.

The IMET Program provides a great opportunity for sharing U.S. military knowledge and experience. In the Office of Defense Cooperation, Ms. Jana Hierschova was the strong link to American military skills for Czech soldiers and for promoting Czech-American security partnership.

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Posted: December 6, 2013