Commander of the Canadian Army concludes visit to Slovenia

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August 26, 2017 – Vrhnika, Slovenia – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

Today, Lieutenant-General Paul Wynnyk, Commander of the Canadian Army, concluded a visit to Slovenia, where he met with the Commander of the Slovenian Force Command, Brigadier-General Milko Petek. Lieutenant-General Wynnyk personally thanked Brigadier-General Petek for Slovenia’s contribution to the Canadian-led multinational battlegroup in Latvia.

While in Slovenia, Lieutenant-General Wynnyk met with Ministry of Defence officials and members of the General Staff of the Slovenian Armed Forces. His visit also included an opportunity to view select equipment and resources as well as meet with the next rotation of Slovenian troops preparing to deploy to Latvia.

The presence of Canada, Slovenia, Albania, Italy, Poland, and Spain in Latvia is a clear demonstration of Allied solidarity, and NATO’s resolve in upholding its collective defence commitment. The eFP battlegroup in Latvia supports NATO’s strengthened deterrence and defence posture.

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“It was an honour to visit Slovenia, meet with Brigadier-General Milko Petek, and to take part in key discussions with military leadership and troops who will directly support the enhanced Forward Presence battlegroup in Latvia. Together with our Allies we are sending a clear and strong message that we are committed to preserving peace and preventing conflict in Central and Eastern Europe.”

    — Lieutenant-General Paul Wynnyk, Commander of the Canadian Army

“It was a privilege to host Lieutenant-General Paul Wynnyk in Slovenia. Slovenia contributes its troops to the Canadian-led battlegroup in Latvia along with four other Allied nations. The multinational character of the eFP battlegroup is the key feature in sending a message of Allied solidarity and burden-sharing.”

    — Brigadier-General Milko Petek, Force Commander, Slovenian Armed Forces

Quick Facts

  • The Slovenian Armed Forces are providing a Joint Terminal Attack Controller and Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear platoon to the Canadian-led enhanced Forward Presence in Latvia. These troops are capable of coordinating airstrikes and defending against chemical, biological, and nuclear attacks.

  • NATO enhanced Forward Presence battlegroups have also been established in Estonia, Lithuania, and Poland, and are led respectively by the United Kingdom, Germany, and the United States.

  • Through Op REASSURANCE, Canada is actively participating alongside our NATO Allies in measures to maintain security and stability in Central and Eastern Europe—through partnering, training, exercises, and other operational tasks.


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