University of Defence hosted a week-long course named CZECHCUL from 17 till 21 September 2012. Arranged annually as a part of EUAFA’s (EU Air Force Academies) activities, the course is intended for international students of Air Force academies who want to learn Czech military forces, history and contemporary situation. The course participants get acquainted with university studies of military professionals or Czech Air Force structure.
The cadets visit also other units and facilities of the Czech military system than the University of Defence. Particularly, these are the air bases in Přerov or Náměšť nad Oslavou and the air traffic control training centre in Prague. Visits to air bases offer the cadets opportunities to chat with Czech air force personnel or see the pilots or air traffic controllers doing their daily work routines. A bonus for such a course is the NATO allied Air Force exercise of "Ramstein Rover 2012" taking place at Náměšť nad Oslavou base from 4 to 21 September 2012.
The cultural parts of the course introduce the international cadets to the sightseeing places in Brno and Prague and to the Austerlitz battlefield or beautiful caves of Moravian Karst. In the eventing and night, Czech “air” departments students happily take care of the guests. This is also an option of establishing new contacts and learning air force professional training in other countries.
Text and photo: Miroslav Šebela, photo: Zdeňka Dubová