Oct 28 2020
Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Vodák
How would you describe yourself in three words?
Experienced - Flexible - Sociable
Having served in the military for more than 28 years, I have occupied several positions in the logistics branch in the Czech Armed Forces. I also had several opportunities to gain international experience during my previous assignment at NATO’s Movement Coordination Centre Europe (MCCE) in Eindhoven (NLD), missions in Afghanistan, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina as well as several international exercises. Bringing in this expertise should help me to become a relevant member of JSEC and to contribute to JSEC’s development.
I would like to provide JSEC and my superiors with one of the worldwide-appreciated attributes of the Czech soldiers – flexibility and ability to adapt to any conditions and circumstances.
During my previous assignments, I have learned that sociability is a crucial personal prerequisite for working within multinational communities and I hope it is a natural part of my character.
What makes your home country special for you?
Bravery - Skoda - Beer
Looking back into the Czech history, there are many examples of men and women whose heroic deeds on behalf of their fellow citizens remain unforgotten in the Czech collective mind. I would like to emphasize a few of them - Czech theologian Jan Hus who was burned at the stake for heresy against the doctrines of the Catholic Church in 1415, the first Czech president T.G. Masaryk called “President Liberator” or thousands of the Czech famous or unknown soldiers fallen for their country in the first and second World War.
Despite the fact that most German people are very proud of the German automotive industry, we can see thousands of Skoda cars in Germany :-). Skoda Company is a flagship of the Czech industry and one of the famous Czech products making our country famous worldwide.
Additionally, trying to compare German and Czech bier…Germans are better football players. The Czech Republic’s beer has been one of the country’s major cultural attractions for centuries, an industry that flourished despite world wars, occupation by an invading army and decades of communism, all the while barely losing a drop in sales.
What is your impression of Ulm in three words?
Multicultural - Beautiful Donau - Local Cuisine
Coming from a small country and a small town, I really got excited by the multicultural and multinational society in the city of Ulm as well as at JSEC. We can see the impact of many ethnic groups when it comes to various types of restaurants or provided services. Since the very beginning of my stay in Ulm, I have been captivated by the beauty of the Danube River and its adjacent paths for running or jogging. As a typical gourmet and “hobby cook”, I have tasted and learned many local special dishes. This kind of reconnaissance is one of my favorite leisure time activities.
How would you describe JSEC in three words?
New - Cooperation - ProfessionalEstablishing JSEC, as a new HQ on the scene, from the scratch, brings primarily challenges and commitments to the staff. JSEC is still in the process of being matured and formalized as a fully mission-capable HQ fulfilling its Rear Area Battle Space Manager role. It takes time as well as a lot of effort. Nevertheless, in my view, the dynamic of the development is exceptional. Regarding the fact that JSEC is considered the crucial liaison entity between NATO and national HQs, cooperation with all involved stakeholders is definitely a key element of JSEC staff efforts. Cooperation also means to persuade Allies that accepting this additional entity could bring substantial benefits. Having a look into JSEC structure, staffing, professional experience and knowledge of JSEC personnel, there is no doubt we will achieve all mentioned goals.
What makes JSEC special to you?
Multinationality - Opportunity - Creativity
JSEC structure is progressively populated by national representatives and, based on my former military assignments, it is always a rewarding experience to cooperate and share thoughts and knowledge with various national experts, within such a multinational community. Setting up a new HQ not only appeals and requires people's knowledge and experience, but also some kind of creativity as well as a willingness to be proactive and broaden your horizon.
Multinational cooperation is a rewarding experience.
Story by Joint Support and Enabling Command Public Affairs Office