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Mar 17 2021

Estonian Chief of Defence visits HQ MNC NE

SZCZECIN, Poland - On March 16-17, Lieutenant General Martin Herem, the Commander of the Estonian Defence Forces, paid a visit to Headquarters Multinational Corps Northeast (HQ MNC NE). The two-day event served as an opportunity to enhance and promote active collaboration across the Baltic Sea region.

While in the Headquarters, the General got familiarised with the Corps' current and future priorities. Together with the MNC NE leaders, LTG Herem looked at a vast range of topics encompassing security environment in the Baltics.

I am very glad that me and the Corps Commander share the same view,

said the General. Amongst the subjects discussed, of particular importance was the MNC NE training and exercise (Trg&Ex) programme. Fulfilling the function of the Regional Land Component Command for the Baltic states and Poland, HQ MNC NE with its subordinate units and national formations provides cohesion to the dynamic Trg&Ex landscape. As emphasized by LTGs Herem and Wojciechowski (COM MNC NE), this collaboration contributes to NATO's deterrence and defence capabilities in the North-East.

MNC NE plays a very important role in our region as the main commanding unit,
stated the Chief of Defence, "In Estonia, we expect and encourage MNC NE not only to coordinate these activities but also, in many ways, to task us."

Additionally, LTG Herem discussed the role of land forces in building interoperability within the Corps' Area of Operations. Through such an approach, Allied and national formations are able to maintain high readiness while demonstrating determination and common standing to the countries of NATO's northeastern flank.

On the first day of the visit, LTGs Herem and Wojciechowski participated in the 7th Northern Headquarters Conference conducted online by Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum. Upon departure, the Chief of Defence presented his certificates of appreciation to the selected MNC NE personnel.

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LTG Herem and LTG Wojciechowski at Headquarters Multinational Corps Northeast
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LTG Herem during the welcome ceremony at Headquarters Multinational Corps Northeast
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LTG Herem awarding the HQ MNC NE personnel
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LTG Herem and LTG Wojciechowski at Headquarters Multinational Corps Northeast
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