SKOPJE, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*-- NATO Liaison Office Skopje (NLO Sk) continued the visits to higher level host nation commands and units with a Sept. 29 visit to the headquarters of the Logistics Support Brigade and the Military Medical Center.
Navy Capt. Gorazd Bartol, NLOSk chief, led a delegation of the NATO Advisory Team, or NAT, and was welcomed by the commander of the Logistics Support Brigade, Col. Vasko Toshevski, at the brigade’s Skopje headquarters. The NAT delivered a short briefing on the history, mission and tasks, organizational structure, available personnel, and most significant activities of the office.
The Logistics Support Brigade provided a briefing on their structure, manning and challenges that they are currently facing, as well as their future plans. A discussion between NLO Skopje and the hosting unit developed in terms of the new Logistics Concept to be drafted, existing National Support Element Concept, Logistics Information System, and codification and standardization issues. This was followed by a briefing from the Military Medical Center Commander, Lt. Col. Irena Mineva, who explained the structure and manning of the center, and their participation in peacekeeping missions abroad. The discussion led to the newly formed Regional Balkan Medical Task Force, which is currently under construction, with Serbia as a framework nation among the host nation and Slovenia, which will include the deployment of the Role 2 Field Hospital. Skopje was also provided a tour of the Regional Medical Training Center, which is well equipped with professional and educated staff.
The visit concluded with mutual agreement that NAT will work closely with the Logistic Support Brigade and the medical center wherever it may be required.
The NAT will continue with visits to various formations until the end of the current year to emphasize the close joint efforts to achieve the country’s NATO-oriented goals.
*Turkey recognizes the Republic of Macedonia with its constitutional name