The ties between the Nebraska National Guard and the Czech Republic have been strengthened during a visit by the Czech Ambassador.
Part of the visit of Czech Ambassador Petr Gandalovic was a stop to speak with Nebraska Adjutant General Daryl Bohac at the Nebraska National Guard Joint Force Headquarters in Lincoln.
Bohac says the ties between the two began in 1993. They grew stronger three years later, when the Czech Republic became a full member of NATO.
Bohac says they have been mutually beneficial.
“We’re going to be going there in September to do some things with explosive ordinance disposal and air-to-air refueling with their Gripen (Griffin) jet fighters. So, we’re looking forward to that,” Bohac says.
Bohac says the Nebraska Guard has learned a lot from the Czech armed forces. He says the Czech military is known for its expertise in defense against chemical weapons.
Though the visits might be infrequent, they prove valuable.
“We’re not there year-round by any stretch of the imagination, but we probably have three or four events a year where we’re sharing expertise and learning from them,” according to Bohac.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]