"This medal is recognition for our military commitment, having served
shoulder-to-shoulder with our Estonian and British partners in the
framework of NATO's enhanced Forward Presence here in Estonia," said
Colonel Eric Mauger, Commander of the French contingent in Tapa.
We will proudly wear this medal, and we thank Estonia for being our
steadfast partner in Europe and in NATO. It has been both an honour and a
privilege to be part of Estonia's defence. Our deployment has given us a
very good opportunity to focus on our ability to operate together, and
present a credible deterrence to any threat, added Colonel Mauger.
As of 2021, French Army units have been serving in Tapa as part of the NATO Battlegroup for four consecutive 3-month rotations.
The lead countries for NATO Battlegroups in the Baltic States are the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany and the United States, with Battlegroups established in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland in 2017.