Slovenia became the first member of the NATO that has nominated a woman for the highest military duty. Major General Alenka Ermenc, who was last Friday on the proposal of Karl Erjavec, the Slovenian Minister of Defense, will perform this function. This appointment was approved by Borut Pahor, President of Slovenia, and the Supreme Commander of the Army of that country. In Alenka’s biography is written that she was born in 1963, and that she graduated from the Faculty of Social Sciences in Ljubljana. She was honored for her graduation from the Royal College of Defense Studies in London, and then she received a Master’s degree in International Studies at Kings College, also in London. She actively participated in the war for independence of Slovenia which was led in 1991. After that, she was employed in the Armed Forces of Slovenia, where she has been working for 27 years.
Ermenc was part of the KFORs mission in Kosovo led by NATO. There she was acting as an adviser to the commander. She participated in numerous military exercises in Slovenia and abroad both within the NATO and EU troops. Due to devotional service to the Slovenian Army and the Ministry of Defense, she received six medals. She was also decorated by NATO for cooperation in international peacekeeping operations. In her recent interview with the Slovenian media, she said, among other things, that women are completely equal and have equal treatment in the Slovenian army as well as men. This is extremely important because this rule applies to the armies of all countries that are members of the NATO. It is consistently applying at the top of the Western Military Alliance also. The first contributors to the NATO`s General Secretary, Jens Stoltenberg, are members of the female gender Oana Lungescu, Rose Gotemeler, and Claire Hutchison.