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
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