The Opening Ceremony of the Joint Command and General Staff Course
On 15th August, on the Polish Armed Forces Day, the Baltic Defence College
(BALTDEFCOL) welcomed the students of the Joint Command and General Staff
Course (JCGSC) 2022/2023.
This academic year is a special one marking another milestone in college
history. On 13th July 2022, BALTDEFCOL received a
certificate signed by the Deputy Chief of Staff Joint Force Development of
the NATO Allied Command of Transformation (ACT) granting the BALTDEFCOL
unconditional institutional accreditation status. So, this year 66 students from 13 nations can say, that they started their educational journey at the BALTDEFCOL, the NATO accredited Training and Education facility.
Within his Opening Remarks, Brigadier General Ilmar Tamm, the Commandant of
the BALTDEFCOL greeted the students by encouraging them to follow the slogan
of Tartu - City of Good Thoughts. He recommended sharing good thoughts,
knowledge, and experiences with others as it is common in Tartu.
Commandant highlighted a few keywords that he believes should accompany the
students during the next 10 months. “BALTDEFCOL is unique, professional and
we shape the future leaders”, he stated and added “but so are you, unique.
Share this uniqueness, and share the uniqueness of your nation, your forces
peculiarity. You all are professionals on your field, show that and share
your experiences”, he continued and urged students to think forward and set
some goals to themselves by stating that “actually you are shaping your own
The Commandant stressed the significance of team spirit and the importance
of respecting each other. As he has always emphasized there is something
important that students can take from the college education period, those
are lifelong personal connections.
The Official Ceremony ended with a small reception
dedicated to BALTDEFCOL's unconditional Accreditation by NATO ACT.
The JCGSC is BALTDEFCOL’s oldest course providing Professional Military
Education at the operational level to prepare commanders and general staff
officers and selected civil servants for joint, interagency, and
multinational environments to meet the complex security challenges from
Baltic and Euro-Atlantic perspectives.