Czech army to have new deputy chiefs of staff this week


28.07.2014 10:23

Prague - Jiri Baloun, Josef Becvar and Jaroslav Kocian will be new deputy chiefs of staff of the Czech military as of August 1, General Staff spokeswoman Jana Ruzickova has told CTK.


Vlajky členských států NATO před sídlem organizace v Bruselu. ČTK/AP Virginia Mayo

Czech chief of staff Petr Pavel will have four deputies. Frantisek Maleninsky is the only deputy chief of staff who remains in his post.

Kocian will be chief inspector of the Czech military. This post is not occupied now. He held a senior post at NATO´s international command in Brussels for three years.

Baloun will replace Ales Opata as the head of the Joint Operations Centre and Becvar will replace Miroslav Zizka as first deputy chief of staff.

Becvar, who was deputy chief of staff already in the past, was a Czech Defence Ministry´s representative in Paris.

Both Opata and Zizka will occupy posts in NATO structures.

Zizka will be the new Czech military representative to NATO and the EU in Brussels. This post has been held by Baloun until now.

Opata will replace Cestmir Tesarik as the Czech military representative at the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) in Mons, Belgium.

Tesarik is leaving the army after 40 years of service. He was a helicopter pilot for most of his military career.

Further changes in the Czech military´s General Staff would follow if chief of staff Petr Pavel was elected chairman of the NATO Military Committee, which is the second highest post in NATO after the secretary general.

The Czech government nominated Pavel for the post on July 21.

The new NATO Military Committee chairman will be elected for three years in late September and he will take up the post in June 2015.

According to CTK´s information, the Czech military has several generals with sufficient experience from NATO structures or foreign missions who might replace Pavel as chief of staff.

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