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The Baltic countries are the “Westworld” for NATO soldiers

By Lukas Ramonas on Thursday, August 1, 2019

Road accidents, fighting in the streets and in bars, broken shop windows and cars, mountains of garbage, sexual harassment – this is the “Westworld” for NATO soldiers in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. On June 7, 2018, four armored personnel carriers of the US Army, Stryker, collided in a major road accident in the Prienai district. 13 US troops sought medical assistance. Another accident happened on the night of June 9…

German soldiers offered free travel in uniform to ‘boost army visibility’

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

German soldiers will be encouraged to travel on the country’s rail network in uniform as part of a plan by the new defence minister to make the armed forces “more visible”. Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, a favourite of Chancellor Angela Merkel, has pledged to push for increased military spending as she tries to strengthen the bond between Germans and their armed forces. She told the German Bundestag last week that politicians needed…

Eight British soldiers are arrested over ‘drunken brawl in Lithuanian seaside resort’

Monday, June 24, 2019

A group British soldiers have been arrested in Lithuania over an alleged drunken brawl in a seaside resort. Local media reported that eight soldiers had been detained after a ‘massive fight’ broke out in the early hours of Sunday in the town of Palanga on the country’s Baltic coast. According to local news site 15min, some of the soldiers, all aged in their 20s, were arrested for being ‘intoxicated’ while others…

President on Victory Day: Defense starts with everyone

Monday, June 24, 2019

President Kersti Kaljulaid addressed Sunday’s Victory Day parade, noting the scope everyone in Estonian society has in contributing to the country’s sense of security. “We are also preparing our defense forces and defense league for situations that are unlikely, but still possible,” Kersti Kaljulaid said in her speech at the parade in Tartu, according to a press release from the president’s office. “Similarly, we might all be prepared for other…

Albanian lieutenant killed in mine explosion in Latvia; two soldiers injured

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

A female first lieutenant from the Albanian Armed Forces was killed this morning in Latvia during a mine explosion in Latvia, the Chief of General Staff of the Albanian Armed Forces, Brigadier General Bardil Kolchaku, announced today. Two other soldiers have been injured. According to Albanian Daily News, the officer killed was First Lieutenant Zafire Hasanj, while those injured are Contingent Commander Klodian Tanushi, as well as Sergeant Julian Kapaj.…

Latvia plans to increase its Armed Forces

Monday, April 22, 2019

The National Armed Forces (NAF) plans to enlist 710 new soldiers into the armed forces this year, LETA found out from the Defense Ministry. Last year, 640 new soldiers joined the NAF, which was the largest number of new enlistments since 2007, when the armed forces transitioned to a professional army.

Number of Latvian soldiers stationed at Adazi base to be raised by 600

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

The number of Latvian armed forces soldiers stationed at the Adazi military base will be increased by 600 by 2025, according to a report reviewed by the government on Tuesday. At present, there are 1,754 professional soldiers of the Latvian National Armed Forces stationed at the Adazi base. Bearing in mind the changeable security environment and challenges, Latvia plans to increase the size of its professional army and Home Guard.…

French general who visits Gao base in Mali thanks Estonian soldiers

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

The chief of staff of the defense forces of France, Army Gen. Jean-Pierre Bosser, visited the Gao military base that is the place of service for the Estonian infantry platoon deployed to Mali and thanked the soldiers from the nations supporting France in the operation, including Estonia, who are serving there. Bosser, who is on a two-day pre-Christmas visit to the Gao base, emphasized the importance of the operation for ensuring…

Army’s top leaders optimistic about service’s future even as it struggles to recruit

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

The Army’s failure in 2018 to meet its recruiting goal of enlisting 76,500 soldiers was not a major setback for the service, which is considering major changes to how it attracts, trains and outfits its troops, top leaders said Monday. Army Secretary Mark Esper and Gen. Mark Milley, the service’s chief of staff, downplayed concerns about the Army falling 6,500 recruits short of its fiscal year 2018 goal, missing its…

New rotation of the Netherlands’ soldiers began their training in Lithuania

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

After several weeks of preparations, soldiers of the new rotation from the Netherlands assigned to the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battle Group held their first training event in the territory of Lithuania. According to them, terrain and weather conditions differ from those in the Netherlands or Germany where they are used to be training. Forests are thick, roads are narrow and boggy, and weather is changeable, all of which…