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Annual CIOR and CIOMR joint Mid-Winter Meeting (MWM23) in NATO HQ

The Interallied Confederation of Reserve Officers (CIOR) in conjunction with The Interallied Confederation of Medical Reserve Officers (CIOMR) will hold a joint Mid-Winter Meeting (MWM23) in Brussels (BEL) during the period 30 January – 03 February 2023.  In cooperation with NATO National Reserve Forces Committee (NRFC), a seminar will also be held in NATO HQ Press Theatre on February 1st. This year the seminar is dedicated to war in Ukraine, its consequences to Europe, Russia and the whole world as well as reserve forces role in Ukrainian conflict.

The MMW23 is the first of two key annual CIOR and CIOMR meetings during which both organisations’ Presidents and Vice-Presidents will exchange information to determine how the two organisations will contribute to the coherent development of national Reserves and enhanced cooperation between member nations. The Vice-President’s represent their country’s national Reserve organisations with strong links and responsibilities to their MoDs and Defence Forces who support their position as CIOR or CIOMR delegates.

This year’s MWM meeting is significant. NATO National Reserve Forces Committee (NRFC), CIOR, CIOMR and Interallied Confederation of Reserve Non-commissioned Officers (CISOR) from across our NATO or affiliated to NATO member countries responsible for national Reserve issues will be in attendance to support collaborative working.

The Interallied Confederation of Reserve Officers, commonly referred to by its French acronym CIOR (Confédération Interalliée des Officiers de Réserve) is a formal NATO-affiliated, non-political and non-profit umbrella organization of member nations’ national reserve officer associations. CIOR represents the interests of over 1 million reservists across 34 participating nations within and beyond NATO, making it the world’s largest military reserve officer organization.

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Estonian Defense Forces commander warns about the next phase of Russian aggression

MARTIN HEREM: Russia’s defeat in Ukraine would not put an end to the danger that lurks us.

“We have no right to underestimate Russia’s aggressiveness in the future, and there is also no reason to think that the defeat of the Russians in Ukraine would be the end of any danger lurking in wait for us.”, emphasizes the commander of the Estonian Defense Forces (EDF), Lieutenant General Martin Herem, in a post published on social media.

“We naturally have to focus on Ukrainian victory right now, since this is the primary and inevitable goal on the way to securing a better future. This is, however, only the first goal. Second, we have to be prepared for Russia’s next aggression against us in Estonia, against our allies and our values. We are all waiting for the end of the war between Ukraine and Russia. It is widely believed that, in order to end the conflict, the Russian Federation must withdraw its forces from Ukrainian territory. This includes eastern Ukraine and Crimea. This is what we all desire, and hope for.” he writes.

Based on Lt Gen. Herem´s social media post (link in Estonian). Published and translated by Estonian Public Broadcasting (ERR).

Read the full article here: https://news.err.ee/1608840238/martin-herem-we-must-be-ready-for-the-next-phase-of-russian-aggression

The high-tech mass of Estonia and its allies is superior to our opponent's technology.
Photo: Valmar Voolaid/Estonian Defense Forces

Reservists from Denmark, Estonia, Canada and Latvia train at NATO exercise

Reserve officers and NCOs from Denmark, Estonia, Canada and Latvia take part of the exercise Knight Lion 22 from 16 to 25 November in Adazi military base, Latvia.

“ Reserves are playing a very important role in manning the headquarters of the Multinational Division North and conducting exercise KNIGHT LION, as well as sharing experience and promoting interoperability and cooperation among participating personnel and nations,” Major General Flemming Mathiasen, Commander of Multinational Division North said.

Knight Lion 22 is preparatory exercise for exercise Griffin Lightning 23, where NATO´s Multinational Division North units improve their readiness and enhance the NATO interoperability based on common use of doctrines, tactics, procedures and functional services, ensuring that NATO and Partner Nations can operate together effectively to keep our nations safe.

Former CIOR YROWs Captain Ronny Vossen from Denmark and Lieutenant Mari Uuemaa from Estonia stationed now in the MNDN.

Multinational Division North is an integral part of NATO force structure. The division was established to demonstrate NATO´s will and ability to defend Baltic States and secure peace and stability in the region.

During peacetime, the Multinational Division North is manned by regulars but during exercises reservists are called up to train together. This year, more than 14 nations are represented on exercise Knight Lion, among them many reserve officers and non-commissioned officers. Reserve personnel at Multinational Division North mainly comes from Denmark, Latvia, Estonia and Canada.

By: Multinational Division North public affair officer

Reserve personnel at Multinational Division North mainly comes from Denmark, Latvia, Estonia and Canada.

IBM done!

Successful working sessions and visit to the Finnish National Defence University

By: 1st Lieutenant (r) Susanna Takamaa, the Finnish Reserve Officers’ Federation/CIOR StratCom

The first IBM (1/4) lead by the Estonian Presidency was helIBMd in Helsinki, Finland, with fifty international reserve officers around the CIOR from the 27th to 29th of October 2022. The meeting was planned and executed as hyper meeting, so delegations were able to take part in the meetings also remotely.


