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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

27.9.2013 •Two battalions of the 4th Rapid Deployment Brigade, 41st Mechanised Battalion and 43rd Airborne Mechanised Battalion will be evaluated according to Combat Readiness Evaluation (CREVAL) NATO method during this September and October.

CREVAL 2013

20.9.2013 •Annual presentation of Czech Air Force and Land Forces equipment starts Friday 20 September 2013 with landing of An-124 Ruslan at the Ostrava Leos Janacek Airport which comes directly from Afghanistan to unload equipment of Czech troops within downsizing their presence in ISAF operation.

NATO Days 2013

16.9.2013 •"The best help-hand you find at the end of your arm" saying, joined with effort to save time and money, led specialists of the 73rd Tank Battalion to learn new procedures and be able to disassemble, service, repair and maintain "the insides" of tanks at their base at Praslavice avoiding previous practice to send them to the Military Repair Enterprise at Senov u Novy Jicin.

A tank battalion acquires new skills

7.9.2013 •The 4th Nation-wide Final of the Versatility of Olympic Winners Badge sporting event was held at the Strahov Stadium in Prague on 6 and 7 September 2013. This annual project of Czech Olympic winners in decathlon Robert Zmelik and Roman Sebrle is aimed at support of sporting of the youth and is backed by the Czech military.

4th Final of the Versatility of Olympic Winners Badge

29.8.2013 •On the occasion of finalising talks between Czech and Swedish parties on prolongation of a lease agreement of SAAB 39 Gripen supersonic aircraft, Czech PM Jiri Rusnok visited 21st Tactical Air Force Base at Caslav to get more information on operation of these aircraft and conditions of their pilots who guard Czech air space daily for eight years.

Gripens guard Czech air space 365/24 for eight years

21.8.2013 •From 2 to 20 September 2013 a new edition of NATO’s Ramstein Rover (RARO) exercise series for Forward Air Controllers (FACs) will take place in the Czech Republic, where it had already been conducted last year.

Events and contacts

19.8.2013 •Deputy Chief of the General Staff of ACR Major General Ales Opata received at the end of the last week members of the 7th ACR Group serving in EUNAVFOR Operation Atalanta, European Union anti-piracy off coast Somalia maritime operation, after their successful six-month service at the Operational Headquarters in Northwood, the U.K.

Pirates had no chance to capture a ship in last six months

12.8.2013 •The mentoring does not mean just pure theory and advisory activities. During training and passing experience to their Afghan colleagues, also Czech medics from the 1st Military Advisory Team located at the Solthan Kheyl Base, Wardak, Afghanistan, teach and practice life saving support and treatment of patients as a daily routine.

Czech soldiers help save lives in Wardak

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