Chief of Defence Staff of
the Netherlands General Peter van Uhm, Military Attaché of the Netherlands
accredited to the Slovak Republic LtCol Leon Soroko and Chief of General
Staff of the Armed Forces of the Slovak Republic General Ľubomír Bulík
visited Armed Forces Academy (AFA) on the 11th November 2011.
The aim of the visit was to get introduction to the International Staff
Officers’ Course (ISOC).
Armed Forces Academy is recognized as one of the
23 Partnership for Peace Training and Education Centres (PfP PTC) which
organize courses and provide preparation for military personnel within
NATO and PfP community.
ISOC is a project supported by the Netherlands
in numerous areas according to the Memorandum of Understanding between
the MoD of the Slovak Republic and MoD of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
General van Uhm received information about the
ISOC education and training program and during his visit he spent some
time with the students during their practical training in the syndicates.
Both generals stressed and appreciated the ISOC contribution to the transparency
and interoperability within the area of military training and education
and the quality of the theoretical and practical preparation in English
The aim of the course is to prepare officers for
staff work in multinational environment in the area of planning and conducting
of military operations according to NATO standards. There are currently
20 students in ISOC course from 8 countries (Czech Republic, Estonia,
Georgia, Moldova, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Serbia, Ukraine
All the guests were welcomed and accompanied by
AFA Acting Vice-rector for Science Assoc. Prof. Mariana Kuffová, PhD.
and ISOC Commandant LtCol Tomáš Bobko, who both appreciated the support
and help from the Netherlands.