Canada, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France and Germany Vice-Presidents

The first full working day of the IBM took off with opening remarks from the President followed by council working session and a presentation from the NRFC secretary general at the Paasitorni Congress Center. After the morning session the reserve officers took a trip to military island Santahamina, where the Guard Jaeger Regiment operates. Santahamina also provides a home for the Finnish National Defence University.

The IBM attendees were given a presentation of the Finnish Defence System, they got an overview of the Finnish officer’s education and how the Finnish reserve is trained. Pistol shooting event was organized in Santahamina for the IBM participants.


FNDF Head Of Department (Military Technology) Col Mauri Etelämäki and CIOR President LtCol Toomas Luman

“It was great to introduce our system to foreign reserve officers, we had excellent conversations and also planned the CIOR Summer Congress scheduled to take place in Helsingi next summer” 1st Lieutenant (r) Aaro Mäkelä from the Finnish Reserve Officers’ Federation says. “We are well prepared for the upcoming Summer Congress and warmly welcome our fellow reserve officers to Helsinki”.

Saturday held within a council working sessions. The council had presentations from the CIOMR and CISOR and there were discussions over the strategic program and finance. The next meeting will be the Mid-Winter Meeting, which will take place in Brussels at the end of January 2023.


IBM participants

Autumn IBM to take place in Helsinki

First Estonian Presidency IBM 1/4 in Helsinki at 27-29 October 2022.

By: Susanna Takamaa, 1st LT, Finnish Reserve Officers’ Federation/ CIOR Public Affairs.

The Interallied Confederation of Reserve Officers (CIOR) will hold an In Between Meeting One (IBM 1/4) of the Estonian Presidency through 27th to 29th of October 2022 in Helsinki, Finland. This will be a hybrid event – physical meetings shall take place at Helsinki Congress Paasitorni with virtual participation in some CIOR and/or CIOMR organized working sessions.

The CIOR President’s intent is to develop a sustainable and balanced financing strategy for the organization and define the responsibilities and rights of the committees. The meetings will seek to realize outcomes in accordance with Presidential Aims, Strategic Objectives and CIOR Business and Planning.

“This is a planning meeting for CIOR” says Lieutenant Colonel (r) Toomas Luman, the President of CIOR.
Committees are expected to present they reports about current situation and plans for next year in this meeting. Council is to discuss the matters in agenda and prepare topics that need council decision for the next meeting, that is a meeting with the power make legally binding decisions.
“We wish participants to have progressive work sessions to develop the organization and prepare it for the next year, but also introduce the Baltic Sea region security issues and allies hopefully very soon to be CIOR full members, such as Finland” Luman adds.

Registration period will be open from Monday, 5 September until Thursday, 13 October. All participants must register through Fienta online registration using the link provided to those who are expected to participate. All meetings will be hosted in the Helsinki Congress Paasitorni, Finland, whereas virtual participation will be in Teams. Link for virtual participants to join virtual sessions will be sent out 27 October, link is valid from icebreaker until the end of the IBM.

“This event is short and mainly just working sessions, but the highlight would also be the one day visit to Santahamina, where the IBM attendees will be briefed about the Finnish defence system and military education” 1st Lieutenant (r) Aaro Mäkelä, the President of Finnish Reserve Officers’ Association tells.

“here is also possibility to take part of CIOR presidents favorited military skill – pistol shooting.

Estonian reserve officers took over CIOR presidency

Estonian Reserve Officers Association took over CIOR presidency from Germany on August 5th in Athens.

By: Ingrid Mühling, Lt Cdr, Estonian Navy/ CIOR Public Affairs.

Lt Col Toomas Luman, new president of CIOR, said in his letter to CIOR committees, that in current security situation many countries pay more attention to reserve forces than years ago. „The post Cold War notion that NATO can be defended only by regular forces, is no longer valid. During our presidency we aim to harmonise NATO and partner countries understanding of the use of reserves and draw the attention of NATO`s Military Committee and Reserve Forces Committee (NRFC) to reserve forces issues. „Estonia´s defence is based on reserve force, we know what it means for a country, for employers and for the military to have a large reserve force“ he added.

Lt Col Luman emphasized that committees role in CIOR development should expand. „Committees are the cornerstone of our organization, they create value and outputs that will be visible to NATO and member nations“ he said. In order to make co-ordination between committees and presidential team smoother, committees have designated team members who help to co-ordinate their activities and solve problems if they occur.

Estonian presidential team comprises of officers from Belgium, Finland, Denmark, UK and Estonia. International members reflect the international nature of CIOR and help create synergy between member countries.

Estonian Reserve Officers Association was established 1997 and joined CIOR two years later. EROA became full member of CIOR after Estonia joined NATO. Estonia co-chaired CIOR presidency during UK´s chairmanship and organized number of CIOR events including Summer Congress 2019 and Late Summer Congress 2020. Next In Between Meeting and Summer Congress 2023 will be held in Helsinki, Finland.

CIOR Permrep handing over the flag from German presidency to Estonian presidency.
From the left: new CIOR President Lt Col Toomas Luman, Estonian Minister of Defence Hanno Pevkur, former CIOR president Capt (Navy) Jan Hörman
The incoming Estonian presidency team.