LUXEMBOURG ARMY – NON COMMISSIONED OFFICER TAKE OATH

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keywords: lëtzebuerger arméi, army, defense, take an oath, luxembourg. On Tuesday 11 September 2018 with the presence of the Chief of Staff of the army General Alain Duschene that a non-commissioned officer of the Luxembourg Army took an oath. The non-commissioned officer attended the following trainings from February 2017 to March 2018: – “JZ9207 / JZ9203, Training Team & Long Section” at the Royal School of NCOs at the Saffraanberg Campus in Sint-Truiden, Belgium. – “GT2700 LOO CIS – 2017 – 9 – CCSpDeptCIS” at the Communication and Information System…

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A400M LUXEMBOURG – MAINTENANCE EXPLOITATION SPENDING VOTED

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keywords: a400m luxembourg, logistics support, air component of the luxembourg army. The maintenance and operatipn budget of the A400M Atlas Luxembourg was voted this afternoon. A budget of 420 million euros for a 35-year operational period was approved by the MPs by a large majority (55 yes (CSV, LSAP, DP, déi gréng), 2 no (dei Lénk), 3 abstentions (ADR)). Postponed several times due to production problems of its manufacturer Airbus Military, the Defense branch of the European aircraft manufacturer, the arrival of the Luxembourg A400m in Findel is now scheduled…

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A400M LUXEMBOURG – DELIVERY POSTPONED UNTIL 2020

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keywords: a400m airbus military, lëtzebuerger arméi, nato, belgium, luxembourg. The arrival of the Luxembourg A400M on the Findel runaway is once again postponed to be scheduled for early 2020. This was stated by the Minister of Defense Etienne Schneider Friday in response to a question by Fernand Kartheiser, ADR MP. The delivery of the A400M by Airbus Military, the defense branch of the European aircraft manufacturer, was previously planned for 2019. “Delivery postponed until early 2020, the A400M price remains unchanged” (Etienne Schneider, March 08, 2018)   Intended for strategic and tactical…

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LUXEMBOURG – DIEKIRCH MILITARY CENTER MODERNISATION

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keywords: military center, army, härebierg, diekirch, luxembourg. It is official since Wednesday, the Diekirch Military Center will know an unprecedented total investment of 137 million euros to renovate, modernise and expand the Barracks, pillar of the Luxembourg Army. EUR 137 million for the modernisation and extension of the Härebierg military barracks Built mainly in the 1950s, the Grand-Duc Jean barracks at Härebierg in Diekirch need to be renovated and modernised to better meet the ever-increasing missions of the Luxembourg Army, particularly within NATO. Over the last four years, investments of…

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SATELLITE LUXEMBOURG – GOVSAT-1 LAUNCH SUCCESS

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keywords: govsat-1 satellite, secure telecommunications, space strategy, luxembourg. It is done. Luxembourg’s GovSat 1 satellite for highly secure communications to governments and armies is in orbit. The news confirmed by the actors of this success that are SpaceX the US company responsible for the launch and the Luxembourgish SES world leader in satellite construction and 50% partner in GovSat, a rain of congratulations fell on the networks first and foremost those of Prime Minister Xavier Bettel and Minister of Defense Etienne Schneider. GovSat is strengthening the position of Luxembourg as…

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DEFENSE – LUXEMBOURG TO BUY AN OBSERVATION SATELLITE

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keywords: lëtzebuerger arméi, observation satellite, NATO objectives, earth observation, defense, luxembourg. It’s official since today, the Luxembourg government will initiate a bill to allow the Luxembourg state to acquire, launch and operate a satellite and its ground segment for Earth observation allowing the government to satisfy its defense needs and obligations. As we know since last year, Luxembourg is implementing an ambitious defense strategy by 2025. Although the country is small and can not compete with its neighbours or other members of the Atlantic Alliance, it nonetheless wishes to respect…

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DEFENSE LUXEMBOURG – 29TH SESION ARMY VOLUNTEERS TAKE AN OATH

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keywords: lëtzebuerger arméi, volunteer service to the army, voluntary military service, solemn promise, luxembourg. Forty-three new recruits took the oath on the 12 January at the Diekirch Military Center in the presence of Defense Minister Etienne Schneider and the new Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces General Alain Duschène. This ceremony marks for volunteers the completion of the four-month basic training. This phase aims to prepare the volunteer soldiers for their 36-month military training, which can then be extended. Of a total of 65 recruits, 43 have successfully completed…

