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Support Command of the Estonian Defence Forces

Commander of the Support Command of the Estonian Defence Forces: Lieutenant Colonel Toomas Susi

Phone +372 717 4000
E-mail kv.tvj[at]mil.ee 


The Support Command, re-established in 2002 (called the Logistics Centre of the Estonian Defence Forces up to 2014), is the legal successor to the Varustusvalitsus, established on 21 November 1918. The Varustusvalitsus of the past played a critical role in winning the War of Independence, as this structural unit had to provide the National Army with everything they needed for combat – arms, ammunition, supplies, clothes, shelter, and food. This means that the Estonian military logistics and the support command have the right and honour to call themselves one of the winners of the War of Independence and, consequently, founders of the Republic of Estonia.

Today, in many NATO countries, military logistics is regarded as the so-called fourth armed service beside the land, sea and air forces. As the so-called fourth armed service of the Estonian Defence Forces, the Support Command must ensure the daily functioning of the Estonian Defence Forces.

The Support Command ensures that the Estonian Defence Force units have ammunition, arms, equipment and means of transport; that the conscripts are fed and have a decent working, training and living environment in the form of the buildings and training grounds. The Support Command also provides medical services to the Estonian Defence Forces. The Support Command supports all units of the Estonian Defence Forces participating in military operations with the necessary ammunition, arms, equipment and means of transport.

The Logistics Battalion of the Support Command trains reserve logistics and medical orderlies for the wartime units of the Defence Forces. In the major military exercises in spring, the Logistics Battalion is the one who, employing conscripts having received the appropriate training, conducts actual transport, thereby supplying the necessary equipment for the exercise. The battalion’s coat of arms, depicting a fire-breathing steel dragon, is a symbol of strength and speed, which is an identity embodied by each of the fighters in the logistics battalion.

The Support Command also prepares military logistics for the national logistical support units in war zones or military operations, whose task is to ensure the functioning of our combat units in the operational area, as well as medical orderlies serving in war zones.

The orchestra of the Defence Forces is also subordinate to the Support Command, meaning that the Support Command is responsible for military music.

The Support Command sources supplies for the conscripts and the services and materials necessary for the daily functioning of the Defence Forces. It also manages all the accounts, invoices and payrolls of the Estonian Defence Forces. The Support Command is responsible for the management and maintenance of all sites, buildings and training grounds of the Defence Forces. The Support Command is also responsible for the functioning of all eight canteens of the Defence Forces and catering for the conscripts.

The Support Command is comprised of 11 structural units:

Headquarters of the Support Command 

  • planning and coordinating logistical support of the Estonian Defence Forces units and mission units;
  • running, controlling and supporting the overall work processes of the Support Command;
  • coordinating international cooperation of the Support Command

Logistics Battalion

  • conducting logistical training for the Estonian Defence Forces and preparing reserve units;
  • preparing conscripts for logistics in the Estonian Defence Forces;
  • providing logistical support for the Estonian Defence Forces units.

Logistics School

  • theoretical development of logistics in the Estonian Defence Forces;
  • production of logistics training materials;
  • conducting military logistics education in the Estonian Defence Forces.

Movement and Transportation Service

  • planning and arranging strategic movements of Estonian troops;
  • arranging customs and border crossing procedures for international movements;
  • providing movement coordination and control in support of HNS.

Defence Materiel Division

  • defence materiel management;
  • defence materiel maintenace;
  • depot service.

Procurement Service

  • conducting public procurement;
  • representing Estonian Defence Forces in disputes relating to public procurement and contractual matters;
  • coordination of procurement cooperation.

Medical Centre

  • training paramedics for the Estonian Defence Forces;
  • providing the Estonian Defence Forces with medical services;
  • supplying the Estonian Defence Forces with medical equipment and supplies.

Estate Service

  • possession of the defence registered immovables and practice fields management, maintenance and development;
  • catering management, development and control;
  • ensure the existence of food resources.

Personnel Support Services Centre

  • the rehabilitation of injured or sick and rehabilitation organisation and coordination;
  • social and psychological support and religious activities, leadership, organization and coordination;
  • organizing and coordination of veteran policy.

Accounting Centre

  • managing the accounting of the Estonian Defence Forces;
  • supplying structural units with the necessary accounting data for budget preparations.

Orchestra

  • participation of national and defence representation events;
  • promoting and arranging of military music and concerts;
  • organization of co-operation with foreign military orchestras and Estonian civilian orchestras.

Headquarters of the Estonian Defence Forces, 717 1900, mil[at]mil.ee, Juhkentali 58, EE15007, Tallinn, Estonia.

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