During the visit, CSM Saliste was welcomed by CSM of the Latvian Armed Forces Edgars Joksts-Bogdanovs before speaking at the course alongside CSEL's from Allies Estonia, the Netherlands, Lithuania, Poland, Norway and partner nation Sweden.
"These engagements are important to the development of our corps of senior enlisted leaders, continuing a dialogue amongst one another, welcoming new faces and expanding our networks are some of the few critical components of these courses," said CSM Saliste. "However, most importantly we are able to take the things we've learned back to our own troops at home or those that are deployed on missions and put them in practice to better serve our nations and better serves the Alliance."
The Latvian NCO course is held every three years in the Allied nation where senior enlisted leaders from the Baltic nations and beyond meet with the aim of learning how to become Brigade or Battalion CSM's within their respective forces.
Since joining NATO in March of 2004, Latvia has played a vital role in supporting peacekeeping operations for the Alliance, notably playing host to NATO's enhanced Forward Presence Battlegroup Latvia, and supporting missions and operations in the Balkans, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Afghanistan and Iraq.