Slovenia appoints first female army chief
Slovenia appointed Major General Alenka Ermenc as chief of the army, the government said recently making her the only woman in charge of a NATO country’s military.
Ermenc is the first woman Chief of the General Staff of the Slovenian army. She takes over from her predecessor Alan Geder.
Ermenc has served in the army since 1991, the year Slovenia declared independence from Yugoslavia. She studied at the Royal College of Defense Studies and King’s College University, both in London.
Her promotion comes after a change of government in September when the centre-left Prime Minister Marjan Sarec took power following a June general election.
Slovenian President Borut Pahor hopes Ermenc’s appointment will help improve the performance of Slovenia’s military.
“The global trend of a deteriorating security situation continues and even though Slovenia is not directly threatened military-wise, it must improve its military safety relatively quickly,” Pahor said in a statement released by his office.
An Alpine nation of some 2 million people, Slovenia has about 7,500 soldiers, including both active and reserve troops.
Ermenc was promoted to the rank of major general last week. She has participated in the NATO-led KFOR peacekeeping mission in Kosovo and holds of several army awards.
At the NATO headquarters in Brussels, a NATO official said the alliance “has long recognized the importance of women in the armed forces.”
“For NATO, equal participation contributes to more resilient societies, more effective forces, and lasting peace,” said the official, who is not permitted to speak on the record as part of their job description.
Slovenia is the home country of U.S. first lady Melania Trump. Slovenia is first NATO state to appoint female army chief. Up Slovenia!
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