On 13th June 2011, the 13th Italian Senior Joint Staff Course, as part of the educational tour around the Czech Republic, visited Vyškov Garrison. The delegation of 58 students, led by Major General Pietro Valente (Director of Joint Services Staff College at the Defence High Studies Centre) and his deputy Brigadier General Giorgio Russo, were welcomed by COL Zdenek Cizek, who introduced the current incumbents of the main organizations located in the garrison.  

     The day of the visit was organized into two parts: the morning was devoted to briefings and presentations and in the afternoon the students were taken on a tour of the garrison area.

    The first presentation, given by COL Milan Marek (TC – MA COS), was on Training Command - Military Academy history, development, mission and current courses organized for all military personnel of the Army of the Czech Republic.

    The second presentation was given by the Director of the Defence Language Institute (DLI), Col Ladislav Chaloupský, on their mission and educational system. The main aim of the DLI is to teach and test students in languages such as English, German, Russian, French and Arabic in accordance with STANAG 6001 in preparation for future assignments and deployments abroad.

    The third presentation was given by JCBRN Defence COE Director Col Zdenek Cizek, who went into great detail regarding the Centre's history, development, concept, mission and Program of Work 2011. The presentation was positively received by the audience and raised some interesting questions for following discussions. 

     The morning was concluded with a brief by the British Military Advisory and Training Team Commander, Col A. C. Cuthbert, where he acquainted the course with BMATT's organizational structure and tasks. This team was established in Vyškov garrison in 2000.

In the afternoon the course program continued by visiting the JCBRN Defence COE, Centre of Simulation Training Tachnologies and Air Force Hall.

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Author: CPT Ilona Bain

Photos: Mrs. Hana Jurčová