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Martin Herem
Major general Martin Herem in 2017
Born December 17, 1973(1973-12-17) (age 49)
Place of birth Tallinn, Estonia
Allegiance Estonia
Service/branch Estonian Defence Forces
Years of service 1992 – present
Rank Major general
Commands held

Martin Herem (born 17 December 1973) is an Estonian Major general and the current Commander of the Estonian Defence Forces since 2018.[1] Herem entered into service in 1992. From 2013 to 2016 he served as the Commandant of the Estonian National Defence College and from 2016 to 2018 Chief of Staff of the Headquarters of the Estonian Defence Forces.[2] Herem was one of the re-founding members of the paramilitary Estonian Defence League in 1990.[3] On 14 February 2018, Martin Herem was promoted to the rank of Major general.[4]

Military career

  • 09.1992 - 06.1996 Estonian National Defence College, cadet
  • 07.1996 - 02.1998 Kuperjanov Single Infantry Battalion, Platoon Leader
  • 02.1998 - 07.1998 Kuperjanov Single Infantry Battalion, Company Executive Officer
  • 07.1998 - 11.1998 Kuperjanov Single Infantry Battalion, S3 Staff Officer
  • 11.1998 - 01.2000 Tartu Single Infantry Battalion, S3 Staff Officer
  • 01.2000 - 07.2000 Tartu Single Infantry Battalion, S3 Staff Commander
  • 07.2000 - 07.2001 Tartu Single Infantry Battalion, Staff Commander
  • 08.2002 - 08.2003 Estonian National Defence College, Instructor of the Tactics Department
  • 09.2003 - 02.2006 Estonian National Defence College, Head of the Tactics Department
  • 02.2006 - 06.2006 Operation Iraqi Freedom II training mission Senior Staff Officer with US brigade
  • 06.2006 - 04.2007 Estonian National Defence College, Head of the Tactics Department
  • 04.2007 - 05.2008 Tapa Training Center, Staff Commander
  • 06.2008 - 07.2012 North-Eastern Defence Command, Commander
  • 07.2012 - 08.2013 Estonian National Defence College, Deputy Commander
  • 08.2013 - 07.2016 Estonian National Defence College, Commandant
  • 07.2016 - 12.2018 Headquarters of the Estonian Defence Forces, Chief of Staff
  • 12.2018 - ... Commander of the Estonian Defence Forces

Awards, decorations, and recognition

Decorations and badges

Estonian Awards and decorations
EST Order of the Cross of the Eagle 2nd Class BAR.png 2nd Class of the Order of the Cross of the Eagle 5 February 2018
EST Cross of Merit of the Ministry of Defence.png Cross of Merit of the Ministry of Defence (III class)
EST Distinguished Service Decoration of the EDF.png Distinguished Service Decoration of the EDF 16 February 2007
EST Order of Merit of the Estonian Defence Forces.png Order of Merit of the Estonian Defence Forces
EST Defence Forces Commendation Service Cross for outstanding duty.png Cross for the Exemplary Service of the Estonian Defence Forces 21 February 2005
EST Gold Cross of the Officer of Land Forces.png Gold Cross of the Officer of Land Forces
EST MoD Medal of Participants in International Military Operations (1 to 3 missions).png MoD Medal of Participants in International Military Operations
EST Merit Medal of the Defence League Special Class.png Merit Medal of the Defence League Special Class
EST Memorial Medal 10 Years of the Re-Established Defence Forces.png Memorial Medal "10 Years of the Re-Established Defence Forces"
EST Ida prefektuuri teenetemärk.png Distinguished Service Decoration of the Eastern Prefecture
Silver Cross of the Rescue Board.png Silver Cross of the Rescue Board 10 February 2011
EST Kaitseliidu Kooli teeneterist.png Estonian Defence League School Cross of Merit
EST Cross of the Estonian Reserve Officers’ Assembly (silver).png Cross of the Estonian Reserve Officers’ Assembly (silver) 17 May 2016
EST Former Estonian Forest Brothers Association Service Cross III class.png Former Estonian Forest Brothers Association Service Cross III class
Foreign Awards
Bronze Star Medal ribbon.svg Bronze Star Medal (United States)
Badges
Combat Action Badge.svg Combat Action Badge (United States)
Balti Kaitsekolledži kõrgema staabikursuse lõpetanu rinnamärk.png Baltic Defence College Higher Command Studies Course graduate Badge
Balti Kaitsekolledži ühendtaseme juhtimis- ja staabikursuse lõpetanu rinnamärk (varasem).png Baltic Defence College Joint Command and General Staff Course graduate Badge
EST Sõjakooli keskastme kursuse lõpetanu rinnamärk.png Estonian National Defence College Advanced Officer Training Course Badge
EST Kuperjanovi jalaväepataljoni rinnamärk.png The Order of Merit of Kuperjanov Battalion

Personal life

Martin Herem is married and has a son and two daughters.[5] He is one of the grandchildren of Harri Moora.[6] One of his hobbies is marathon running. He has participated in the organisation of the Järvakandi marathon.[7] He is also one of the re-establishers of the Estonian Defence League in Rapla.[3]

References

Military offices
Preceded by
Aarne Ermus
Commandant of the Estonian National Defence College
2013–2016
Succeeded by
Enno Mõts
Preceded by
Igor Schvede
Chief of Staff of the Headquarters of the Estonian Defence Forces
2016–2018
Succeeded by
Veiko-Vello Palm
Preceded by
Riho Terras
Commander of the Estonian Defence Forces
2018–
Succeeded by
Incumbent

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