U vojarni “Vitez Damir Martić” u Rakitju održana je svečanost povodom imenovanja Središta za međunarodne vojne operacije “Josip Briški” | Foto: MORH/M. Čobanović

IMOTC named after Josip Briški

“Josip Briški sacrified his life for peace, and naming the Centre training the soldiers for PKO after him was a tribute”, said Minister Krstičević

The International Military Operations Training Centre has been renamed to “IMOTC Josip Briški” at a formal ceremony held in the Barracks “Vitez Damir Martić” at Rakitje  on 1 October 2019.

The IMOTC to be named after Cpl. Josip Briški, the member of the Special Forces Command killed during the deployment to Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan.

Josip Briški
U vojarni “Vitez Damir Martić” u Rakitju održana je svečanost povodom imenovanja Središta za međunarodne vojne operacije “Josip Briški” | Foto: MORH/M. Čobanović

The ceremony was attended by the Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Damir Krstičević as the Envoy of the President of the Republic, by the Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Croatian Armed Forces Lieutenant General Drago Matanović, by the Commander of the Croatian Army Major General Siniša Jurković, by the Commander of the Special Forces Command Brigadier General Perica Turalija, by the Commander of the IMOTC “Josip Briški” Colonel Ivan Miloš, by the members of the Military Diplomatic Corps and other senior military and civilian visitors.

The logo bearing the name “IMOTC Centre Cpl Josip Briški” was unveiled by Cpl  Briški’s wife Stella Briški and the Commander of the Special Forces Command  Brigadier General Perica Turalija.

Josip Briški
U vojarni “Vitez Damir Martić” u Rakitju održana je svečanost povodom imenovanja Središta za međunarodne vojne operacije “Josip Briški” | Foto: MORH/M. Čobanović

Minister Krstičević: Naming the Centre “Josip Briški” – a tribute to late Josip 

Minister Krstičević said Josip Briški sacrified his life for the ideals and values he had lived and served by.

“Josip sacrificed his life for peace, and merited to have the International Military Operations Centre, preparing soldiers for engagements in peace keeping operations, named after him. The new name aims to encourage the members of the Croatian Armed Forces to follow the example of Josip and  strive for excellence at training and tasks and to display fidelity to the homeland and the Croatian Armed Forces”

The Minister emphasised that the members of the Croatian Armed Forces were facing complex and demanding tasks and challenges, particularly during deployments in international military operations.

Security threats n the enviroments are always present, yet proper training can minimise the likelihood of incidents.  

The training centres of the Croatian Armed Forces, among which the IMOTC have a major responsibility”
“The new name of the IMOTC displays the respect for the merit and the sacrifice of the Croatian soldiers in the Homeland War and today, who sacrified their lives for the Republic of Croatia, the establishment and values of the Croatian Army”, said the Minister .

Lt. Gen. Matanović: Centre “Josip Briški” will be a symbol of all fallen Croatian soldiers

Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Croatian Armed Forces Lieutenant General Drago Matanović called on the trainees and the personnel of the IMOTC “Josip Briški” to follow Josip’s example of proud  service to the homeland.

“It is a great honour and responsibility to bear the name of glorious members of the Croatian Armed Forces. THe IMOTC has been renamed after Josip Briški, but will be a symbol of all fallen Croatian soldiers”, said Lt. Gen. Matanović.

Brigadir Ivan Miloš zapovjednik Središta za međunarodne vojne operacije “Josip Briški“ | Foto: MORH/M. Čobanović

Colonel Miloš: The members of the IMOTC will honour the name of Josip Briški

The Commander of the “IMOTC Josip Briški” Colonel Ivan Miloš said the Centre’s personnel would  honour the late Josip Briški, as they cherish the memory of the fallen victims of the Homeland War and of the members of the Croatian Army today.

Minister  Damir Krstičević decided that the IMOTC would be renamed “IMOTC Josip Briški” in remembrance and honour to the tragic death of the member of the Croatian Armed Forces.

The International Military Operations Training Centre was established on 1 March  2001, and has designed 13 courses in accordance with the  UN, NATO and the EU standards. The Mission is to train members of the Croatian Armed Forces and foreign armed forces, of government institutions for staff and other duties in NATO/EU/UN-led operations and monitoring of unit and task force training processes for the engagement in NATO/EU/UN operations.

The Centre has trained over 5,000 soldiers for operations in international environments, among whom 450 foreign armed forces members.