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Defence League Platoon founded within the Ministry of Defence
Volunteers working at the Ministry of Defence (MoD) formed a MoD Platoon within the Toompea sub-district of the Defence League.
The Platoon's main task is the peacetime defence of the MoD building and the employees within.
The reason behind the formation of the MoD Platoon is the willingness to make an additional contribution to national defence and the security of one’s workplace.
Almost 50 Ministry employees are taking part in the Platoon’s activities, including specialists, middle managers and members of the Ministry’s management.
Most of the Platoon’s members have completed conscript service, active duty in the Defence Forces, or were already members of the Defence League.
Captain in Reserve Andres Sang is serving as Platoon Commander.
According to Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defence Jonatan Vseviov, the key factor in the founding of the Platoon was the wish by the Ministry’s employees to voluntarily provide a personal contribution to national defence.
‘The creation of the MoD Platoon provided us with the opportunity to combine volunteer work with our jobs, to make an individual contribution to strengthening the security network covering Estonia’, said Vseviov.
Ilmar Raag, Commander of the Toompea sub-district of the Defence League, said that the Platoon within the MoD is a pilot project of sorts.
‘Since the actions of each individual are important when it comes to resolving crises, then we will probably see the formation of additional Toompea sub-district platoons functioning under the same principle’, said Raag.
The MoD Platoon is part of the so-called reserve structure of the Defence League, the members of which do not hold wartime post placements, and their tasks are associated, above all, with object defence and other support and public defence activities.
Servicemen from the United Kingdom, who are serving in Estonia within the framework of the presence of NATO, received mission medals at the ceremony held at the Ministry of Defence. Among others, a mission medal was presented to Colonel Giles Harris, Commander of the eFP Command in Estonia, who has been serving in Estonia since the arrival of the allied units in the spring of 2017.
Friday, Ministers of Defence from Estonia, Latvia and Denmark inaugurated Headquarters Multinational Division North, located at the Ādaži military camp, in Latvia. The purpose of Headquarters Multinational Division North is to enhance the defens capability of the region and connect the region’s forces with the Alliance’s highest Command Structure.