All former commanders were also invited for the event. UK Brigadier General Blease (retired), Bulgarian Rear Admiral Gagashev (retired), Slovenian Brigadier General Humar and Slovenian Navy Captain Bartol managed to favourably respond to the invitation and were at the ceremony among high officials of the Presidential Office, the Government and the Army of the Republic of North Macedonia.
“The road to NATO was passed with painstaking reforms, individual efforts and maximum dedication of generations and generations of members of the armed forces. This strategic goal represents one of the largest cohesion factors in our society, supported by wider national consensus behind which are all relevant political parties, vast majority of citizens from all ethnicities and strong support is also provided by the non-governmental sector and the business community," stated President Pendarovski in his address at the army celebration day.
“The effect of the Army reforms is a result of the comprehensive reform package we have undertaken as a result of the strategic determination to become a NATO member.
The road to NATO was passed with painstaking reforms, individual efforts and maximum dedication of generations...
We were not alone in that process. On that path we had an ally that reminded us of the obligations, offered the best solutions and encouraged us to continue with dynamic pace. For almost two decades the NATO Liaison Office in Skopje has been supporting and assisting the defence sector reforms that were necessary to achieve the high criteria and standards for achieving the full-fledged membership in NATO. Thanks to the guidance and advice from our allies, the reforms had an added value. That is why today we have effective and mobile army, ready to face and execute the most complex tasks. Those are the main reasons why I have decided to present the NATO Liaison Office with the Order for Military Merit. That is our gratitude for their efforts, further," said President Pendarovski.
The Army day Celebration was held in Ohrid, North Macedonia.
NATO Liaison Office Skopje was honoured by receiving the Order of Military Merit and remains devoted to further assisting the country on its path to NATO membership.