Yesterday, at the ceremony held in the hall within the Ministry of Defence and dedicated to the anniversary of the start of the War of Independence, Minister of Defence Jüri Luik presented decorations to individuals who have contributed to the national defence.
In his speech, Minister of Defence Jüri Luik noted that, in terms of the development of national defence as a whole, contributions from all fields and all people are important.
‘Your work and contribution are worthy of acknowledgement and it is my pleasure to serve the Republic of Estonia with you,’ said Luik. He added that the celebration and commemoration of the start of the War of Independence is given solemnity with the thanking of our people.
‘Our forefathers wisely used the opportunity to found the Republic of Estonia. We are tasked with making sure that we never again have to await the opportunity to begin establishing this country again,’ noted Luik.
Among the 62 people being honoured are several people who have contributed to the promotion of bilateral defence cooperation between Estonia and another country, the creation of a cyber defence command, development of the national defence infrastructure, development of international defence cooperation or the functioning and development of the system for assessing the state of health of the persons liable to the national defence obligation.
The highest recognition, the Order of Merit of the Ministry of Defence, First Class, was awarded to General Riho Terras for his outstanding and important contribution as Commander of the Defence Forces to the development of Estonia’s national defence.
The Order of Merit of the Ministry of Defence, Second Class, was awarded to Lieutenant Colonel Mark Paul Attrill, for his outstanding service in 2015 to the launching of the NATO staff element in Estonia and supporting the necessary preparations for the deployment of NATO allies.
The Order of Merit of the Ministry of Defence, Second Class, was awarded to Gary Lee Brooks, for the outstanding development of bilateral defence cooperation between Estonia and the United Kingdom.
Mihkel Tikk, Colonel Andres Hairk and Major Silver Andre were awarded a Third Class decoration for their important contributions to the creation of the cyber defence command.
Doctors Katrin Peterson, Margit Kivaste and Triinu-Mari Ots earned gold badges for their outstanding contribution to the functioning and development of the system for assessing the state of health of persons liable to the national defence obligation.
The Cross of Merit of the Ministry of Defence is awarded to people who have made a personal notable contribution that has helped promote Estonia’s national defence.
View the full list of recipients: http://www.kaitseministeerium.ee/et/uudised/kaitseminister-tanas-silmapa...
View photos of the ceremony: https://pildid.mil.ee/index.php?/category/59119
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