Today, at the military barracks “Alekso Demnievski – Bauman” in Veles, there was a military duty handover ceremony of the Commander of the Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC). Colonel Vasko Kokolanski took over the duty of Commander of the Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), who was appointed by a decree issued by the President and the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, within the activities marking the 30th jubilee of the founding of the Army.
At the ceremony, there were a lot of distinguished guests including, the Minister of Defense, Slavjanka Petrovska, the Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Army, Major General Azim Nuredin, the Commander of the Operations Command, Brigadier General Besnik Emini, the Commander of the 1st Infantry Brigade, Brigadier General Sashko Lafchiski, representatives of the cabinet of the President, the Ministry of Defense, GS and the Army, commanders of the subordinate commands and units, representatives of the local government and other guests.
The Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Army, Major General Azim Nuredin said: “To be the Commander of the Training and Doctrine Command, whose mission is educating young military personnel, represents great honor as well as huge obligation when conducting the assignments and facing challenges. Tactical training and gaining knowledge and combat skills are one of the most important segments of military profession, which responsibility is carried out by you, the service personnel working at the Training Command. This segment of your mission is of exceptional importance to the Army. The knowledge and experience gained by the professional soldiers as attendees of the basic and advanced non-commissioned officer courses, help shape professional NCO staff, who are key personnel in future leadership and training within the units.”
General Nuredin congratulated the incoming Commander expressing conviction that the Supreme Commander’s trust will be justified. In addition, he acknowledged the appreciation of the Deputy Commander of the Training Command and Doctrine, Colonel Stojanche Todorov, for his contribution, ultimate dedication and profound professionalism while fulfilling his duty.
The incoming Commander, Colonel Vasko Kokolanski, had been Deputy Commander of the 1st Infantry Brigade (1IBde). In his speech, he thanked the relevant authorities for having the confidence in him and appointing him as Commander of the Training and Doctrine Command.
Colonel Kokolanski said that by joining the steadfast team of professionals, he would dedicate all his energy, knowledge, skills and enthusiasm towards dealing with the challenges the Command is facing in order to accomplish its mission. He added that in order to meet the objectives of the Training and Doctrine Command’s mission, he would continue to intensively work on adjusting and enabling its full capacity when facing security challenges of the modern times.
At the military ceremony, when the flag changed hands between the Deputy Chief of General Staff of the Army, General Nuredin and the incoming Commander, Colonel Kokolanski, he officially took over the duty of TRADOC Commander.