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ARMY LUXEMBOURG – THE CONTINGENT IN LITHUANIA

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keywords: lëtzebuerger améi, d’arméi, otan, enhanced forward presence, lithuania, luxembourg. As a result of repeated attacks by Russia on Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea, a NATO mission is to strengthen the protection of the most eastern members of the Alliance, Poland and the countries Baltic. Luxembourg as a member of NATO takes its part and actively participates in the “Enhanced Forward Presence” (eFP) mission in Lithuania, which represents a significant budgetary effort given the size of the country but shows the government commitment in its ambitious policy of supporting…

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SECURITY JOBS – POLICE ARMY FIRE/RESCUE ARE HIRING

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keywords: security jobs luxembourg, recruitment, lëtzebuerger arméi, police lëtzebuerg, pompjeeën. Long regarded as a small sleepy country, the Grand Duchy wakes up in recent years under the current government impulse through significant increases in budgets allocated to Public Security. Thus major campaigns for the modernization of equipment and rejuvenation of the staff are launched for the Army, the Police, the Fire/Rescue services. These three entities were present at the 2017 Student Fair at LuxExpo and their booths were continuously packed, highlighting the new interest of the youngest for military, police…

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DEFENSE LUXEMBOURG – NEW CHIEF OF STAFF FOR THE ARMY

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keywords: chief of staff, army, arméi, defense, luxembourg. On Friday, 29 September 2017, the ceremony appointing the new Chief of Staff of the Luxembourg Armed Forces took place between General Romain Mancinelli (retiring) and General Alain Duschène, in the presence of the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense, Étienne Schneider, and the Secretary for Defense, Francine Closener. General Alain Duschène joined the Army as a volunteer-soldier in 1978 and climbed all levels. He then studied at the Royal Military Academy in Brussels and received a BA in Social and Military…

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SECURITY GUARD – WHY HIRING AN EX SOLDIER IS A GOOD PICK

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keywords: private security, private security officer agent guard, military, soldier, luxembourg. Private Security jobs are exciting for those who love to serve and protect others. In many cases, the job of security guard is considered to be poorly qualified and not very rewarding, whereas it requires highly developed technical, human and psychological skills. Being a good security guard is not easy, recruiting a good security guard is not easy either. Historically, former soldiers have been recruits of choice for private security companies. Indeed the training received by former soldiers is…

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DEFENSE LUXEMBOURG – ARMY VOLUNTEERS TAKE AN OATH

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keywords: voluntary service to the army, voluntary military service, solemn promise, luxembourg. Thirty new recruits of the Luxembourg Army took an oath last Friday in the presence of Secretary of Defense Francine Closener. This symbolic ceremony marks the end of the 4 months of basic training of new volunteers serving with the Army, who have committed themselves to a 36-month period (which may be extended). Out of a promotion of 56 volunteers, only 30 recruits or just over half will be allowed to continue their commitment. This year, seven volunteer…

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ARMY LUXEMBOURG – ANNIVERSARY CONCERT INVITATION

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keywords: “anniversaries” concert, army luxembourg, d’arméi, military music. As part of this year’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of volunteer military service and the 175th anniversary of military music, a concert will be organised at the Philharmonie on October 20th. The General Staff of the Army today informs that the general public is invited to attend this concert which will be given by the Grand-Ducal Military Music accompanied in part by the former musical group AWACS, army volunteer orchestra founded in 1982. The military music will accompany the screening of…

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LUXEMBOURG PALACE – SOLEMN CHANGING OF THE GUARD

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keywords: solemn changing of the guard, grand-ducal palace, luxembourg. This Saturday 09 September 2017 will take place the solemn changing of the Guard in front of the Grand-Ducal Palace in Luxembourg at 16:00. After the changing of July 08, it is the last time for this year 2017 that the public will be able to attend this event expected by inhabitants and tourists. The solemn changing of the Guard is experiencing a growing success from year to year, the Luxembourg Army demonstrating all its mastery and makes dream all the…

