6 January, the Vice Admiral took over as chief of the Norwegian Military
Mission in Brussels (MMB). Louise K. Dedichen succeeds Ketil Olsen who retired in
December 2019. Based at NATO’s headquarters in Brussels, she is the first
ever woman to serve in the NATO Military Committee.
On her very
first day, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg called in for an emergency
meeting due to the current security situation between Iran and the USA. The
international security situation made Dedichen’s debut day somehow different.
excited to see what this day brings. I can see that my calendar already has been
changed”, Dedichen says. It is just a little after 08:00 in the morning, but
Dedichen has already been to two meetings.
of hours later, the Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, Air Chief Marshal Stuart
Peach, officially welcomes her to the committee. Afterwards, Dedichen is
invited to hold her own speech.
significance of climate change in the far north is close to my heart. For
Norway, the northern region is important. The melting of sea ice opens new maritime
routes in the north, and this will change the worldview. We must be aware of
that, the Vice Admiral pointed out.
speech, she also spoke about her twelve years as chief of the Norwegian Defence
believe that my experience is different from many of my colleagues. My most challenging
job as chief, was implementing a new educational reform within the Norwegian Armed Forces. And I
think my experience and competence from that process will come in handy”, she
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As chief of
the Norwegian Military Mission to Brussels, her main job is to maintain Norway’s
interests and represent the Norwegian Chief of Defence in NATO. The fact that
she is the first female representative in the committee, is not very important
course it is important to show younger women that Norway is a frontrunner when
it comes to recruiting women. But my main focus is doing a good job”, she says,
security situation, my job is important and demanding. This job demands presence,
dialogue with other nations and making contacts. In order to give good advice, I
must have the best and full understanding and overview of the situation”, Dedichen
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a small nation, but a strategic and geographically significant member for NATO.
And the Alliance is also crucial for Norwegian security.
why Norway needs to take part in the important processes, so that we can
influence and secure our national interests”, she says.
not the first time Dedichen is in Brussels working for NATO.
ago, I was aides-de-camp for the General who had the same job as I have now. In
that regard, you might say that I am back where I started”, she laughs.