In December 2017, a three-week training course for Iraqi medical officers took place at the Military Logistics Training Centre in Niš, in the South of Serbia.

The course was part of the NATO Defence Capacity Building Initiative for Iraq. It aimed to train Iraqi military medics in dealing with trauma victims and casualty evacuation. There were 19 participants from the Iraqi Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Interior and Counter-Terrorism Service.

Serbian military medics provided this training. This is the second phase of a training that started in Germany in November, and will continue in Iraq, in the theatre of operations, where Belgian forces will continue with training the Iraqi medical officers in life-saving skills.

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Leading Seaman Bryan Ogle is a diver in the Canadian Navy. He wanted to discover what was underneath the surface of the ocean. In his job the community of submariners is very important, since they share their knowledge of a largely unknown and potentially dangerous environment. In short, they rely on each other to stay alive.

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“Every soldier has a special duty. When on mission I also rescue lives, but in a different way,” – Private Marko Kamenšek.

Private Marko Kamenšek is a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) defence specialist. He joined the army as it is dynamic and provides him a great opportunity for personal growth. He enjoys the small pleasures of life.
As part of NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence in the Baltic countries and Poland, he conducts CBRN training with a Canadian-led multinational battlegroup at Camp Adazi, Latvia.

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The first counter-narcotics training for Central Asian officers has started at the Dog Handling Centre of the State Border Guard in Rezekne, Latvia.
10 officers have been going through a training where they acquire sniffer dog-handling skills, as well as learn to share responsibility, vision and commitment to addressing illegal drug trafficking challenges.
This training is part of a counter-narcotics training project that NATO has been developing with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) since early 2016.

More information on the course, including training participants can be found here: https://goo.gl/VUDi1R
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Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 2 (SNMCMG2) trains counter-terrorism capabilities in the Black Sea, together with the Georgian Coast Guard.

Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 2 (SNMCMG2) visited Batumi, Georgia as part of the Group’s deployment in the Black Sea.

During this visit, SNMCMG2 comprised the Romanian frigate ROS Regele Ferdinand, the Turkish mine hunter TCG Edremit, the Romanian mine hunter ROS Lt. Lupu Dinescu and the Bulgarian minesweeper BGS Shkval.

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The Cyber Defence Unit was set up as part of the Estonian Defence League to bring technical expertise from the civilian world into the Estonian defence forces to be deployed should a cyber emergency arise.

Interview with one of the founding members of the Unit, Andrus Padar, who is the current commander, speaking about why the Unit is important to defend Estonia’s highly digitised way of life.

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რას წარმოადგენს ნატო, რატომ აგრძელებს არსებობას და როგორ ფუნქციონირებს ის?
ზოგად ინფორმაციას ნატოს შესახებ გაეცანით ამ ვიდეორგოლის მეშვეობით.


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This animation is part of the “NATO: what, why, how?” series, available in multiple languages. You can find them all in this playlist:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL_vlwQEsZAbyEa88nSFp-_ea6oDcP8SmJ

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Senior Airman Megan Burgos is an avionics specialist for the US Air Force. She was on deployment working for NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission in Siauliai, Lithuania. Her team of five was responsible for preparing the F-15 fighter jets so they were ready to scramble, whenever they were called out.

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Major Gediminas Grinius of the Lithuanian Armed Forces explains what it feels like to have PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) and how running “helps to release the pressure”.

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A look back on some of NATO’s most important events of 2017 including enhanced forward presence in the eastern part of the Alliance, Montenegro’s accession and contributions to Afghanistan and Iraq.
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As 2017 draws to a close, All of us at NATO would like to wish everyone across the Alliance a happy New Year.

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Tobi Rudolf is a German intern at NATO Archives. His job involves working with classified NATO documents older than 30 years. He goes through piles of files and selects those that he finds interesting or relevant for publishing online.

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As the holiday season approaches, we remember the thousands of NATO troops serving away from their families this Christmas. This piece was filmed in Orzysz, Poland, the home of one of NATO’s battlegroups. This battlegroup includes soldiers from the United States, Croatia, Romania and the United Kingdom.

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Members of the troops deployed to the NATO battlegroups in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland send their Christmas wishes to their family and friends.

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Norwegian tanks have been deployed to Lithuania to support NATO’s enhanced forward presence in the region.
The company, of around 200 troops, belongs to Norway’s Telemark Battalion. They provided support to the German-led multinational battlegroup. The deployment lasted six months.

Commanding one of the platoons was Lieutenant Silje Johansen Willassen, Norway’s Telemark Battalion’s first female tank commander. Lieutenant Willassen discusses the deployment and what it takes to deploy overseas.

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