On 15th February in Brussels, the Czech and German Defence Ministers, Martin Stropnicky and Ursula von der Leyen signed an agreement which will intensify mutual cooperation by creating a single military unit with the integration of the Czech 4th Rapid Deployment Brigade into the German 10th Armoured Division of Bundeswehr.
On 9th February, Major Jiri Chrobak took over command of the 311th Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadron from Lieutenant Colonel Petr Sliva. Airmen from five nations will continue to carry out joint training activities for a further six months at the Hamid Karzai International Airport base in Kabul.
Subsequent to the conclusions of the NATO Warsaw Summit 2016 and the initiatives of the Visegrad (V4) countries, a Czech military unit has commenced coordination exercise in Lithuania; thus, implementing the defence support plan for the Baltic States.
On 24th January, General Josef Becvar, Chief of the General Staff, visited new recruits and members of the Active Reserve while completing their basic military training course at the Training Command - Military Academy in Vyskov and at nearby Brezina Military Training Area.
The first soldier to receive the newly introduced EU Medal for Extraordinary Meritorious Service was the Czech Corporal C. H. from the 44th Light Motorised Battalion based at Jindrichuv Hradec. The medal was awarded for the corporal's prompt reaction during the attack on the Headquarters of the EU Training Mission in Bamako, Mali.