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22.9.2017 •Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, Chief of Defence Staff of the United Kingdom's Armed Forces elected as next Chairman of the NATO Military Committee.

NATO Military Committee chooses successor to General Petr Pavel

15.9.2017 •The Ample Strike international air force and forward air controllers‘ exercise have brought joint coordination of air and ground forces to a higher level. The three-week exercise was conducted at over six Czech locations, and 39 participating aircraft almost daily also set out from Germany, Great Britain, Hungary and Poland.

Ample Strike 2017

1.9.2017 •The 4th Brigade Task Force has, during the past two weeks, been concentrating its efforts on achieving full combat readiness at the Plumed Serpent field training exercise taking place at the Hradiste Military Training Area.

Brigade Task Force

25.8.2017 •Twenty-eight Czech soldiers from the 7th Mechanised Brigade participated in the Intel Texas joint training exercise at Fort Hood Army Base, August 3rd – 18th. The event was organised by the Texas National Guard.

Intel Texas

18.8.2017 •Representatives from the Office of the Czech President, the Czech Government and Parliament, the Slovak and Czech Ministries of Defence, as well as Cardinal Dominik Duka, soldiers, and mourners gathered at the Strasnice Ceremonial Hall on 14th August to pay tribute to Lieutenant General Jaroslav Klemes who died at the age 95.

People pay homage to the last paratrooper from WWII

28.7.2017 •On Saturday 22nd July, more than one thousand runners participated in the ARMYRUN extreme obstacle race at the Brezina Military Training Area, organised by the Extreme Sports Association and the Czech military as a fundraising event.

ARMYRUN

21.7.2017 •Ground based air defence units from ten NATO countries are currently taking part in exercises in various locations throughout the Czech Republic, Lithuania and Romania. The objective, to improve cooperation and interoperability in protecting airspace.

Tobruq

12.7.2017 •Personnel from the Caslav Tactical Air Force Base returned on Monday from a two-week Helicopter Tactical Instructor Course (HTIC) held in Arvidsjaur, Sweden. The aim of the course was to improve the tactical skills of pilots in air-to-air combat between aircraft and helicopters.

HTIC in Sweden

30.6.2017 •The honour guards of the Armed Forces of the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia and The Guard of Honour of the President of the Slovak Republic demonstrated their skills and expertise to the public last week in Prague and Pilsen.

DrillFest 2017

23.6.2017 •On 19th June, members of the Central European Defence Cooperation (CEDC) arrived at Prague Castle, the seat of the Czech President, to discuss European border protection strategies. Minister of Defence Martin Stropnicky welcomed the Austrian Minister of Defence and Sports, Hans Peter Doskozil, as well as the representatives of the defence ministries of Croatia, Hungary, Slovakia and Slovenia.

CEDC at Prague Castle

21.6.2017 •In the afternoon of 18th June, Czech soldiers serving in the EU-Training Mission (EUTM) in Mali became involved in the fight against the terrorists who attacked the Campement Kangaba Hotel resort near Bamako on the same day.

Czech fighting in Mali

12.6.2017 •High-level EU representatives, numerous foreign and defence ministers, diplomats, representatives of the defence industry, think-tanks and academics from across Europe met on Friday, June 9th at Zofin Palace, Prague, to begin discussions on how to further strengthen the joint European defence and security policy and the EU-NATO strategic partnership.

Top European politicians discussed in Prague the strengthening of joint defence

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