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A week of Baltic Defence College studies in Georgia and Brussels

2011.10.12
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From October 8 to 14 strategic level students of the Baltic Defence College (BALTDEFCOL) are visiting Georgia which is one of their two study visit while on the Higher Command Studies Course. The course involves civilian and military officers (the latter normally in the rank of lieutenant colonel) who hold commanding positions in defence systems of a range of countries including Lithuania.

 

“Baltic Defence College is growing into a recognised military education institution receiving listeners not only from Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia but also from such countries as the United Kingdom; expeditionary tours like this are a great opportunity to enrich the study programme and ensure a high quality of the studies,” commented Course Director Col Andrej Boičišin (Lithuanian Armed Forces).

 

In Georgia BALTDEFCOL students met with Deputy Secretary of the National Security Council Bat Kutelia, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Nikoloz Vašakidze, also Vice Ministers Nodar Kharšiladze and Andro Barnovi while on visit at the Ministry of Defence, and familiarized with the Krtsanisi National Training Centre and the National Defence Academy still in the process of establishment. Memorandum of Understanding and Cooperation between BALTDEFCOL and the Georgian National Defence Academy was signed during the visit.

 

“This is a historical visit to Georgia as it is the first one. It is vital for us to investigate Georgia’s defence system as this is a country which has undergone a recent military conflict and has fresh experience and lessons learned that are a really valuable piece of knowledge for high-ranking military and civilian students of BALTDEFCOL to get,” said BALTDEFCOL Commandant Brig Gen Meelis Kiili.

 

After the visit in Georgia strategic level students will proceed to Brussels where they are going to visit NATO Headquarters, Belgian Defence Ministry, the European Union military Staff, and the EU Defence Agency.

 

By the end of November the same delegation of students will tour Baltic capitals where a range of meetings with high-ranking officers will be conducted. Duration of the Higher Command Studies Course is 5 months.

 

The course is attended by 15 participants from 8 countries: Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, the UK, Poland, Moldova, Georgia, and Ukraine. Lithuanian representatives are Col Eugenijus Vosylius, Col Vytautas Reklaitis, Žilvinas Tomkus and Šarūnas Rastenis.

 

BALDEFCOL is a joint project of the tree Baltic States aimed at ensuring training of senior officers. The institution is increasingly recognised by NATO countries as a result attracting more students from countries other than Baltic. BALTDEFCOL is also one of the few military education institutions across NATO countries to organise English language training for operational level commanders.

 

The majority of commanders of military units in Lithuania are BALTDEFCOL graduates.

 

Pictures:

 

The main: Students of BALTDEFCOL Higher Command Studies Course.

 

- Director of the Higher Command Studies Course and Commandant BALTDEFCOL Brig Gen M. Kiili.

- At the meetings with Georgian Foreign Vice Minister N. Vašakidze.

- Commandant BALTDEFCOL Brig Gen M. Kiili.

- Delegation of Higher Command Studies Course students and accompanying persons.

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