On 16 November 2022, the flag of the Czech Republic was raised at the NATO Mountain Warfare Centre of Excellence (MW COE), in Poljče, during an official ceremony, which was marked by the attendance of the Ambassador of the Czech Republic, His Excellency Juraj Chmiel.
As of November, the NATO MW COE grew to a total of seven Sponsoring Nations, namely Slovenia, Germany, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Italy, Poland, Romania, and Austria as a Contributing Nations. Getting the Czech Republic on board of the NATO MW COE, means to get a nation with much operational experience in the world of NATO COEs.
The cooperation between the NATO MW COE and the Czech Republic dates back to 2015, when the Centre was visited by the Czech Minister of Defence. In the years to follow the visit, many opportunities to cooperate were explored, in particular the participation of Czech officers in MW COE events and its support by ratifying the NATO STANAG 6252 as one of the first nations.
In his address, the NATO MW COE Director, Colonel Borut Flajšman, took the opportunity to congratulate the new Sponsoring Nation, stating that is was a truly significant moment in the history of the Centre.