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POLICE – PRISONERS TRANSPORT BY SPECIALISED PERSONNEL

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keywords: prisoners, justizvollzugsbeamter, grand ducale police recruitment, luxembourg. The staff of the Grand-Ducale Police are undersized in the face of all the missions the Police are confronted. The transport of prisoners from Court to prison is a good example of this, which is now underlined by MPs André Bauler and Max Hahn (DP). This action mobilizes staff who are forced to wait for long periods and during these periods they are not performing Police operations. Like the German “Justizvollzugsbeamter”, a specialised professional in the transport of prisoners, MPs question the…

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BELGIAN NATIONAL DAY – A PROMISING MILITARY PARADE

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keywords: belgian national day, military parade, d’arméi, belgium. The 21st of July marks the Belgian National Day and with it its military parade in the heart of Brussels on the Place des Palais. A military and civilian parade on the “proud to serve” theme this year 2017. An air parade opened by the Red Devils will precede the parade of the equipments and men. A detachment of the Luxembourg army with men and equipments will also be present, as well as French, German and Dutch detachments. A promising parade that…

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LUXEMBOURG ARMY – DEPLOYMENT IN LITHUANIA – NATO MISSION

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keywords: enhanced forward presence, nato, lithuania, arméi, luxembourg. The Lithuanian Ministry of Defense confirms the arrival of Luxembourg soldiers on its soil by the port of Klaipėda on 17 July late night. These soldiers intervene as part of the “Enhanced Forward Presence” (eFP), a NATO mission to ensure the security of the Eastern European Alliance member countries ( The Baltic States and Poland) with regard to the potential risks posed by Russia following the annexation of the Crimea and support for the pro-Russian separatist militias in eastern Ukraine. This reinforcement…

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DEFENSE 2025 ROADMAP – BUDGET HIKE AND AMBITIOUS STRATEGY

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keywords: defense 2025 roadmap, francine closener, d’arméi, luxembourg. After the great success of the Open Door at Diekirch Military Center last Sunday, Defense Secretary Francine Closener presented today the “Guidelines of the Luxembourg Defense to 2025 and beyond”. The increase of the military budget, the recruitment strategy, the purchase of monitoring drones, but that’s not all. Reminding the efforts made since 2014 to increase the share of the military budget in GDP and the future efforts to be made in the new NATO missions, the following guidelines are announced: Confirmation…

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LUXEMBOURG PALACE – SOLEMN CHANGING OF THE GUARD

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keywords: solemn changing of the guard, grand-ducal palace, luxembourg. The coming weekend is full of military events. As the Army celebrates the 50th anniversary of the voluntary military service and opens the doors of the Diekirch Military Center to visitors on Sunday 09 July, it will be the capital city that the day before will welcome the solemn changing of the Guard in front of the Grand-Ducal Palace Saturday 08 July at 4.00 pm. An event awaited by the locals and tourists, the changing of the Guard is experiencing a…

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LUXEMBOURG – OPEN DOOR AT DIEKIRCH MILITARY CENTER

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keywords: military center door open, diekirch, d’arméi, luxembourg. As the Army celebrates 50 years of voluntary military service in Luxembourg, the Diekirch Military Center opens its doors to the public on Sunday, July 09, 2017 from 10 am to 6 pm. Throughout the day materials will be exhibited and demonstrations will be carried out according to the planing below. For safety reasons it is not advisable to come with a backpack and access by car to the “Härebierg” will be allowed only for people with reduced mobility. Demonstration program: 11.00-11.30…

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LUXEMBOURG – A VOLUNTARY MILITARY SERVICE ATTRACTIVE

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keywords: voluntary military service, army, luxembourg. While Luxembourg Army is celebrating 50 years of voluntary military service this year, the government is trying to make the military career more attractive. For a long time poorly considered, the military career is increasingly considered by young people, rejuvenation of staff is under way. While the law of 28 June 1967 put an end to compulsory military service by introducing voluntary service, since that date more than 8,350 volunteer soldiers have joined the Army. In 1987, voluntary military service was opened to women….

