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1st SAF Brigade

Slowenische Streitkräfte - Wappen 1st SAF Brigade - Slovenian Armed Forces - Crest - 1st SAF Brigade

The coat of arms of the 1st Brigade is rep­re­sent­ed by a shield, which is diag­o­nal­ly divid­ed by a thick­ened arrow sug­gest­ing the unit’s unyield­ing nature, strik­ing force and abil­i­ty of rapid response. The nation­al col­ors sym­bol­ize the appur­te­nance to the Repub­lic of Slove­nia. The cock­ade in the low­er third of the coat of arms denotes the mem­ber­ship of the 1st Brigade. The cock­ade orig­i­nates from grenadier units, where the can­non­ball is replaced by a globe, refer­ring to the unit’s inter­na­tion­al mil­i­tary co-oper­a­tion. The asso­ci­a­tion with the Celtic sym­bol of the sun, encom­pass­ing the globe, sug­gests the par­tic­i­pa­tion in enhanc­ing world peace and secu­ri­ty. The flame of an explo­sion is replaced by a plume of four feath­ers from the tail of a grouse, which Sloven­ian young men once used to wear on their mil­i­tary caps. The braid in the gar­land is made of ever­green leaves a sym­bol of Sloven­ian peas­ant ris­ings and nation­al move­ment.

The 1st Brigade was estab­lished in 1998 by trans­form­ing the MORiS Brigade. The MORiS Brigade was estab­lished at the end of 1990 as part of the Nation­al Defense Manoeu­vre Struc­ture project, when it start­ed prepa­ra­tions for armed com­bat with the Yugoslav People’s Army.

The brigade pro­vides forces to sup­port and pro­tect nation­al inter­ests in peace­time and in states of emer­gency in a strate­gic or region­al envi­ron­ment, and assists in the event of nat­ur­al and oth­er dis­as­ters. The unit’s mis­sion is to con­duct oper­a­tions and com­bat oper­a­tions on Sloven­ian ter­ri­to­ry, inde­pen­dent­ly or in sup­port of main SAF defense forces. Out­side Sloven­ian ter­ri­to­ry, it per­forms peace­keep­ing and human­i­tar­i­an mis­sions and car­ries out oth­er inter­na­tion­al mil­i­tary oblig­a­tions of Slove­nia.

Head­quar­ters and units of the 1st SAF Brigade

Karte slowenische 1st Brigade - map slovenian 1st brigade

SAF - 10th Motorised BattalionThe 10th Motorised Bat­tal­ionWas estab­lished in 1996 as the 10th Inter­na­tion­al Co-oper­a­tion Bat­tal­ion. Mis­sion and tasks: train­ing of sol­diers per­form­ing duties and con­duct­ing tasks in peace sup­port as human­i­tar­i­an oper­a­tions; deploy­ment as a com­bat group into areas of oper­a­tion. In this con­text it con­ducts com­bat oper­a­tion for defense of key instal­la­tions or areas, obstruc­tion of ene­my break­through and com­bat con­trol of a ter­ri­to­ry.
SAF - The 20th Motorised BattalionThe 20th Motorised Bat­tal­ionWas estab­lished in Decem­ber 2002. Mis­sions and tasks are as a com­bat group the deploy­ment to the area of oper­a­tion, and under the com­mand and as part of MLF (Multi­na­tion­al Land Forces), con­ducts tasks of peace sup­port and human­i­tar­i­an oper­a­tions.
SAF - The 17th Military Police BattalionThe 17th Mil­i­tary Police Bat­tal­ionWas estab­lished at the end of July 1991 as a per­ma­nent struc­ture pla­toon for spe­cial assign­ments and was designed for per­form­ing inde­pen­dent mil­i­tary and police tasks and anti-com­man­do and anti-ter­ror­ist assign­ments.
SAF - The 670th HQ Logistics BattalionThe 670th HQ Logis­tics Bat­tal­ionWas estab­lished as the 670th Logis­tic Base in June 1998 and pro­vides logis­tic sup­port to the oper­a­tion of the com­mand and units and sup­ports the com­mand and super­vi­sion of the 1st Brigade. Tasks: the estab­lish­ment and main­te­nance of sig­nals; sup­ply with mate­r­i­al of class­es I, II, III and IV; main­te­nance of mate­r­i­al at lev­el II; med­ical pro­vi­sion and dam­age in the rear area.

Text/Bild Quelle — text/image source:
Slowenis­ches Vertei­di­gungsmin­is­teri­um / Sloven­ian Min­istry of Defence (MOD):
Klad­nik, Tomaz: Sloven­ian Armed Forces in the ser­vice of Slove­nia; 2nd sup­ple­ment­ed edi­tion. Ljubl­jana, 2007, ISBN 978–961-6177–14‑6