Today, 21st August, 2015 at 11:30 am a military ceremony was held in front of the Joint Operations Command (JOC), in barracks “Boro Menkov” in Kumanovo, on the occasion of receiving duty commander of Joint Operations Command (JOC) by Brigadier General Vasko Gjurchinovski.
The ceremony was attended by the Minister of Defence of the Republic of Macedonia, Mr. Zoran Jolevski, Chief of General Staff and the outgoing commander of the Joint Operations Command Lieutenant General Metodija Velichkovski, other generals from GS, commanders of the subordinate units of GS and commanders of subordinate units of JOC.
At the ceremony, in accordance with the Rule of military protocol, the Minister of Defence, CHOD of ARM and the newly appointed Commander of JOC addressed the lined up members of JOC.
In his speech the Minister of Defence emphasized that the duty Commander of JOC is a challenge for every military leader, which is reflected in the fact that the previous and the current Chief of Staff came to the office from this post.
General Velickovski thanked the members of the JOC for the support and unselfish commitment during the time when he was performing the duty commander and wished successful performance to the newly appointed commander
The newly appointed Commander of JOC Brigadier General Gjurchinovski stated that he expects creativity and dedication from his personnel in the forthcoming period to justify the trust that JOC and ARM have among the citizens of the Republic of Macedonia.
In addition he thanked General Velichkovski on the results JOC has achieved so far and promised to continue with accomplishments that will make everybody proud.
At the end of the ceremony while handing over the military flag of JOC the official transfer of duty Commander of Joint Operations Command was performed.
According to decree of the President and Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, Mr. Gjorgje Ivanov, Brigadier General Vasko Gjurchinovski is appointed commander of the JOC and Lieutenant General Metodija Velichkovski is appointed Chief of General Staff of ARM.