The first part of Slovak Shield 21 was conducted in a Command Post Exercise (CPX) format. Executed on 9-12 June, the CPX portion saw the participation of the NFIU, the representatives of the General Staff of the Slovak Armed Forces and the National Movement Coordination Center. The CPX was focused on planning processes of defensive operations, and hence increased the readiness of national and Allied troops to ensure the collective security across this part of Europe.
So far, I am satisfied with the course of the exercise. Members of the Slovak Armed Forces have maintained a high level of professionalism. At the same time, the exercise brings us a lot of knowledge that will lead to systemic changes to increase our combat and mobilization readiness in response to the still complicated security situation in our area of interest, said General Daniel Zmeko, the Chief of the General Staff of the Slovak Armed Forces.
On 18-22 June, Slovak and multinational units will be working side-by-side on combined arms ranges and in conducting a live fire exercise, testing every Ally's ability to function as one.
The official start of the exercise saw a great many officials including Bridget Ann Brink (the US Ambassador to Slovakia) and Major General Štefan Kovács (the Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Slovak Armed Forces). In his speech, Major General Ivan Pach (the Director of the Exercise and the Commander of the Slovak Land Forces) emphasized the need for joint training activities, which he referred to as an irreplaceable part of building international cooperation in defense and security.