Latvian National Armed Forces Staff Battalion
NAF Staff Battalion (Latvian: NBS Štāba Bataljons) was formed in 1992 in need to reestablish the national and military traditions and rituals of the Republic of Latvia. The Battalion is a separate unit directly subordinate to the NAF Commander.
Though one of the main tasks of the NAF Staff Battalion is to participate in military ceremonies and rituals, it also provides other knowledge and skills required by soldiers. The Battalion has established good cooperation with various schools and has organized diverse military sports activities off site. The Battalion has also welcomed several delegations to its base. The NAF Orchestra is a part of the Staff Battalion. The Orchestra’s musicians participate in official ceremonies as demanded by national protocol, various events organized by the Minister of Defense and the NAF Commander, as well as other top military ceremonies.
The main mission of the NAF Staff Battalion is to:
- Provide the Honor Guard at the Freedom Monument and the Riga Palace;
- Participate in military ceremonies and rituals;
- Guard the Ministry of Defense and NAF installations located within the Riga garrison.
Several foreign conductors have contributed to the professional growth of the orchestra with concerts prepared and conducted by bandmasters from different countries. The NAF Staff Orchestra has participated in several international military brass band festivals in Europe with great success.