SHAPE Chief of Staff’s Commendation for Excellence awarded to two Albanian servicemen

Over again at the at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE), two servicemen of the Albanian Armed Forces who have served for three years in this command were awarded the "Commendation for Excellence".

General Markus Kneip, Chief of Staff of the Allied Strategic Command (COS ACO), according to SHAPE Directive 040-004 "SHAPE Awards", on September 21-23 hosted the ceremony (autumn season), for military member serving in the ACO structure recipients of awards.

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Bad weather forecast at the weekend, NACP letter to five prefectures: Put the structures on alert

Following the weather forecast information provided by IGEWE and the homologous synoptic centers of neighboring countries, over the weekend in the North - West and South part of the country there will be heavy storms and rain, the National Agency of Civil Protection (NACP), pursuant to the law "On Civil Protection“ and the National Civil Emergency Plan addressed an official letter to five prefectures: Shkodra, Lezha, Fier, Vlora and Gjirokastra.

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From the financial support for the personnel to the modernization, Xhaçka sums up: Albanian Armed Forces at the service of citizens

"During the last 3 years we have managed to modernize the Armed Forces in order to transform it into a more professional force and closer to the citizens." - said the Defense Minister Olta Xhaçka at the ceremony of the 55th Anniversary of the Armed Forces Support Battalion, which was attended by the leadership of the General Staff of the AAF and servicemen who led the Support Battalion over the years.

On this anniversary, which coincides with the 3rd anniversary of taking office as Defense Minister, Xhaçka stressed that a new relationship has been built up with the citizens, by being closer to them in their most difficult moments.

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Minister Xhaçka promotes Brigadier General Arben Kingji

In the premises of the Support Battalion of the Armed Forces’ General Staff was held the promotion ceremony of Brigadier General Arben Kingji, to who was conferred the high rank by the Decree of the President of the Republic, upon the proposal of the Defence Minister. 

At the ceremony were present the Defence Minister Olta Xhaçka, Chief of General Staff of AAF Major General Assoc. Prof. Bajram Begaj, Commanders of Forces, directors of GS and MoD, as well as senior military and other guests.

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General Staff of AAF, with new leaders, Xhaçka: Meritocracy and professionalism

After the appointment of Major General Bajram Begaj as the Chief of General Staff of the Albanian Armed Forces a new leadership staff has been installed. At a meeting with the new leadership of the General Staff of the Armed Forces, the Defense Minister Olta Xhaçka conveyed the vision of a modern Armed Force, built on meritocracy and professionalism in order to meet the standards of a NATO member country.

According to Minister Xhaçka, the Armed Forces today operate with dignity and standard side by side with the most powerful armies in the world in missions from Afghanistan to Mali.

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