On 25th February, a reception on the occasion of the 21st Anniversary of Baltic Defence College (BALTDEFCOL) and 102nd Anniversary of the Republic of Estonia was held at our premises. All staff and students gathered to celebrate together with the Commandant, Major General Andis Dilans and Estonian Senior National Representative, Colonel Ilmar Tamm, these two important events for College.
Our 21st Anniversary was honoured by the attendance of Mr Björn von Sydow. He has played a significant role in the development of the BALTDEFCOL. Mr von Sydow, being the Minister of Defence of Sweden and the representative of Sweden as the Supporting Lead Nation of BALTDEFCOL Project during the establishment of the College, signed the first Memorandum of Understanding of the Baltic Defence College in 12th of June 1998 in Brussels. Mr Björn von Sydow was provided an update about current and future developments of the College.
The Commandant, Major General Andis Dilans made a toast for BALTDEFCOL highlighting our age 21 as an age of adulthood but at the same time as such a young age full of many more milestones with plenty of responsibilities and tasks, no doubt, also full of bigger achievements. Major General thanked everyone for the effort and contribution and wished that College would remain adaptive, future-oriented, modern and wise enough to meet the expectations of Framework Nations.
Our anniversary is an amazing opportunity to recognize the ones who have given their significant and selfless contribution to the development of our College. After the awarding ceremony, Estonian Senior National Representative, Colonel Ilmar Tamm congratulated all the Estonians on the Independence Day and gave his thanks to the flag crew who participated at the Estonian Independence Day Parade.