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"Keep excellent performance and return safely back home!"

In his last visit in Afghanistan in the post of Chief of the General Staff, General Picek appreciates performace of Czech soldiers in ISAF operation and wishes them safe return to their families and friends in the Czech Republic.

Czech military and ministerial delegation headed by the Chief of the General Staff of Armed Forces of the Czech Republic General Vlastimil Picek visited on 14 and 15 June 2012 four of five bases from which almost six hundred of Czech soldiers in Afghanistan operate in provinces of Logar, Nangarhar, Wardak and Capital Kabul.

General Picek expressed his thanks to soldiers for excellent representation of the Czech Republic and its military. He conveyed greetings from home country, awarded several service members for exemplary service and supported soldiers in their further responsible service.

The attached photo gallery shows meetings and situations from the visit.

Czech Parliament this June decided to gradually reduce size of Czech military presence in ISAF operation in Afghanistan from current six hundred to 340 in 2014 with an outlook not exceeding 150 personnel in 2015. The deployment will focus on training of local security forces.

Almost 8 thousand Czech soldiers have rotated in ISAF since 2002 so far.


Posted: June 18, 2012


Photo Gallery
  • Colonel Genser, commander of the 9th unit in PRT, welcomes General Picek in Logar Colonel Genser, commander of the 9th unit in PRT, welcomes General Picek in Logar Colonel Genser, commander of the…
  • General Picek greets members of the 9th unit staff General Picek greets members of the 9th unit staff General Picek greets members of the…
  • General Picek hands over decorations to soldiers in Logar General Picek hands over decorations to soldiers in Logar General Picek hands over…
  • During a rocket attact to the Shank FOB in Logar During a rocket attact to the Shank FOB in Logar During a rocket attact to the Shank…
  • Popular Czech TV chef Jiri Babica serves grilled meat to soldiers in Logar Popular Czech TV chef Jiri Babica serves grilled meat to soldiers in Logar Popular Czech TV chef Jiri Babica…
  • General Picek with Czech military policemen in Kabul General Picek with Czech military policemen in Kabul General Picek with Czech military…
  • Commander of Afghan Air Force General Wardak and General Picek Commander of Afghan Air Force General Wardak and General Picek Commander of Afghan Air Force…
  • General Picek with Czech Military Police members at NPTC base in the Wardak Province General Picek with Czech Military Police members at NPTC base in the Wardak Province General Picek with Czech Military…
  • General Picek meets with soldiers of OMLT unit in the Wardak Province General Picek meets with soldiers of OMLT unit in the Wardak Province General Picek meets with soldiers…
  • Chef Babica prepares OMeLeTy for OMLT soldiers in Wardak (Omelety in Czech means Omelets in English) Chef Babica prepares OMeLeTy for OMLT soldiers in Wardak (Omelety in Czech means Omelets in English) Chef Babica prepares OMeLeTy for…
  • General Picek awards Afghan soldiers in the Wardak Province General Picek awards Afghan soldiers in the Wardak Province General Picek awards Afghan…
  • General Picek hands over decorations to soldiers in Logar General Picek hands over decorations to soldiers in Logar General Picek hands over…
  • During a rocket attact to the Shank FOB in Logar During a rocket attact to the Shank FOB in Logar During a rocket attact to the Shank…
  • Colonel Genser (left), commander of the 9th Unit, PRT in Logar, welcomes General Picek Colonel Genser (left), commander of the 9th Unit, PRT in Logar, welcomes General Picek Colonel Genser (left), commander of…
  • Popular Czech TV chef Jiri Babica serves grilled meat to soldiers in Logar Popular Czech TV chef Jiri Babica serves grilled meat to soldiers in Logar Popular Czech TV chef Jiri Babica…
  • General Picek with Czech military policemen in Kabul General Picek with Czech military policemen in Kabul General Picek with Czech military…
  • Commander of Afghan Air Force General Wardak and General Picek Commander of Afghan Air Force General Wardak and General Picek Commander of Afghan Air Force…
  • General Picek with Czech Military Police members at NPTC base in the Wardak Province General Picek with Czech Military Police members at NPTC base in the Wardak Province General Picek with Czech Military…
  • General Picek meets with soldiers of OMLT unit in the Wardak Province General Picek meets with soldiers of OMLT unit in the Wardak Province General Picek meets with soldiers…
  • Chef Babica prepares OMeLeTy for OMLT soldiers in Wardak (Omelety in Czech means Omelets in English) Chef Babica prepares OMeLeTy for OMLT soldiers in Wardak (Omelety in Czech means Omelets in English) Chef Babica prepares OMeLeTy for…
  • General Picek awards Afghan soldiers in the Wardak Province General Picek awards Afghan soldiers in the Wardak Province General Picek awards Afghan…