Soldiers who took part in the evacuation of Czechs and Afghan collaborators from Kabul in August received a departmental award at Vítkov in Prague on Friday. Members of the military police and special forces, pilots and soldiers who managed the evacuation from the Czech Republic were awarded. Some participants in the rescue mission were awarded on Wednesday, when Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (ANO) awarded them the Karel Kramář Medal.
In August, after the Taliban occupied most of Afghanistan with three flights of military specials, the Czech army removed 195 people from Kabul. Diplomats and employees of the embassy, military police officers from the KAMBA unit who guarded the ambassador and the embassy, Afghan collaborators of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Army, and other Afghans connected to the Czech Republic were evacuated.
The Minister of Defense Lubomír Metnar (for YES), who on Friday awarded the selected soldiers for Operation Evacuation the Cross of the State Defense or the Cross of Merit of the Minister of Defense, praised the Czech armed forces in a speech. According to him, they have shown that they belong to the world’s elite and are able to respond quickly to crisis situations. The time the Taliban took control of Kabul, he said, it was not at all certain that everyone would return home safely. “You kept a cool head and did something you can be rightfully proud of,” he told the soldiers. “Thanks to your courage and professionalism, we managed to save almost two hundred people,” he said.
He praised the work of military police and all those deployed directly in Kabul. According to him, the pilots and crews of the planes, who were able to land and fly from a practically non-functioning airport, also took a big risk. “And I must not forget the representatives of the Command for Operations and the General Staff, who planned and managed the entire operation,” he added. He also thanked the soldiers’ families for their support.
The soldiers were also awarded the Chief of the General Staff Aleš Opata and the Chief of the Military Police Miroslav Murček. The soldiers at Vítkov were also thanked by the commander of the Operations Command Josef Kopecký, who was himself among the winners. “It was absolutely exemplary work,” he said.
Source: Tyden.cz by www.tyden.cz.
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