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    Col Palm tipped for Estonia's next chief of staff

    TALLINN, Mar 12, BNS - Col. Veiko-Vello Palm, commander of the 1st Infantry Brigade, may become the next chief of staff of the Estonian defense forces when incumbent Martin Herem takes over as the new defense chief in December, the news portal of public broadcaster ERR said.

    ERR has learned that the selection of Palm for the position is upheld both by Herem as well as the secretary general of the Ministry of Defense, Jonatan Vseviov.

    The government in January endorsed the appointment of Maj. Gen. Martin Herem as the new commander of the Estonian defense forces effective Dec. 5.

    Palm, who began service in the defense forces as a conscript in the Kalev Infantry Battalion in 1992, has studied at the Estonian National Defense Academy and graduated from the Cadet School of the Finnish National Defense University and a general staff officer's course in Finland.

    Palm has served as head of the training department at the military headquarters and participated twice in the operation in Afghanistan. He served as head of the department for defense planning at the Ministry of Defense from 2012-2015. For the past three years he has been the commander of the 1st Infantry Brigade based in Tapa and has been greatly in charge of the organization of the hosting of the battalion of the NATO battle group there.

    Palm received the Order of the Cross of the Eagle, 3rd Class, from the president on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia earlier this year.

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    Baltic News Service

    • Published: 12.03.2018 13:19
    • LETA, BNS
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