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24th Anniversary of Honorary Battalion

The Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Damir Krstičević and the Chief of the General Staff of the Croatian Armed Forces, General Mirko Šundov on 24 February visited the members of the Honorary Battalion on the occasion of the 24th anniversary of the Battalion and the St. Valentine Military Chaplaincy Day.

The Minister held a meeting with the members of the Battalion, presenting the achievements in 2017 and the guidelines for the current year.
During the visit the Minister and the Chief of the General Staff paid respects to the fallen members of the 1st Croatian Guards Corps;
“The Croatian Guards Corps was a special and recognisable unit during the Homeland War, 76 members sacrified their lives for the freedom and independence of Croatia.
Minister Krstičević stressed the revived changing of the guards ceremony of the Battalion in the St. Marks Square in Zagreb.
“The Croatian Armed Forces are developing and will continue to do so; it is a lasting process, and our priority is to provide the best available conditions for their members – enlisted soldiers, NCOs and officers “.

The Minister congratulated the Battalion on the performance of the ceremonial drill, which highlighted the importance of physical readiness of the Croatian soldiers.

“The year 2018 is dedicated to the readiness of the Croatian Armed Forces; sport activities ease the soldiers exercise their daily assignments. The Ministry has taken care to equip the gyms and provide the members of the Croatian Armed Forces with training kits“. The Minister also stressed that the Croatian soldiers assisted the civilian population with the difficulties caused by heavy snow, the same as they fought with the fires and floods last year.

The Chief of the General Staff of the Croatian Armed Forces, General Mirko Šundov, congratulated the members of the Honorary Battalion on the well- performed ceremonial drill and called on to them to continue honing their skills. “The Honorary Battalion is a pride of the Croatian Armed Forces; I am glad to see the ceremonial drill group grow larger and congratulate you on the diignified and professional conduct of your tasks all these years“.

The Commander of the Battalion, Colonel Elvis Burčul outlined the main activities for the current year, among which the pratice of miliary decision making process in the Simulation Centre – the CAX, the field exercise “Otok 18” and the Exercise “Velebit 18″.

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