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5.1.2014 •At its sessison this week, the Czech government approved sale of 28 subsonic L-159 ALCA aircraft to US Draken International company while discussion over prolonged lease of Sweden-made SAAB 39 Gripen supersonic aircraft postponed until a new Czech government is formed.

L-159 ALCA subsonic aircraft

22.12.2013 •President of the Czech Republic and Supreme Commander of the Czech Armed Forces Milos Zeman, Minister of Defence Vlastimil Picek, and Chief of the General Staff of Armed Forces of the Czech Republic Lieutenant General Petr Pavel send video-messages to all defence personnel to Christmas Holidays and New Year 2014.

President of the Czech Republic Milos Zeman

15.12.2013 •More than 350 Czech soldiers will spend the upcoming Holiday Season far away from their home and relatives serving in or in favour of foreign operations in Afghanistan, Mali, in the Sinai, the U.K., in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, but also for example in Kongo.

Foreign deployments of the Czech military

6.12.2013 •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.

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

25.11.2013 •Ten NATO and PfP nations contributed to the Combined Resolve exercise the goal of which was in advanced training of mutual cooperation, compatibility of forces and sharing combat abilities in conducting defence and attack tactical operations. After the U.S. Army, Czechs had the second largest contingent of force involved in the exercise that was held at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center, Hohenfels, Germany, 9 - 22 November 2013.

Sabre Junction II 2013

16.11.2013 •The Czech Republic expanded its participation in the Multinational Force and Observers mission in the Sinai by deploying CASA C-295M transport aircraft with 13 flying and ground personnel as of 4 November 2013.

CASA C-295M in the Sinai

10.11.2013 •A week-long allied Steadfast Jazz 2013 exercise put in motion around six thousand soldiers in Poland, from NATO member countries and three PfP countries, in the largest NATO exercise since 2006.

Czechs in Steadfast Jazz 2013

3.11.2013 •Prior to the large NATO Response Force exercise Steadfast Jazz in Poland, Czech pilots train together with their Lithuanian colleagues the procedures of tactical air force combat in accordance with the exercise Baltic Eye scenario.

Baltic Eye

28.10.2013 •At the occasion of the anniversary of birth of former Czechoslovakia on 28 October 1918, and historical events related to this year, the Czech military personnel actively participated in ceremonies and events mostly attended by supreme commander of Armed Forces of the Czech Republic President Milos Zeman. The following events were held between 25 and 28 October 2013.

Ceremonies and events

19.10.2013 •Chief of the General Staff of ACR Lieutenant General Petr Pavel handed over certificates of Combat Readiness Evaluation (CREVAL) to commanders of 41st Mechanised and 43rd Airborne Battalions at the end of Grim Campaigner 2013 exercise confirming thier succesful performance within the 4th Brigade Task Force.

Grim Campaigner 2013

13.10.2013 •The periodical separate testing of Czech units earmarked for the NATO Response Force (NRF) culminated this September and October by activation of all Czech units which contribute to 2013 rotation.

Czech NRF 2013 activated to inspect readiness

6.10.2013 •Soldiers of the 1st ACR Unit who served in the EU Training Mission in the Republic of Mali lined up at the National Memorial in Prague-Vitkov on Friday 4 October 2013 to receive awards and decorations from Minister of Defence Vlastimil Picek.

Minister appreciates soldiers who returned from Mali

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