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Czech air force to be commanded by Sebesta

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Prague, July 11 (CTK) – Former helicopter pilot Brigadier General Jiri Sebesta, 53, will replace Brigadier General Libor Stefanik in the post of Czech air force commander in the days to come, daily Pravo wrote on Monday.

Sebesta, now Stefanik’s deputy, has an interesting past military career, Pravo writes.

According to his CV, he has flown almost all types of the helicopters the Czech military used in the past 30 years.

He served in the missions in Kosovo and Afghanistan, Pravo writes.

Sebesta also commanded the helicopter base in Prerov, north Moravia, and served at the NATO command in Naples for three years, it adds.

Stefanik is poised to leave for diplomacy, Pravo writes.

He commanded the air force since 2013. In the past, he flew the L-29 and L-39 aircraft and the Soviet-made MiG-21s, it adds.

Stefanik, a graduate of the air academy in Kosice, east Slovakia, and an air academy in the USA served in a mission in Afghanistan.

Referring to a well-informed source, Pravo writes that Stefanik is to start a new career in diplomacy.

“General Stefanik is leaving for the embassy in Stockholm where he is to become the military attache,” the source said.

Sweden is a vital partner for the Czech military because Czech pilots use the Gripen fighters leased from the Swedish government.

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