Defense Minister Mart Laar has nominated Col. Peeter Hoppe as the new chief of staff of the Defense Forces.
If confirmed by the Cabinet, the 51-year-old Hoppe will replace Brig. Gen. Riho Terras, who became the the new Commander-in-Chief on December 5.
Hoppe, who currently serves as deputy chief of staff for operations, started his career with the military in 1993 and came up through the elite Kuperjanov Battalion.
Defense Minister Laar said Hoppe had served in all of the key capacities of an officer's career and had a superb grasp of the service, needs and development goals of the Defense Forces.
"He also has strong international experience which he gained from NATO's Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum staff and thanks to his current post as deputy chief of staff he is undoubtedly a worthy partner to Brig. Gen. Riho Terras in developing and leading the Defense Forces in the future," said Laar.
Hoppe graduated from the Tallinn University of Technology, Finnish National Defense University and US National War College. He holds a Master's in military strategy from the US National Defense University.
From 2000-2002, he served in the operations department of the Defense Forces Headquarters. From 2002-2005 he was chief of staff of the Army.