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Support Command

The Support Command, re-established in 2002 (called the Logistics Centre of the Estonian Defence Forces up to 2014), is the legal successor to the Varustusvalitsus (support command by definition), established on 21 November 1918.

The Support Command of the past played a critical role in winning the War of Independence, as this structural unit had to provide the National Army with everything they needed for combat – arms, ammunition, supplies, clothes, shelter, and food. This means that the Estonian military logistics and the support command have the right and honour to call themselves one of the winners of the War of Independence and, consequently, founders of the Republic of Estonia.

Today, in many NATO countries, military logistics are regarded as the so-called fourth armed service beside the land, sea and air forces. As the so-called fourth armed service of the Estonian Defence Forces, the Support Command must ensure the daily functioning of the Estonian Defence Forces.

The Support Command ensures that the Estonian Defence Force units have ammunition, arms, equipment and means of transport. The Support Command also provides medical services to the Estonian Defence Forces. The Support Command supports all units of the Estonian Defence Forces participating in military operations with the necessary ammunition, arms, equipment and means of transport.

 

The Support Command also prepares military logistics for the national logistical support units in war zones or military operations, whose task is to ensure the functioning of our combat units in the operational area, as well as medical orderlies serving in war zones.

The Support Command is comprised of 6 structural units:

Headquarters of the Support Command 

  • planning and coordinating logistical support of the Estonian Defence Forces units and mission units
  • running, controlling and supporting the overall work processes of the Support Command
  • coordinating international cooperation of the Support Command

Logistics School

  • theoretical development of logistics in the Estonian Defence Forces
  • production of logistics training materials
  • conducting military logistics education in the Estonian Defence Forces

Movement and Transport Service

  • planning and arranging strategic movements of Estonian troops
  • arranging customs and border crossing procedures for international movements
  • providing movement coordination and control in support of HNS.

Supply Battalion

  • defence materiel management
  • defence materiel maintenance
  • depot service

Personnel Support Services Centre

  • the rehabilitation of injured or sick and rehabilitation organisation and coordination
  • social and psychological support and religious activities, leadership, organization and coordination
  • organizing and coordination of veteran policy

Medical Centre

  • providing the Estonian Defence Forces with medical services
  • supplying the Estonian Defence Forces with medical equipment and supplies

Contact

People

Lieutenant Colonel Erki Soo

Commander of the Support Command

Lieutenant Julius Air Kull

Public Affairs Officer of the Support Command

Last updated: 29. April 2024, 10:24

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