Czech Republic

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Capital: Prague
Area: 78.867 sq km
Comparative area: slightly smaller than South Carolina
Population (July 2011 estimate): 10,190,213
Official language(s): Czech
State Partner: Texas and Nebraska
International Organizations and Agreements: NATO, European Union, United Nations, World Trade Organization

Relations between the United States and the Czech Republic are excellent and reflect the common approach both have to the many challenges facing the world at present. Additionally, millions of Americans have roots in Bohemia and Moravia, and a large community in the United States has strong cultural and familial ties with the Czech Republic.

The strength of the relationship between the U.S. and the Czech Republic is reflected in the priority both countries place on their Euro-Atlantic ties. In 1994, the Czech Republic joined the Partnership for Peace program to work towards becoming a NATO member.  The U.S. Department of Defense and the Armed Forces of the Czech Republic partnered together to attain significant military reforms and to achieve the Czech Republic's admission to NATO in 1999. Today, U.S. and Czech armed forces routinely train and operate together. 

Since 2005, the Czech Republic has consistently supported the NATO International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) through the commitment of a significant number of troops to a variety of missions:  Special Operations Forces, Provincial Reconstruction Teams (PRT), Operational Mentoring and Liaison Teams (OMLT), and Air Mentoring Teams (AMT).

In 2007, the NATO Joint Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Defense Center of Excellence was activated in Vyškov. There are currently Acquisition and Cross-Servicing, Status of Forces and General Security of Military Information agreements in place with the Czech Republic. 

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Brigadier General Holt is the Director of Logistics, Headquarters United States European Command, Stuttgart-Vaihingen, Germany. He oversees the direction and management of international agreements and the coordinated logistical support of the United States European Command.January 6, 2014Logistics centre carries on ISAF interoperability lessons learnedThe Director of U.S. European Command Directorate of Logistics is the newly-elected Chairman of the Board for the Multinational Logistics Coordination Centre and in this blog he talks about his visit to the centre and the benefits it brings to the members and USEUCOM.
February 16, 2011Cyber Defense is a Team SportThe theme of this conference was “Empowering a Cyber Defense Workforce" and included over one hundred participants with 40 partner cyber defenders from 18 countries, NATO, and other international organizations. The cheer squad came from USEUCOM's components, DoD agencies and industry.
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March 20, 2014Statement from Central European Chiefs of Defense ConferenceChiefs of defense from Central and Eastern reinforced the importance of NATO and their alliance and partnerships emphasizing proven partnerships built on shared values, experiences and vision.
NAMEST AIR BASE, Czech Republic -- Capt. Bennet Merriman, 81st Fighter Squadron A-10 Thunderbolt II pilot, puts on his flight equipment before a close air support and forward air control training mission Sept. 10, during Ramstein Rover 2012 here. RARO 12 is a NATO partnership building exercise involving more than 16 nations. A-10 Thunderbolt IIs from the 81st FS are participating in the exercise to provide close air support to partnering nations and practice forward air control missions with their NATO allies in international security assistance force realistic scenarios. During this mission the 81st FS pilots supported German and Italian forward air controllers. Participating in exercises like RARO 12 ensures effective employment of airpower in support of alliance or coalition forces while mitigating risks to civilians in contingency operations. September 14, 201281st FS plays critical role in NATO exerciseThe 81st Fighter Squadron is participating in a Ramstein ROVER 2012 Sept. 5-22.
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February 9, 2014USEUCOM State Partnership ProgramThe United States European Command State Partnership Program (EUCOM SPP) is a National Guard program that links U.S. States with partner countries in the European Theater for the purpose of supporting the security cooperation objectives of United States European Command (EUCOM). 65 Partnerships exist worldwide and 22 Partnerships exist with former Soviet, Yugoslav and Warsaw Pact countries in the EUCOM Area of Responsibility. The program is a component of the larger (global) State Partnership Program, which oversees the program of each of the six geographic Combatant Commands.
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