Mission of the Honour Guard Battalion
Protocol activities in accordance with ARM rules of engagement:
- Performing military honours for the President of the Republic of Macedonia.
- Performing military honours for Heads of foreign states, prime ministers, ministers of defence, chiefs of staff and other senior EU and NATO representatives.
- Performing at celebrations to mark state and military holidays.
- Performing at military ceremonies.
- Performing at ceremonies held on days of mourning, funerals and laying of wreaths at fallen heroes memorials.
Essential tasks of the Honour Guard Battalion
- Maintaining constant readiness of the unit for military honours.
- Maintaining high level of physical fitness of the personnel within the unit.
- Performing at the change of national flag ceremony in front of the Presidential villa in Vodno, the Parliament and the Government of the Republic of Macedonia.
Lieutenant Colonel Darko Stojkoski
Date and place of birth:
07.12.1981, Prilep, the Republic of Macedonia.
- Graduate Studies- infantry branch, Military Academy “ General Mihailo Apostolski”, Skopje;
- Specialization at the Joint Services Command and Staff College, Defence Academy of the United Kingdom;
- MA in Defence and Security Studies, King’s College, London, the United Kingdom.
- Integrated Border Security Course, Ankara, R. Turkey;
- Crisis Communication Course, RTCC, Skopje;
- Military Police International Peace Support Operations Course , Vienna, Austria;
- Counterinsurgency Operations Course, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina;
- Peace Support Operations Instructors Course, Vyskov, the Czech Republic;
- Peace Support Operations Staff Officers Course, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
- Platoon Commander;
- Company Commander;
- S-3/5/7 Chief of Staff in a battalion;
- Chief of Staff and Deputy Commander;
- Honour Guard Battalion Commander since 02.2019.
- Contingent commander deployed to the peacekeeping operation “ Iraqi Freedom”, Taji, Iraq;
- Operations Officer at OpsCoy/ HQ, ISAF peacekeeping operation, Kabul, Afghanistan.
- “Macedonian Flash” exercises, the Republic of Macedonia;
- “Sea Breeze” international exercise, the Republic of Ukraine;
- “Black Seа Rotational Forces” bilateral exercise, the Republic of Romania;
- “Cooperative Lancer & Longbow” multinational exercise, the Republic of Macedonia;
- “Immediate Response” multinational exercise, the Republic of Croatia.
Awards and decorations:
- Monetary award by the Minister of Defence;
- Time-off award by the Minister of Defence;
- Certificate of Appreciation by the JOC Commander;
- Time-off award by a Brigade Commander;
- Certificate of Appreciation by a Brigade Commander;
- Certificate of Appreciation by a Battalion Commander.
- Second Lieutenant, 2004;
- Lieutenant, 2006;
- Captain, 2009;
- Major, 2014;
- Lieutenant Colonel, 2018.
- English, STANAG 6001- 3.3.3
married, father of two children.
Master Sergeant Goran Kjirkovikj
Date and place of birth:
11.07.1974 Skopje, Republic of Macedonia.
- Professional soldier – border guard, 1994-2000;
- Section Commander at the border watchtower “Konjari”, Debar, 2000-2003;
- Honour Guard Section Commander of the CGB 1st Honour Guard Company, 2003-2007;
- First Sergeant of Honour Guard Company of the Honour Guard Battalion, 2007-2014;
- Command Sergeant Major of the Honour Guard Battalion, 2014.
- Sergeant 2000-2006
- Staff Sergeant 2006-2010
- Staff Sergeant 1st class 2010-2014
- Master Sergeant 2014
Awards and decorations:
- Certificate of Appreciation by the Battalion Commander and the LSC Commander;
- Golden Badge of ARM by the ARM Chief of GS in 2013.
Married, one child.
The Ceremonial Guard Battalion is based on the foundations of the First Guard Brigade, which was established on 26.03.1992 in “Ilinden” barracks, after the Republic of Macedonia gained its independence. By Decree of the President, 11th of November is set as the “Day of the Ceremonial Guard Battalion”, in honor of the famous First Macedonian-Kosovo Brigade and the First Macedonian National Liberation Brigade.
On the 22.07.2002 the “Honour and Service Guard Battalion” started functioning with experienced officers from the First Guard Brigade. On the 01.03.2006 the unit was transformed into the “Honour and Service Battalion” within the Command for Logistics Support. With the latest transformation of ARM on 01.04.2012 the unit received the rank of an independent battalion, directly subordinated to the General Staff, with the new name “Ceremonial Guard Battalion” composed of the Command and Staff, the First and Second Honour Guard Company and the military orchestra.
The Ceremonial Guard Battalion is organized around the principal guard’s values: honour, courage and commitment – qualities of each member of the unit. Honour as the foundation of guards’ character obliges them to act conscientiously and responsibly, to fulfill their duties, displaying the highest ethical and moral values. Courage is a source of psycho-physical and spiritual force that leads guards through the challenge of fighting and brings them to victory. Guard’s commitment leads to professionalism, creates the highest order of discipline for him and the unit, instills loyalty to the army and the country, and gives determination to achieve a standard of excellence in every endeavor.
In the spirit of the principal values, the soldiers show their motivation with the slogan “Lux Aeterna” which means “Eternal Light” as a symbol of the eternal Macedonian sun and the Macedonian defiance.
The Ceremonial Guard Battalion achieves quality and professional level in the organization and execution of combat training, with realistic conditions to meet the required norms and standards. It has performed military honours for many foreign delegations and dignitaries, at the highest professional level. The members of the battalion make the first impression that foreign delegations get when being welcomed in our country.
Being a member of the Ceremonial Guard Battalion of ARM and representing the Army and the Republic of Macedonia is a special privilege and honour.