Visit by General Daniel Hokanson, Chief of US National Guard Bureau

On 14th June, the Baltic Defence College (BALTDEFCOL) had the honor to host General Daniel Hokanson, Chief of the US National Guard Bureau. GEN Hokanson serves as a military adviser to the President, Secretary of Defense, and National Security Council and is the Department of Defense’s official channel of communication to the Governors and State Adjutants General on all matters pertaining to the National Guard.
The high-level officer and his delegation were welcomed by the Commandant, Brigadier General Ilmar Tamm, members of the College Management Group, and the United State Senior National Representative, LTC Danny Looney.

During the visit, both delegations held a Roundtable conversation on BALTDEFCOL’s perspectives and education on Baltic Region Security and beyond. The interactive discussion covered topics of great importance from a regional perspective including Russia, the role of NATO, and the European Union. Within the discussions, the College’s contribution to research in the field was explained in the context of academic events and publications. The possible areas of cooperation were also discussed and both parties expressed sincere interest in closer cooperation.

The United States has contributed to the College since its establishment. Every year, the US sends students to different BALTDEFCOL courses along with supporting education by recognized Guest Speakers and Subject Matter Experts. In addition, the College faculty includes two US faculty members, who are covering specific areas of education. In total, BALTDEFCOL has had 56 students from US and 14 faculty members sent by US Army.


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