On 10th November, the Baltic Defence College (BALTDEFCOL) was honoured to host a visit by Commander of the NATO Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (AARC) Lieutenant General Sir Edward Smyth-Osbourne.
On behalf of the Commandant Brigadier General Ilmar Tamm, Lieutenant General Sir Edward Smyth-Osbourne was welcomed by the Deputy Commandant/ Chief of Staff Colonel Dietmar Hartung (DEU A) and the Dean Dr hab. Col (ret) Zdzislaw Sliwa.
During the visit, our high level guest paid a lecture to Joint Command and General Staff Course to discuss the crucial role of land component and AARC in contemporary warfighting against Near-Peer Opponent. He also shared experiences about being a commander within an international environment presenting some specific characteristics of corps level operations and interaction between a commander and staff. It was followed by the questions-answers session presenting the students' interest in security and land component operations.
After the briefing, the General received a briefing about BALTDEFCOL vision, mission and tasks. He was introduced to BALTDEFCOL courses and academic activities, including ongoing developments. Lieutenant General Sir Smyth-Osbourne expressed interest in respective courses recognizing their value as a contribution to professional development and pre-deployment education for a specific command and staff positions.
Prior to the visit to the BALTDEFCOL, the separate meeting with the Commandant of the BALTDEFCOL Brigadier General Ilmar Tamm and Chief of Staff of the Estonian Defence Forces Brigadier General Enno Mõts was held in Tallinn.