Engineer Battalion (Estonia)

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Pioneer Battalion
Insignia of Engineer Battalion (Estonia).svg
Coat of arms
Active 1917–1940 · 2002–present
Country  Estonia
Branch Estonian Ground Force
Type Pioneer
Role Combat Engineering
Size Battalion
Garrison/HQ Tapa
Nickname(s) "Lahingpioneerid"
Anniversaries Foundation 15 December
Restoration 2 February
Engagements Estonian War of Independence
Afghanistan War (2001)
Iraq War (2003)
Current commander Major Antti Viljaste
Lieutenant Colonel Jaan Soots
Captain Voldemar Riiberg
Distinctive Unit Insignia Coat of arms of Pioneeripataljon-Estonia.jpg

The Pioneer Battalion (Estonian: Pioneeripataljon) is the Estonian Defence Forces combat engineering force which has a supportive military formation role among the Estonian Ground Forces.


The Pioneeripataljon plays a supportive role on the battlefield performing such tasks as fortification, bridge and road construction or destruction, laying or clearing landmines, neutralization of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and general engineering tasks under fire. More generally speaking, the combat engineer's tasks involve facilitating movement and support of friendly forces while impeding that of the enemy. The unit is also equipped and trained to deal with the NBC weapons threat and disarmament.[1]