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DEFENSE – LUXEMBOURG TO BUY TANKER-AIRCRAFTS

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keywords: defense, nato, tanker-transport aircrafts, brussels, luxembourg. At the initiative of Luxembourg and the Netherlands a memorandum of understanding for a European multinational fleet of Airbus tanker-transport aircrafts was signed in July 2016, ordering two Airbus A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport aircrafts, which should be delivered in 2020. On Thursday, June 29, 2017, Germany and Norway join the initiative, and at the same time the fleet goes from two to seven ordered aircrafts. The units will be delivered from 2020 onwards. Four will be stationed at Eindhoven airbase (the Netherlands), the…

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LUXEMBOURG NATIONAL DAY – ARMEIFEST PUBLIC INVITATION

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keywords: national day luxembourg, arméifest um rousegäertchen, luxembourg. On Wednesday, the Army General Staff, on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of Volunteering with the Army and in the framework of the 175th Anniversary of Military Music, communicates on the public invite by the Luxembourg Army to attend the “Arméifest um Rousegäertchen”. Organized at the Place des Martyrs in Luxembourg-Ville, this popular festival celebrates the anniversary of these two milestones in the history of the Luxembourg Army will take place at the end of the military parade that takes place…

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DEFENSE – AIRBUS A400M DELIVERIES DELAYED AGAIN

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keywords: a400m, airbus military, nato, defense, luxembourg. With an increasing military budget, Luxembourg army wants to take on a new dimension. By 2020, the government plans to raise the military budget from 0.4% of GDP to 0.6% of GDP, a 50% increase. This increased budget allows the large recruitment of soldiers and the purchase of equipment such as drones, helicopters and transport aircraft. As for the transport aircraft, it is an Airbus Military A400m purchased jointly with other NATO allies (France, Germany, Belgium, Spain, Turkey). According to Reuters, Airbus Military may need…

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DEFENSE – LUXEMBOURG ARMY IS HIRING

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keywords: army, military, defense, jobs, luxembourg. The Luxembourg military recruits permanently. With a budget expected to rise from 0.4% of GDP to 0.6% of GDP by 2020, a 50% increase in 4 years time, and a questioning on the future of NATO, procurement equipment decisions (drones) have already been taken. And an increase in staff numbers is also planned. But attention, increasing numbers does not mean lower requirements. Even though it is composed of only a thousand men today, this military now plays an important role in supporting the abroad operations, and its role…

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DEFENSE – LUXEMBOURG ENVISAGE L’ACHAT DE DRONES ET D’HELICOPTERES

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mots-clés: defense, luxembourg, drone, surveillance, espace aérien.   Le Secrétaire d’Etat à la Défense a déclaré mardi lors de la séance à la Chambre des Députés relative à l’armée que le gouvernement envisage d’acheter des drones et des hélicoptères dans le but de surveiller l’espace aérien national. Ces appareils ne seront pas armés et seront uniquement affectés à des taches de surveillance. Alors que la décision d’acheter des drones semble prise, rien n’a encore été décidé en ce qui concerne les hélicoptères. Un avion de transport de type A400M devrait…

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DEFENSE – LUXEMBOURG PLANS TO BUY DRONES AND HELICOPTERS

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keywords: defense, luxembourg, drone, surveillance, airspace. The Secretary of State for Defense said on Tuesday during the session in the Chamber of Deputies concerning the military that the government plans to buy drones and helicopters in order to monitor the national airspace. These drones and helicopters will not be armed and will only be assigned to monitoring tasks. While the decision to buy drones seems taken, nothing has yet been decided regarding the helicopters. An A400M transport aircraft should also be acquired in partnership with other NATO members (France, Germany,…

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DEFENSE – Why the return of military service is only a matter of time

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keywords: military service, cold war, deterrence, russia, sweden. While the question of the return of military service may seem absurd as it is admitted that the European countries no longer practice conscription, a recent news issued yesterday caused the perplexity of military experts. Western countries are facing an unprecedented news, the return of conscription in a European country in peace. Sweden announced yesterday 02 March 2017, the return of military service from the summer of 2017. The news impact is equaled only by the precipitation of its implementation. The country…

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DEFENSE – Budget increase by 10% in the US, what about Luxembourg?

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keywords: pentagon, president trump, nato, military ambition, europe of defense.   President Trump announces today a significant increase of nearly 10% in the budget of the national defense (Pentagon) which leaves the whole world puzzled. While he seemed to want to reduce military spending (see the pressure he put on US military equipment manufacturers with a series of tweets in order to lower the prices) he now takes the opposite side. An increase of such importance is not surprising in China for example, but it is well in the United…

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