Change of Slovenian eFP contingents
On Tuesday, 15 January, a ceremony was held at the Edvard Peperko Barracks in Ljubljana marking the return of members of the 3rd Slovenian Enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) Contingent. At the ceremony, contingent members were awarded In the Service of Peace medals.
In his address, Deputy Commander of the 1st Brigade, Colonel Borut Cesar, stressed that the contingent had formed a part of the Alliance’s biggest enhancement of collective defence, which they can be proud of. He welcomed contingent members home and thanked their families and friends for the support provided during the deployment.
The 3rd contingent under the command of Major Matjaž Žbogar was composed of 50 Slovenian Armed Forces members who took part in peacekeeping activities. The majority of the contingent was made up of members of the 10th Infantry Regiment.
On Friday, December 21, at a ceremony in the Adazi base, the 4th Slovenian Armed Forces eFP contingent under the command of Major Nataša Svetina assumed its duties.
The bulk of the 4th contingent, which operates within the Canadian-led Battalion Battle Group, is composed of the Slovenian Armed Forces reconnaissance platoon, enhanced with a squat of the Armed Forces of Montenegro. The contingent also includes a Joint Terminal Attack Controller team, individuals in the command and staff structure, and the national support element. The contingent will perform peacetime activities, which include exercises, training and other peacetime activities.
By participating in the Enhanced Forward Presence, Slovenia expresses its support to the strengthening of NATO’s comprehensive and credible deterrence and defence posture. In this way, the Alliance responds to a significantly changed security environment, dynamics and threats on its eastern flank. With its presence in the Baltics, the Alliance provides additional assurance measures to the most vulnerable Eastern Allies, who feel particularly at risk and have therefore requested assistance from NATO. The participation in the mission also contributes to the upgrading of interoperability with Allied forces, better competencies and training, as well as to the strengthening of the readiness and combat capability of units and members of the Slovenian Armed Forces.
Photo: Captain Tonja Ana Hrvatin, Public Affairs Section